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About Timepoetguru

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 14:41:24 +0000

A completely unqualified collection of thoughts about moving sideways through time The residents of line-land are obsessed with ordinality. In line-land, the one dimensional universe created by Edwin A. Abbott in Flatland, the order you are born in is the order you live and die in. There is no way to get out of it, […](image)


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What Have I Done?poetguru

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:07:52 +0000

Phillip Levine was one of the great 20th century American poets. There is something in his work I have never been able to name about how the esoteric meets the ordinary, how the physical meets the intellectual. He wrote about a steel world I just missed, and an aluminum one I emerged into. In his […](image)


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October Thoughts: Volume Twopoetguru

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 11:47:47 +0000

An unordered collection of quips and notions collected in the second half of this month. * There is nothing you can do to bring yourself closer to God, nothing. All you can do is take off your shades, your costume, lift the veil. God is right there. * Water in its pure state is a […](image)


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Quiet Mindpoetguru

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 23:15:09 +0000

I ran a 5k yesterday, the same Halloween 5k we run every year. I ran without a watch, without headphones, and therefore without music. Last year I had my running mix, knowing when I could listen to something relaxed or inconsequential and when I needed my “last mile” list of hard and heavy tunes. A […](image)


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Life Can Be Funpoetguru

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 12:13:08 +0000

There are certainly days that need Carpe Diem, Dent the Universe, Kick Today in the Dick. There are incidents you see coming, that you know are going to hurt immeasurably, that you just need to steel yourself and move through. There are features of society that are abusive, unfair, unnecessarily cruel, exploitative by design. We […](image)


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Perhaps One Thingpoetguru

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 22:39:49 +0000

I wish to retract the parameters of this month’s practice. I have said often that what I was trying to do this month was nothing. Perhaps that was wrong. Perhaps what I have been doing is not nothing, but one thing. When I sit on the floor and watch my mind I sit on the […](image)


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Fail(ing)poetguru

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:02:14 +0000

Habit is the sneakiest creature. Like a cat waiting to get to the bathroom and drink water from the toilet it will sit patiently, watching for the slightest lax in security. It is in no rush to be drunk. So, over the last few days I have begun to show cracks, to move less, and […](image)


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Vacationpoetguru

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 23:40:08 +0000

I am here to offer you a vacation. It is only a day long. For today (or tomorrow if that is more convenient) take a vacation from thinking that you can change or move anything. Of course everything will change, everything will move. You will too. But for one day imagine that none of it […](image)


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My Car Is Making a Noisepoetguru

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:02:14 +0000

My car is making a noise. It runs fine. It’s just that off the block there’s a sound for a few seconds like dice rolling in a Yahtzee cup. I have no idea how long it’s been doing it. The first time I drove it I explained to the salesman that I consider a car […](image)


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You Have a Choicepoetguru

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:11:34 +0000

My wife is fond of using a version of this with the multisport athletes she coaches. “You are not a tree,” meaning you can move. You can always move. My observation this month is that the same is true of your mind. Your mind is not a tree. It can move. But the key to […](image)


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The Disaster of Miami, 2017poetguru

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 13:23:11 +0000

It must be hard being (rather than having) a brain. You are designed to process data, to keep vital organs running, to analyze and find patterns whether they exist or not, uptime uptime uptime, until it get so exhausting you have to shut the system down (then run in low power mode… heartbeat plus fantasy… […](image)


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Weightpoetguru

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 14:13:26 +0000

A measure of mass times gravity. An element of work over time. The burdens we bear of remembering history, of ‘Never Forget’ing. There’s an image in my head from a Capitol. One of those pillars next to the big stairs, a girl sitting on the edge there, her scissored heels drumming the granite. I can […](image)


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This Is A Beingpoetguru

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:03:04 +0000

This is a being. A being is an instance of existence. Existence is the imagination of not notness. Imagination acted out is experience. Experience is also not notness, but it’s different. Existence (experience and imagination) and notness. That is all. This being came into existence from notness. It began to experience and imagine, and to […](image)


