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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Humanist Vision

Humanist Vision

When we were young we had rights
and speaking our thoughts
was not a crime.

Even so they shot us down
on the streets
and campuses for speaking.

When we were young
we had horizons in our minds;
but they had boxes designed to keep us busy.

We struggled;
not conforming because
we believed our prophets





who pointed to the horizons.
A few fixed their eyes on the vision
and started off.




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Text Copyright 2008 David H. Roche

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Contentment

Contentment

I know where I’m headed;
its through a door called the grave
that opens to starlight.

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Nothing ever ends … it merely changes.
I’m content with that.





Text Copyright 2008 by David H. Roche

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Life Lane

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Life Lane is in a rural location a few miles off of U.S. 30 along the Alston - Mayger road. It's just a few miles past the Lewis and Clark bridge and Rainier Oregon if your heading towards Clatskanie or Astoria.

On a visit
I saw the sign and the cemetery across the road. Their juxtaposition was something that I could not help but think about. Death is always rummaging around in the back of my mind. It's become the perennial 'boogie man' that religions use to keep people in line.


Life and death, yin and yang, black and white: these comprise the spectrum of differences that make up everything. You've got to get to know these things before life makes any sense. If you don't you'll look and wonder and perhaps cry. If you do you can smile confidently in a bitter sweet kind of way because life is nice, and the unknown is, well, unknown. So talk to death until you have your answers.


The Teacher

Make friends with death.

Take his hand; invite him to walk with you.

Listen to what he has to say, he's wise.



When you've talked,

say goodbye and go your way;

you'll meet again, and you'll be ready.





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