life: acoustic & amplified

poetry, quotes & thoughts about life

responsive moments

Because you are alive, everything is possible.

-Thich Nhat Hanh

The bumper sticker says Live In The Moment! on a Jeep

that cuts me off. I’m working to forget it, to let go

of everything but the wheel in my hands,

as a road connects two cities without forcing them

to touch. When I drive by something, does it sway

toward me or away? Does it slip into the past

or dance nervously in place? The past suffers

from anxiety too. It goes underground, emerging

once in a blue moon to hiss. I hear the grass never

saying a word. I hear it spreading its arms across

each grave & barely catch a name. My dying wish

is scattering now before every planet. I want places to

look forward to. Listen: the earth is a thin voice

in a headset. It’s whispering breathe… breathe…

but who believes in going back?


The Past Suffers Too by Ben Perkert

Between stimulus and response, there is a space.

In that space is our power to choose our response.

In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

~Victor Frankl

for such a time as this

what if it all comes down to this moment in time

this arena you stand in right now

this opportunity straight ahead in the path

this pickle

this dilemma

this hot spot

this crisis


just this…

this choice for you to take as it is

to rise strong in your glory

to be all that you can be

this very morning


Amy Lloyd

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