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Mark Bratlie

Day and Night

I love you in the morning
when dew lies on the grass
As gentle light comes sneaking
and night's shadows slowly pass

I love you in the afternoon
when sky turns vivid blue
As nature's pallet brightens
and my thoughts return to you

I love you in the evening
when day gently winds down
As nature dons her slippers
and a softly flowing gown

I love you in night's darkness
when warmth of bodies meet
As I lie with you in fullness
and my yearnings are complete

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A Falling Leaf

Today a leaf came down to greet me
Falling gently on a breeze
With intentions to remind me
Of the things I must release

Nature teaches of life's cycles
When to cling and when to fall
There is a time for every season
And solace if we hear the call

But letting go is not se easy
We may need more than just a breeze
Graceful falling takes some practice
And a lesson from the trees

This human mind is often yearning
For some past or future day
But opening to present stillness
Allows a more fulfilling way

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A Squint and a Peek

With a squint and a peek
I popped into this world
With a yell and a breath
I took hold

As to why I was here
I had not a clue
And I still scratch my head
as I wonder

Why me and why now
are questions I ask
While the reason for all
stays well hidden

Why do I think
and incessantly ponder
And what does it mean
to be sentient

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This Day

Sun shines on nature's face
Wind whispers bough to bough
Air fills with nectar's fragrance
Present day finds harmony

This is a sacred place
This is a holy time

Strangers meet upon a walk
Kind words exchanged as gifts
Smiles take the place of sun
Earth's brightness shows increase

Children laughing with abandon
Fleeting moments throb with life
Human spirits fill with lightness
Weary tension dissipates

Arms reach out to touch another
Touch extends to warm embrace

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Giddy-up

My ship left port without me
and my run has all run out
If my pep were not all petered
I would surely scream and shout

My giddy-up has up-and-gone
with no energy in sight
As inertia's taken over
and momentum's taken flight

Out of gas with spark plugs fouled
I know I'm going nowhere
My engine's stuck in neutral
with my gears all stripped from wear

With gauge on low and not much go
perhaps I'd best not fight it
Instead of run or even walk
it may well be wise to sit

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Please Come Home Soon

Where are you tonight
Without you I am lost
All through the night
I turned and I tossed

You are my good half
With you gone I'm not whole
Your absence leaves emptiness
Which soon takes a toll

I reach out but can't touch you
And that's just not right
As I think how your closeness
Would soften the night

I knew I would miss you
But knew not how much
As I yearn for your presence
And pine for your touch

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Seasons of Promise

Winter is a time of warmth when I am close to you
A time of sharing stories and of praising what is true
The cold wind can be daunting when one is all alone
But Winter is a time of warmth when I am close to you

Spring is filled with wonderment when I am close to you
A time of bursting energy and life so bold and new
The rain can be quite chilling when one is all alone
But Spring is filled with wonderment when I am close to you

Summer's light is restful when I am close to you
As nature paints a picture with pleasing greens and blue
The heat can be exhausting when one is all alone
But Summer's light is restful when I am close to you

Autumn days are crisp and clear when I am close to you
The reds and golds come once again, yet always seem so new
Letting go brings sadness when one is all alone
But Autumn days are crisp and clear when I am close to you

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A Mindful Breath

High up on a mountain top
Waiting for the shoe to drop
Lookin' for the wisdom guy
To get the scoop before I die

What's the meaning of this story?
How can I partake in glory?
To which religion should I cling?
Which hymns to give my voice to sing?

High up on a mountain top
High up on a mountain top

Perhaps it doesn't really matter
All the jargon and the clatter
With each group shouting "follow us! "
I sometimes wonder "what's the fuss? "

When constant noise brings on a frown
I try to turn the volume down

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Strut On

We humans think we're somethin' else
all sentient and supreme
Rising upward to the top
just like so much cream

We gaze down upon the jungle ape
with looks of pure disdain
They just can't be our relatives
with such an undeveloped brain

All other life is there to serve
or nuisances at best
Since we are God's high creation
we can disregard the rest

Our need for God is even waning
much like a fashion in decline
We are strong and self sufficient
As we proudly strut so fine

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Scary Folks

Those who claim to know The Truth are dangerous indeed
Questioning and humbleness are things they do not need
Open minds are useless and discussions take too long
Others have opinions which most certainly are wrong

Hesitation's not required when you are in the right
If others dare to disagree perhaps it's time to fight
When scary folks form in a group the dangers escalate
And violence is one result this mixture can create

Religious zeal can be the yeast that helps group hate to rise
Outsiders soon are enemies and victory the prize
All means are seen as valid when one hears a holy voice
And violent retribution can become a righteous choice

Our world is rent asunder by extremists far and wide
We need some moderation if we are to stem the tide
Traits such as acceptance can help get us back on track
With a dose of humbleness to soften what we lack

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