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Getting There…poetguru

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:04:21 +0000

When I was in college our game was “How would you get there?” Go the Thruway? But the back roads are less congested. There’s actually a windy route if you head east first that will get you north faster. And that bridge is free while this one costs a dollar. But that way costs you […](image)


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Meditating With My Dogspoetguru

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:19:46 +0000

I’m not sure what you imagine a meditation practice to be. You might picture a throne of pillows in a light-blue room, a gentle breeze wafting in from an open window, soft music, a tiny fountain babbling over a pile of stones. This is not my practice. I am of the school that the simplest […](image)


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The Sun Does Not Rise, The Earth Turnspoetguru

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:47:01 +0000

The hardest thing I’ve done in a dream was teaching myself to die. When I lived alone in grad school I had little to do and could devote hours to meditation. It took me months to figure out, each time waking up before the explosion, the bullet, the impact. When it finally worked (car crash) […](image)


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October Thoughts: Volume 1poetguru

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:30:55 +0000

An orderless collection of small thoughts I have kept so far this month: — Forgetting is an act of cleanliness. — The body is meant to move and the mind is meant to be at rest. In our culture we increasingly have the body at rest while the mind moves. — For society to evolve […](image)


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Weaknesspoetguru

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:02:34 +0000

It’s not all rainbows. It’s not all beauty. I am filled with toxins. And the first thing that happens when you decide to imbibe less is that the wells of good things that have been outweighing the poisons drain away. You find out all the crap that has sunk to the bottom of your pond. […](image)


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Groundedpoetguru

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 14:44:49 +0000

I realized I have grounded myself. One month: No TV, no YouTube, no Netflix, no Facebook, no music or podcasts, no watching poker or wrestling, no professionally produced drama. No internet unless it relates directly to work. Go to work, exercise, meditate, write. No spending money frivolously (no new things). No eating to excess. Weigh […](image)


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Small World Little Squirrelpoetguru

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:36:47 +0000

Originally posted on The More I Learn the More I Wonder:
I set out to comment on this post by Thom Ingram, and realized instead that his writing had inspired more than just a comment. I’m not going to rehash his post; just read it for yourself because it’s a beautiful mindful struggle with the…(image)


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The Next Five Minutespoetguru

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:11:15 +0000

Consider the next five minutes of your life, only five. Any further than that and things get murky. What could happen in the next five minutes that would make you ebulliently happy, overwhelmingly overjoyed? If it takes more than five minutes scratch it off the list. Consider again. What could happen in the next five […](image)


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The Yummy Crumbspoetguru

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:41:24 +0000

At the end of the first half-marathon I ran they led us through a tent filled with the most delicious pizza anyone had ever tasted. It probably wasn’t. It was probably greasy, cheap, and more like cardboard. But I had never run past six miles. So to my distressed, exhausted, parched tongue it was astounding. […](image)


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DTTWpoetguru

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:55:37 +0000

I think my deep reading of spiritual literature started in grad school. Which is unfortunate since I took a course in undergrad that I barely remember that included the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads. I purchased the books, but read them only enough to pass the class. In grad school, outside of class, I was […](image)


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A Morsel To A Madmanpoetguru

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:14:54 +0000

Remember when everything was amazing? When you would brake your bike to catch the sunset and be dumbstruck by how wonderfully tri-colored shades splashed across the sky. When the number one song on the radio moved you not just to dance, but to look longingly at a very ordinary person across math class and see […](image)


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Flush the Fieldpoetguru

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 22:15:45 +0000

You have a wound. Dug into it is debris and dirt, some bugs, definitely any opportunistic infections. The first thing you are supposed to do is flush the field. Fill the whole thing with water until everything is cleared. It’s a strategy that makes a lot more sense than using the world’s tiniest tweezers to […](image)


