KTHT 30 Day Poetry Challenge

Day 10: Addressing self-imposed limits and restrictions

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Inching Along
you find your way,
often without focus,
seeking knowledge
you may not understand.

Inching Along
safely through the day
keeps routine at the helm,
and does not risk
a leap of faith.

Inching Along
it is easy to look back.
Security is found
where you have been,
and then never straying far.

Inching Along
your steps are small and sure.
The bumps along the way
are seldom able
to knock you from the path.

Inching Along
the future brings no fear.
It is always just ahead,
and danger yet to come
always out of sight.

Inching Along the…

KTHT 30 day Poetry Challenge: Day 9: Reconnecting with innocent pleasures

A Fly Fisherman meets a guide

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Author’s Note: Fly fishing is one of my great, and simplest pleasures in life. Though not in poetry form, the following is the second fictional piece of writing I have done about fly fishing. It comes from an unfinished short story I wrote several years ago, titled The River Zen, and is an unabashedly poor attempt at adapting my favorite book, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach, to fly fishing. My apologies to Mr. Bach. In addition, the tale is inspired by an evening of fishing in Colorado. The dusk had fallen so deep in The…

KTHT 30 Day Poetry Challenge

Day 8: Delight in the moment

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And they with balding heads,
their half-dollar spectacles,
and beards that almost touch
the floor (when they lie down).

With smiling metaphors
and metaphysical similes,
and insights of all that’s nuclear,
I find it more — unclear.

Maybe it’s because I work
for a living — A real job
that pays real money,
which is always enough
to be starving,
but not an artist.

A love found by the oceanside
or with the girl next door
seemed foreign to me.
Maybe it just didn’t happen.
Or I blinked
at the wrong time.

And sure I thrill at
the sight
of an exotic dancer
and see the statement she is making;
except that she is naked.

Thanks to Diana C. and Know Thyself, Heal Thyself for the 30 days of poetry prompts!

KTHT 30 Day Poetry Challenge

Day 7: Choice offers reward or consequences

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I wanted to say, “I love you.”
Instead I said, “Good-bye.”

I meant to say, “I’d love to see you.”
Instead I said, “I’ll call.”

I meant to say, “I love being with you.”
Instead I said, “It’s been fun.”

I meant to say just how I felt.
Instead I smiled and winked.

But what bothers me most is —

I wanted to say, “I love you.”
Instead I said, “Good-bye.”

Thanks to Diana C. and Know Thyself, Heal Thyself for the 30 days of poetry prompts!

KTHT 30 Day Poetry Challenge

Day 6: What dwells within the unconscious mind?

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You ask,
“Why should I trust you?”

And all I can say is,
“There is no reason,

except . . .

That I love you
and you are my best friend,
and I have shared my soul with you,
and I trust myself enough
to have you trust me.”

And if
I were to ask of you
the same in return,
what could you say,

except . . .

Thanks to Diana C. and Know Thyself, Heal Thyself for the 30 days of poetry prompts!

KTHT 30 Day Poetry Challenge

Day 5: The keys to discovering the answers you seek

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In Solitude, we find Balance.

In Balance, we find Serenity.

In Serenity, we find Ourselves.

In Ourselves, we find our Soul.

In our Soul, we find the Universe.

In the Universe, we find we are One.

Thanks to Diana C. and Know Thyself, Heal Thyself for the 30 days of poetry prompts!

KTHT 30 Day Poetry Challenge

Day 4: Journey of undoing, being and becoming

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Before I met you
I had nothing.
And then you brought me everything.

After you left
I had nothing.
For you took everything.

So why do I weep?
For I lost nothing,
because you brought me everything.

KTHT 30 Day Poetry Challenge Prompts

Day 3: Ancient and eternal connection with Gaia

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I have left this place
to journey away from
here and now.
Only to find
I am still here, but
time has not followed.

Like walking into
a different room;
knowing I am
somewhere else,
but in the same location.

Never leaving, I travel
to someplace new.
Senses are heightened,
but none are needed.

All is alive. All is known.
Where vertical and horizontal
never intersect.
Where infinite beauty
is only felt.

I am not alone.
Not in this place.
Feeling home,
away from home.

My heart rests. It’s beating
too loud in my chest.
Voices not heard.
Knowledge isn’t found
in their words.

I wish to touch
the Creative Divine.
My search begins now and lasts until
the end of time.

KTHT 30 day Poetry Challenge:

Day 2: A constant, cyclic state of growth and change

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The summer solstice
Lengthens the pillar’s shadow
Earth tilts on axis

Thanks to Diana C. and Know Thyself, Heal Thyself for the 30 day poetry challenge prompts!

Dean K Miller

Poet, Fly Fisherman, Writer, Retired FAA ATC, co-founder of Platte Rivers Veterans Fly Fishing, discovering what life offers and relishing the chance to smile.

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