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With sadness and a thankful heart, my relationship with typed.com is coming to an end. Typed.com is shutting down. I am in the process of moving my works to rlbussell.com. Thank you for spending time with me here. Please take the time to visit me at rlbussell.com.

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bookworm

Today and last month I received two wonderful “shout-outs” from Joe Buehlig and Mike Schimtz on their bookworm podcast. It was quite surprising to hear. Don't know quite how to give adequate thanks, so … Thanks Mike and Joe.

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a little more

she lay there hoping
for another spoon;
just a little more,
knowing it too soon.

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the dawn’n day

push’n air, push’n power
the smell of powder strong.
sister moon’s sardonic smile,
she, casts her shadow long.

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worlds crash

light breaks
in flashes magnificent
and small utterances.

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pink corollas flirt

the skipping dirt
  puddles around an ancient tree.
  as a slow and winding breeze
pushes her to me.

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lapis lazuli draped

the moon hung there
    like cyclops' lazy eye,
    yellow against an onyx sky,
more foul than fair.

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marriage is a duel

that ginger’s drum

a staccato wind
buffets the horizon
and the pencil-like cypress bend
their uplifted arms keep’n
time to the rhythm.

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forgotten, unremembered, unremarked

corpses strewn on a battlefield
      like lacy gray leaves
upon an unyielding earth.

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panel 3 of 37

then the azure sky

then the azure sky
    stirs
and after her languid night
wraps herself in yellow bows.

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before arm, bar or bowl

the morning star surprises
then the pensive questioner arises
    and in all his many guises
  mumbles and then demoralizes
tumbling forth to block the way
swallowing the lightness of the day

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The New Theologians always remind me of some tribe who always take their god to a precipice and discuss whether they should throw him over. —GK Chesterton in Orthodoxy

power

    scratching sand falls
caesar and the gauls
    gnats fell elephants

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Not all those who wander are lost. ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.” - Daniel Webster (1782-1852).

ever spring, never winter

ever spring, never winter
the timing’s never right
the clock moves in spite
the lines we recite
with failing eyesight
fall flat and splinter

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rain

a pale payne's grey
sheet ends the day
callebotte’s way

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sermon matrix

When our children were young, my wife and I had quite a struggle to get them to stay awake and pay attention to the sermon. They were quite long. We came up with a “trick” to get them to listen. We would take a small piece of paper and draw mark it off with a big tee. On one side we would write a word and on the other another word. Then, during the sermon, the girls would listen and tally when they would heard either of the two words.

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