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Attributionpoetguru

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 14:40:55 +0000

In the movie Stranger Than Fiction the main character Harold Crick observes that the sound made while filing IRS paperwork resembles “a deep and endless ocean.” Were I to quote this line I should therefore attribute the line to Harold Crick. But Crick only verbalizes this thought because the narrator of the story, and of […](image)


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The Pitpoetguru

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 12:40:07 +0000

The pit sat inside the fruit. It could not remember coming into existence, but knew it existed. It hung suspended in a beautiful sea of bright color and moist nourishment, a lovely and succulent meat. But it was none of these. It did not feel lovely or succulent, colorful or nourishing, bright or moist. The […](image)


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Memory in the Fleshpoetguru

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 20:28:58 +0000

If one were to design a body you might put the sensing IO very near to the processor, in fact you would embed the optical nerve, the auditory nerve, the nasal processor, the taste module right up into the brain. There is zero lag time between my seeing and my knowing I’m seeing, zero lag […](image)


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Thinking in GraphspoetguruScreen Shot 2017-10-05 at 9.31.47 AM

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:36:19 +0000

…or what it means when the meditation says, “Notice your (you’re) breathing.”(image)


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Day Fourpoetguru

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:48:07 +0000

Day one you feel great. You’re starting something new. You have all the hope in the world. The idea is a new born baby cleaned off by the nurses and handed to you pristine and innocent. Day two you feel even better. Wow. Who would have thought after one day that this could go so […](image)


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For the Love of Dramapoetguru

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:10:47 +0000

God. Or nothing. Or whatever predated this existence, hanging in its existenceness, a unified everything. One of my college girlfriend’s had a rape fantasy. The first rule of fighting fair is choosing to fight. Don’t talk about Fight Club. Eliot dared to eat a peach (pushing the moment to its crisis). If we go more […](image)


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The Volume of Voicespoetguru

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:12:42 +0000

Not much has changed since I was twelve years old. We’ve grown taller and rounder and traded vices. Cars last longer. Movie runs are shorter. But the essentials are the same. Venerable actors keep dying. Grandparents are still aghast at the world their grandkids are growing up in. We long for an imaginary better time. […](image)


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October’s Intentionspoetguru

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 23:44:28 +0000

August was a warmup, and it was fascinating. So what if, instead, for 31 days one attempts to make space for insight, for information to come through, rather than in or out? If with everything imbibed the question was, “Is this what I want to bring into being, not just into the body, but into […](image)


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An Exchangepoetguru

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:28:04 +0000

A big thought while listening to a teaching from Pema Chödrön: saying “I don’t want to be how I currently am,” is the surest way to remain exactly how you are.” A simply question: Why? I don’t have the capability to answer why, so instead I will take a swing at how, how it works. […](image)


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Four ‘Versespoetguru

Sat, 27 May 2017 15:25:08 +0000

Here… exists the Sensory Universe, the world we were born into, vagina we were pushed through, the room, which in comparison was too bright and so cold and overly sterile. So we howled. And to this day we’ve build castles to regulate temperature, to protect us from wind and rain, sprays to add and detract […](image)


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Sun, 30 Apr 2017 00:12:00 +0000

“Meditations of a Word.” If you would like to suggest a word for this project comment below. #NationalPoetryMonth(image)


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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:45:59 +0000

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:12:59 +0000

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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:37:52 +0000

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:51:48 +0000

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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:52:02 +0000

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HeropoetguruIMG_0347

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 04:09:35 +0000

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Sun, 16 Apr 2017 20:28:06 +0000

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Sat, 15 Apr 2017 03:23:26 +0000

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Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:36:43 +0000

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Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:57:19 +0000

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Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:46:56 +0000

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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 01:14:50 +0000

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Sun, 09 Apr 2017 02:39:01 +0000

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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:03:31 +0000

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Wed, 05 Apr 2017 12:10:35 +0000

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Tue, 04 Apr 2017 11:18:18 +0000

