Reality Bites


in a gathering of friends and more
we hear them talk, of their promotions of sort
a new car on the way, a new house to stay
a planned holiday, a great time off

in a gathering of friends and more
no one will talk of an annoying neighbor
or a nosy mother in law, just no one
or an abusive partner, just no one

in a gathering of friends and more
we saw them give their best smiles
parade their most expensive clothes
show off a new designer bag
or a sparkling diamond ring

in a gathering of friends and more
we hear the best, we see the good
until it’s over, the gathering
of friends and more

then reality bites,
they took off their masks
faces the mirror, they see a reflection
a reflection of what’s not to be

fo Sadjie’s WDYS

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’twas a roller coaster ride of emotions

and an arduous, strenuous journey

roadblocks and obstacles were always on the way

but, i never back out, i never retreat

even come rain and sunshine, i just travel

nor come hell and heaven, i just proceed


the unfamiliar is a dangerous place to proceed

my strength was tested even my emotions

the voyage to the unknown was a daunting travel

with my courage and determination, i continue my journey

it was such a relief, a great retreat

for i know there is always, the path to the right way


careful analysis and investigation lead me the way

i was firm, i was strong, i moved forward, and proceed

the goal is to advance, to continue, never to retreat

even when doubt was in, i held on to my emotions

at the end of the day, i know i will find…

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Charlie Chaplin remembered

Rhapsody Bohème

This is Charlie Chaplin at age 26, photographed 100 years ago. Below is a poem he read on his 70th birthday, written by Kim McMillen. Enjoy!

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is Authenticity.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody if I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call this Respect.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded was inviting me to grow. Today I call this Maturity.

As I began to love myself I understood that…

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Sarah Doughty

“With every breath I take,
I want to tell you how much I love you.”

It was your mind that pulled me toward you before everything else. The way you seemed to know me like an old friend. The way you respected me like a person. And even when you were angry, you never stopped being my friend. So why can’t I tell you how much I love you with every breath I have in my chest? Why can’t I hold your hand, or rest my head on your shoulder? I feel like I’m punishing you for something that you never did. And I don’t know how to make it right.

© Sarah Doughty

Maybe, just maybe,
there’s no way
to make it right.
Maybe this is
what it means
to ruin others.

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