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I keep learning from old dreams.


Years ago in a dream
I saw the truth of my room:

the walls and floor, all dull gray—
even the light motes drifting
down from the ceiling:
dense gray.

Since that vision, I’ve worked
to escape my gray place
and maybe I have—because
though I still see
scary things in my dreams
I witness nothing so monotone.

But ever so often
in my waking hours
I revisit the room
because as a human being
I want to understand

and if I can raise myself
when I return
I’ll again realize
the beauty and benefit
of that hermitage:

though gray, the sun rays
pour down from a skylight

and those high walls
create a great space—
an austere cathedral.

Oppressive, yes, but
power held in check
can build in strength
as our desire to break out
—to bloom—
grows in intensity.

I’ve still much to learn
but at least now I know why
I needed that gray room.

© 2018, Michael R. Patton
myth steps blog


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Happy Groundhog Day to all the groundhogs out there.


If dense clouds cover the sky
on his day
the groundhog won’t see a shadow
and so, feel safe
to remain above ground—
to feed, to frolic

in his dim Spring.

On the other hand
if the sun has cut through the clouds
his shadow will be revealed
and our furry friend
will retreat to his dark den—
afraid of the unknown creature
he has just seen.

I can relate:
when I saw my shadow
in fright I tried
to run away

but like the groundhog
that returns after an extra
six weeks of winter
I could not forget
the power of my sight
when I stood in that sunlight.

© 2018, Michael R. Patton
myth steps blog

good weed 231w - Sept 3, 2015s

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As they say in the movies: “based on a true story”.


by the power of my life
I tried to bury myself

but as I felt the weight
press down upon my chest
love cried out against
such a death.

Now I work to resurrect:

though still afraid, I slowly accept
the life I’ve been given to live.

© 2015, Michael R. Patton
Common Courage: the book

like talking to 398w - April 1, 2015s

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I remember a young woman who was frustrated because she could not serve in the armed forces…

I wish I would have told her: there are many ways for you to serve your country.


I wrote a poem to our rulers
telling them:

you brag about what
you’ve done for us
but forget

what we’ve done for you—

that position isn’t your birthright
that power is only on loan–!

I didn’t expect
a sincere response
I merely wanted to voice
my pain—

to proclaim:

though you throw me
and my many unknown
sisters and brothers
into the valley of all
you wish to ignore…

in the darkness we will grow.

We’re willing to wait, in the dark

because we know the tide
will eventually rise

and that tide will be a flood.

In the aftermath, who will clean up?

We will!

We’ll know how
because down in the valley
we’re teaching ourselves
the ways and means of cleaning—

in the dark, we’re learning how to shine.

In the dark, one can hear the heart

so, despite your neglect
we will stand up, ready to serve…

© 2015, Michael R. Patton
Soultime: the novel

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