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Mon, 03 Apr 2017 23:39:54 +0000

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Sun, 02 Apr 2017 13:59:33 +0000

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Sat, 01 Apr 2017 12:08:04 +0000

April is National Poetry Month. This year I will be combining my passions in a project called “Meditations of a Word.” If you would like to suggest a word for this project comment below. #NationalPoetryMonth(image)


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Thrivepoetguru

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:51:31 +0000

The Presidential election was either the culmination or precursor to some major changes in the way our country views itself, and how we view each other. I can tell you personally it has heightened or highlighted tensions between myself and people whom I love and respect. I don’t think it has much, or anything, to […](image)


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“Calm Down”poetguru

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:13:11 +0000

In my native language there are concepts that lack corollary words, and words that inaccurately convey complex concepts. One such phrase is calm down (or relax or chill out), a phrase that has never yet achieved its intended result. I think the problem with this phrase is the chasm between its intended delivery and its […](image)


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Why You Can’t Have A Puppypoetguru

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:14:34 +0000

Because you will love it dearly. Because one night when you can’t sleep you’ll reach out to her for comfort but she’ll be on the other end of the bed, so you’ll roll back over lonely, and she’ll somehow know to get up, turn around and lay back down directly under your outstretched arm. Perhaps […](image)


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A Series of Bubblespoetguru

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:16:26 +0000

I think more and more about reality, in all its incarnations and levels, as a series of bubbles. Two teenagers hop into a rusted out clunker of a car and crank up a stereo worth more than the value of the rest of the car. While they ride, feet up on the dashboard, rhythm mimicked […](image)


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VS.poetguru

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:08:38 +0000

Huh. A second album. Let’s see what else you had to record in the back of the bin. What else you have to say. Go We start at a thousand miles, the pace of a band that has been touring, the pace of light posts passing over a car, a bus, below planes, carrying electricity […](image)


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An Experimentpoetgurumy-oh-my-001

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:03:55 +0000

For a day, or an hour, or the length of a meditation or thought experiment, eliminate the use and concept of I. I, as in, the inclusive actor in the story. i, as in, the little naked monkey with a disconnected head. And I, the formally dressed; top hat and heels. Think, instead, of the […](image)


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Tenpoetguru

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:04:45 +0000

I am fascinated by a band’s first album. This is before everyone knows their name. While they can still get in a van and stop at a gas station and eat at a diner and not be huge. This is before they are as good as they one day will be. These are the songs […](image)


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Rules for this Mix: Pearl Jampoetguru

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 12:49:15 +0000

I am not an audiophile. I’ve never been cool. So let’s keep this simple. 1. I am listening to the ten studio albums that Pearl Jam has released over the last 25 years. I am ignoring all the iterations and live versions that are available. I am ignoring everybody’s solo careers, work with other bands, […](image)


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Oncepoetguru

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 15:50:00 +0000

Twenty-five years ago this month, by fate and by coincidence, a series of blessings were laid out before me. Me, the odd child out of every clique in high school, left for college and found the greatest gift any weirdo could hope for, a group of fellow oddities scared and afraid and honest and frightened […](image)


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Episode 10 – Interactionpoetguru

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 19:52:06 +0000

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/audio/postId/6449486?url=http%3A%2F%2Fthesecondarrrow.podbean.com%2Fe%2Fepisode-10-interaction%2F%3Ftoken%3Dfb0893e6f43f80d86795291b3dc158ac&skin=1&download=1&share=1&auto=0&fonts=Helvetica The final episode of season one. Interaction.(image)


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Thinking In Graphs – Economic Fairnesspoetgurucharts.001charts.002

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:11:58 +0000

I think we can all agree (of course we can’t, but let me dream) that a fair and economically just society would look something like this: Where work is considered the time, energy, creativity, brain and body power that you emit each day in order to create something meaningful for society. In exchange you get […](image)


