Monday, December 31, 2012

Talk More in 2013

This might come across as sarcastic given that I'm writing this on the Web but I hope we all make more of an effort to speak directly to each other in the coming year. Our growing use of text messages and brief status updates may be useful for sharing quick thoughts however it is not a replacement for talking to others.

The more we condense our ideas and feelings into bite-size electronic morsels, the less we share our emotive qualities. Furthermore, I believe we lose our sense of our responsibility for what we say when it's just a post or text. When you say something out loud you take ownership of your words, up or down, good or bad. If you feel strongly about something, lend your voice to it. It is not a reasonable expectation to be face-to-face with everyone you want to reach however phones are not just for texting.

Be safe in the New Year.

Flame and Bone

When I was made from fire
Poured into the tender vessel of caution
That keeps my smoke from rising
Quickly did I discover that apart from crisp drizzles or falling snow
The world chilled my touched
Walking the narrow cornered gap between girders and cut stone
One learns to tuck his shoulders in or risk
Jostling a neighbor passing by rapt with want
For a clear path without the distraction
Of another man's boiling eyes
The tip of a finger
That oldest of all weapons
Grown deadlier and pristine in its invention
Gathers a mote of a cinder on its bare flesh
And turns pondering how best to scratch the impious itch
Prying open the tender seam
Where the oil of thought dews
Offering a new wick to ignite
Squirming alive as a salamander of mischief
That yearns for a taste of air it is so ready to devour
The steam of breath betrays me
Before the glint of orange spreads
In popping bright waves
Eroding the fibers feeding it
Leaving naught but ash
As my shell of quietude falls away