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LOOK AGAIN

Look within,
Look around,
Look ahead,

up front,
there's a beam.
Look right,
Look left,
but do not
look behind.
There's so little
to behold back there.
Look. Look
at me,
there are really
signs everywhere,
amongs us,
every ticking day
walking the same roads with us.
Look upwards,
the clouds
do not compete
for a place
upon the sea of heaven
the stars,
among the shiny things,
neither the birds,
for beauty or worms.
Look down at your feet
then a little bit
behind, those
footprints you left
will be wiped out soon.
Look at the lines engraved
on your palms.
Look closely.
They chose you,
now, choose them back.
Look at the smiling face
before you.
How it brightens like
a purple hibiscus,
the set of white teeth
and the glassy eyes
staring back at you.
Look, look into your
heart.
What do you find?
What are you in search of?
Look at yourself,
picture it,
that which you seek
And maybe you
would find it.
When you look at yourself again.
g.o.
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SEVEN MINUTES IN HEAVEN

seven minutes in heaven;
seven minutes counting
heart beats by the second.
six minutes in heaven;
all the while tapping feet
on shaky wooden floorboards
in nervous delight.

five minutes in heaven;
five minutes counting
down to reality:
a beastly, slimy one.
four minutes in heaven;
wondering if by chance
or luck or grace,
a glimpse of an angel
 would suffice.

three minutes in heaven,
and lo a ladybird atop
your nose tickles,
dances, wiggles, jiggles,
then away,  flies.
two minutes in heaven,
two minutes or the next,
daydreams finally might come
to be:
visions of sunny skies,
silly side aching laughs_
chocolatey gums,
all on display
for my ever aching eyes.

a minute left in heaven
the last, the longest,
the shortest it seems,
the last before you wake
and stare at
the computer screen
in a crowded
noisy bureau,
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 meme si mes yeuxs me pique, je vois