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Episode 9 – Gracepoetguru

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:59:13 +0000

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Episode 8 – Momentspoetguru

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:51:05 +0000

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/audio/postId/6364156?url=http%3A%2F%2Fthesecondarrrow.podbean.com%2Fe%2Fepisode-8-moments%2F%3Ftoken%3Dcfbdc44d2743256a1e346bf44511524d&skin=1&download=1&share=1&auto=0&fonts=Helvetica The first arrow is the one that hits you out of the blue; the accident, the misstep, the karmic thwap. The second arrow is the one you fire at yourself, in order to deepen the wound and teach yourself a lesson. The first arrow is painful. The second arrow is suffering.(image)


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Episode 7 – Matterpoetguru

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:52:12 +0000

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/audio/postId/6360153?url=http%3A%2F%2Fthesecondarrrow.podbean.com%2Fe%2Fepisode-7-matter%2F%3Ftoken%3D5161a17f6f3dd28d3700e27fbbe7565d&skin=1&download=1&share=1&auto=0&fonts=Helvetica The first arrow is the one that hits you out of the blue; the accident, the misstep, the karmic thwap. The second arrow is the one you fire at yourself, in order to deepen the wound and teach yourself a lesson. The first arrow is painful. The second arrow is suffering.(image)


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Episode 1 – Herenowpoetguru

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:51:05 +0000

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/audio/postId/6360152?url=http%3A%2F%2Fthesecondarrrow.podbean.com%2Fe%2Fepisode-1-herenow%2F%3Ftoken%3D9d98fd675a6133113efb8c5ea52ecf77&skin=1&download=1&share=1&auto=0&fonts=Helvetica The first arrow is the one that hits you out of the blue; the accident, the misstep, the karmic thwap. The second arrow is the one you fire at yourself, in order to deepen the wound and teach yourself a lesson. The first arrow is painful. The second arrow is suffering.(image)


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Episode 6: Kindpoetguru

Sun, 17 Jul 2016 01:00:05 +0000

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/audio/postId/6357352?url=http%3A%2F%2Fthesecondarrrow.podbean.com%2Fe%2Fepisode-6-kind%2F%3Ftoken%3D5cae934877747a78c840bb7336a129fe&skin=1&download=1&share=1&auto=0&fonts=Helvetica The first arrow is the one that hits you out of the blue; the accident, the misstep, the karmic thwap. The second arrow is the one you fire at yourself, in order to deepen the wound and teach yourself a lesson. The first arrow is painful. The second arrow is suffering.(image)


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Episode 5: Tastepoetguru

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 20:11:05 +0000

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/audio/postId/6354110?url=http%3A%2F%2Fthesecondarrrow.podbean.com%2Fe%2Fepisode-5-taste%2F%3Ftoken%3D0fac2d1f3729fcc5deb4aace0cf81cab&skin=1&download=1&share=1&auto=0&fonts=Helvetica The first arrow is the one that hits you out of the blue; the accident, the misstep, the karmic thwap. The second arrow is the one you fire at yourself, in order to deepen the wound and teach yourself a lesson. The first arrow is painful. The second arrow is suffering.(image)


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Episode 4: Choicepoetguru

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:35:15 +0000

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/audio/postId/6350555?url=http%3A%2F%2Fthesecondarrrow.podbean.com%2Fe%2Fepisode-4-choice%2F%3Ftoken%3D98d807f257ecd601a7b7171921fe3b31&skin=1&download=1&share=1&auto=0&fonts=Helvetica The first arrow is the one that hits you out of the blue; the accident, the misstep, the karmic thwap. The second arrow is the one you fire at yourself, in order to deepen the wound and teach yourself a lesson. The first arrow is painful. The second arrow is suffering.(image)


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Episode 3: Awarepoetguru

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 20:19:05 +0000

https://www.podbean.com/media/player/iqr79-60c686?from=yiiadmin The first arrow is the one that hits you out of the blue; the accident, the misstep, the karmic thwap. The second arrow is the one you fire at yourself, in order to deepen the wound and teach yourself a lesson. The first arrow is painful. The second arrow is suffering.(image)


