Naming Influences: In Retrospect

Naming the Influence : In Retrospect

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Things designed to grow

often get away from us

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One look at my yard

or my children

would evidence why

this might be of concern

to me

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disease and debt,

dust and doubt,

all maintain this quality;

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It’s not a bad thing really –

imagination, desire,

patience and hope

are also items that accrue

over time and with attention

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It’s the sort of thing one,

well, simply notices:

that desire and decay

operate on similar terms

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both of which catch us unaware.

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“They feed they lion”

it’s been said

and I know

what it means

(at least in part)

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what we emphasize

while naming our influence

is suspect at least –

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“side-swiped” we declaim,

“should have known”

or “could have seen coming”

of this, that and other

ever going, growing,

right along, alongside,

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perhaps unseen,

perhaps simply ignored

(and that prior to perception)

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all our –isms, habits, beliefs

in their cumulative gentle violence

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what our mouths spray

our lives belie

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in retrospect.

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