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Posted on 28 February 2021 by Iain under Thinking Out Loud
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Balance Ups & Downs Ins & Outs Front & Back To & Fro Wax & Wane Ebb & Flow Right & Wrong Good & Bad Light & Dark Peaks & Troughs Here & There On & Off Tomorrow & Yesterday Future & Past Parity          Symmetry          Equity               Harmony Own your choices & your […]


Posted on 24 February 2021 by Iain under Thinking Out Loud
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Viral Exponential touch through shared spaceUnequivocal in focus and goalsAn audit trail of diminished hosts I am like the wind… You can only see my impact, but never me Immunity an unknown factorCommunity my ideal hunting groundUnity in distancing my nemesisOpportunity is all I need I am the separator of herds I am the perpetual […]


Posted on 20 February 2021 by Iain under Thinking Out Loud

Anchored The question is not whether you are anchored… The question is where you are anchored? Are you anchored to a memoryIn the hope that it can be revived? Are you anchored to a possibilityThat requires you to wait in the past? Are you anchored in a yesterdayThat is destined never to be relived? Locate […]


Posted on 17 February 2021 by Iain under Thinking Out Loud
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CoD Some people flow through life with easeRiding in the slipstream of their forebearsIt is always calm in the eye of the stormNever buffeted by the maelstrom outside their bubble The rest of us must navigate the weather systems of the worldThe hail, monsoons, and tempests that life offers upWe must walk straight into the […]


Posted on 14 February 2021 by Iain under Thinking Out Loud
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Manifest Juxtaposition in play alwaysTo manifest Vs it is manifestEasy to confuse through desireLaw of attraction Vs attraction of a law Delusion of self, a road well-travelledLitany of self-lies raining downVisibility impacted by closed eyesOpen hearts creating the unseen sights Waking dreams signpost the way Desire is a strong guideAmbition can be a willful deceiverDetermination […]


Posted on 12 February 2021 by Iain under Thinking Out Loud
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Desolate Connections weakenedTethers emancipatedReciprocity GhostedAssociation seeming to fade Alone and loneliness are not the sameSingular and silent may be bedfellowsDoubt can grow in the absence of contactScouting for what seems to have been lost When laid wide open we are unprotectedAny blow taken will hit hardSelf-preservation re-suits the armourThe path back home is taken with […]


Posted on 9 February 2021 by Iain under Thinking Out Loud
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Connections I stood in the rain and let it cleanse meThe rain matched my moodThe rain was my mood I am the rain The sky’s tears were from my soulRunning down the cheeks of the worldfalling onto my upturned face I am at one I tasted my tears and knew themI saw my wounds and […]

I Am

Posted on 8 February 2021 by Iain under Thinking Out Loud
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I AM Depleted                         &                  Increased Diminished                     &                  Augmented Declined                          &                  Approved Discarded                        &                  Cherished Suppressed                     &                   Remembered Neglected                       &                   Discussed Ignored                            &                   Compared Hidden                             &                   Discovered Disregarded                    &                  Revered Forgotten                        &                  Recalled Confused                         &                  Comforted Wounded                        &                  Healed Darkness                          &                  Light Choose your […]

I know my way home

Posted on 4 February 2021 by Iain under Thinking Out Loud

Crumpled wrappers discarded in the gutterEvidence of a use no longer required A purpose served A mission completed A moment of significance passed Cast away the winter coatneed dissipated in this godforsaken heat I need you no longer Uncertain ground feels less solid beneathThe what was declared with an immediate whenThe where was defined as […]

You Are

Posted on 29 January 2021 by Iain under Thinking Out Loud
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YOU ARE Words can hammer a blow to the heartWords can cut deeper than a steel bladeWords can indiscriminately maim and disfigureWords can create wounds that do not heal In the living of your life, remember, your words are weapons that can… Obliterate hope Decimate possibility Destroy perceptions Massacre dreams Annihilate self-worth Butcher prospects Execute […]

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