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Second Arrow Podcast – Episode 2: Spacepoetguru

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 16:38:21 +0000

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The Second Arrow Podcast: Episode 1poetguru

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 16:34:04 +0000

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A Notice Meditationpoetguru

Mon, 30 May 2016 20:12:44 +0000

I notice the weight of the blanket on my legs. The tightness of my shorts. The feeling of one hand weighing on top of the other on top of my chest. I notice what appears to be light around the left edge of my closed eyes. What they tell me are floaters. Luminous squares that […](image)


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What The Hell Is Water?poetguru

Tue, 17 May 2016 02:00:37 +0000

“There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, “What […](image)


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I Wander Downstairs…poetguru

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:29:32 +0000

I wander downstairs in my white blousey shirt sleeves stretched in all directions from twisting in sleepless sheets. I sit on the floor surrounded by silent voices on the page as I struggle to free my wonder… who said a line and in what verse? Rumi? Doty? The line spoke to what it means to […](image)


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El Cuerpo de Bomberos de La Ciudad de Ibarrapoetguru

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 01:41:50 +0000

-for Dayko The bodies like bombs that fell in the city of Ibarra were exalted to hear the pawing scrape of nails, the long tongue dragging along rubble, the bay and the yap which called fireman to rescue. Seven lives by that four year old body. Seven. God’s number. Sins and virtues. Psalms and parables. […](image)


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ChrisPaulMikeDavepoetguru

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:30:07 +0000

I have met you in chunks, like clones that march endlessly around corners, blocking every escape. I have seen you in your archetypes, each calling back to their kin, a victim of initial, impulse, and name. Chris. Spending your life as a suggestion of the Christ, consumed with the need to be top, first in […](image)


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For My Generation Xpoetguru

Sun, 24 Apr 2016 19:48:22 +0000

It’s happened. We were informed, since the day we were born first children of single parent, divorce, abortion, contraception. First children of AIDs, heroine, just say no… experimental. We were told by our diminished numbers in a bureaucracy that our children and parents would split the spoils. And so… one more election where baby boomers […](image)


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To Anonymous Handspoetguru

Sun, 24 Apr 2016 01:38:57 +0000

The food on my table has no label, no name of the founders who traided with the natives when they had no word yet for ownership. No snappy slogan etched in cardboard in order to convey health despite the fact we know it’s meal and sugar. But I know a hand must have tilled the […](image)


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Six Flags Americapoetguru

Sat, 23 Apr 2016 03:39:25 +0000

In Six Flags America children under two get in free, so if they ask you do not tell them that you are three. In Six Flags America you must be 38 inches to ride, so stuff a sock in your sneakers to make you that high. In Six Flags America you can get free soda […](image)


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I Fucking Hate This Week (April 16-22)poetguru

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:06:56 +0000

Each year it’s as if our position in revolution or the tilt of our axis causes all of us to slip off our cusp, to blow up or gun down, overdose or fall asleep in jeopardy, never again to wake. Something about the movement of Spring stubbornly into Summer, of Prince into a sarcophagus, of […](image)


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What I Saw In Banja Luka, Tabitha Fortispoetguru

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 03:18:45 +0000

-based on The U.S. Poet Laureate episode of The West Wing In Banja Luka a father leads his son to the shores of the Sava River for an afternoon spent listening to the water, like life and time, passing. He teaches his son to cast his metal out into the moving current and to wait […](image)


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Boston 4/15/13poetguru

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:19:36 +0000

At the end of the marathon everyone’s legs are gone. Most just want to rest, stripped of their grievances, humanity, civilization. Glycogen stores depleted. But there were emergency vehicles, and screaming. Confusion and heat. Shards of metal from barricades meant to keep the runners from their loved ones. Safe. At the end of the marathon […](image)


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Iconographypoetguru

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:50:33 +0000

What question has you that the Gods might answer? The one about right choices and your destiny? The one about the lives of your children? About which team to take over the weekend? Immediate deistic intervention into a traffic jam? And which God will you ask? The monotheistic God seems overwhelmed and busy. Imagine being […](image)


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For #8, Gary Edmund Carterpoetguru

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:51:56 +0000

On a rainy day in April we twist and turn into Cooperstown where I’m interested only in laying hands on one bust. Kids expect no one in sports to be worth their trust, no one in the upcoming election, no movie star who won’t someday soon be caught in a situation fraught with pride and […](image)


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Older Than Elvispoetguru

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 03:10:00 +0000

I sit on the toilet and wonder what rhythms might rise up from these pipes to claim me. Left eye whipping around a corner in her Mitsubishi. Patsy Cline each time I board a plane. Jim Morrison in the bath. Jimi in bed. Janis on the floor by the bathroom. My feet on cold tile. […](image)


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At The Gardenpoetguru

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 01:45:25 +0000

At the Garden ten men take the floor while 10,000 stand in front of seats, dreaming. A hundred more sell popcorn, run the soundboard, wash towels. At two in the afternoon someone wipes the seats, At five someone opens parking. America may highlight the tall and the strong, lavish on talent a jersey and a […](image)


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The Mount Rushmore Metaphorpoetguru

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:07:56 +0000

1 The bust of a baby taking a first step or shit, eating strained peas, soap, or cursed words. 2 One could say, in my day, a car was freedom, that we drove west to fuck folks we didn’t yet know. 3 In our 20s we climbed trees, rocks, each other, thought our bull-bare bottoms […](image)


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Erapoetguru

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:28:43 +0000

The headline reads, “Steph Curry Redefining Greatness in the Post-Michael Jordan Era” which I complain to my boss would be like A-Rod defining home runs in the post Babe Ruth era or Jágr in the post Gretzky era, Obama in the post-Lincoln era. Humans: post dinosaurs. All that’s left in the house I grew up […](image)


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A Filterpoetguru

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:51:20 +0000

For the third time today the boss refers to her as “hon” and she chooses to stop the meeting for a sec to ask him to quit it. A teacher recognizes the introverts are passing tests, though not participating. Stops class clowns long enough to ask. Sekou Sundiata must type his name over again to […](image)


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Out West These Dayspoetguru

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 01:59:18 +0000

Out west these days the fences are made of hoods of plastic covering concrete, made to look like wood but never in need of painting. And so Tom Sawyer need not come up with some intricate, conniving idea to feed to his dupes and friends. Instead he’s graduated from the University with a degree in […](image)


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A Superhero Is Someonepoetguru

Sun, 10 Apr 2016 13:35:51 +0000

A superhero is someone who uses their advantage for the betterment of others. A superhero is someone who uses their ability for the betterment of others. A superhero is someone who uses their strength for the betterment of others. A superhero uses their freak for the advancement of others. There was an incident. A horrible […](image)


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The Key, 1946 – Jackson PollockScreen Shot 2016-04-09 at 8.13.01 PMpoetguru

Sun, 10 Apr 2016 02:15:55 +0000

At six the kid loved the long lines, the swirling puddles, the intersection of dried color and what she dubbed, “its barking and its funny.” At sixteen she could not be bothered to accompany her old man to the museum where “everything is so dusty and boring.” By twenty-six she’d humor me once a year, […](image)


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Henry Hudson Never Saw The Worldpoetguru

Sat, 09 Apr 2016 02:47:02 +0000

Henry Hudson never saw the world I was raised in. Railroad tracks over cracked concrete pitted with fresh tar and overflowing, flowers of oversized homes sprung up along the forested shores, weeds of trailers sprung at their feet. No. He doffed his cap and trimmed his sails without the smoke stacks pumping out concrete, the […](image)


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