No Difference

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In youth lies wonder
And stamina, too
Early mornings and ceaseless awe,
Afternoons filled with all things new. 

Then shrieking, screaming, 
Senseless rage
Injustice done unto others or themselves,
Feeling the limits and confines of this stage.

They need you, and me, and our parents as well
Life is yet theirs to behold. 
I can't reach, he yells, That's not fair, she screams
And we need only say, "You can when you're old."

But such paradox is shared.
Life is both great and troublesome. 
What they do not know 
Is the autonomy yet to come. 

When I do what I say and dream what I please
And quest for the meaning of life. 
Life becomes choices, and many at that,
Some full of peace while others bring strife. 

Life is a mystery, repeating itself
With wonder, awe, strife and pain 
We're hardly different, them and us
Thank god we're all the same. 

My Words

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They mean nothing, 
Words are hollow
Vibrating thoughts
Sent through the wind.

But they sting,
And chip,
And decay inside,
But how did they get in?

I let them in,
I invited them,
Wrapped linen napkins
For them to dine.

I searched for them,
Gave them names,
Made them belong,
Gave them wine.

But they are nothing,
Words are nothing.
I must tell them
Only peace resides.

I’ll tell my heart
With my
Nothing words
To stop their flapping tides.

I am not you.
You are not I.
Because we are one,
Sitting in this peace.

Swallow the light,
Dismiss these guests.
They're uninvited,
This is not their feast.

Learn what’s real,
And quiet the rest.
My words are
An untamed beast.

Coin Leaves

Copper penny
Golden coin
Dangle from the branch.
Metallic paper
Holding fast
Quick to find the ground. 

Sway as you will
Leap when you can
Searching for the earth.
You all will fall
When this is done
And join the rotting soil.

You come and go
Without fail
Such promise is repose.
Shining, glittering, 
Welcoming earth's rest.

Trade me,
Catch me,
Watch me fall
These coin leaves everywhere.
They are for beauty 
Or raking work
Or could they be much more?

Sustenance, life
They are everything you are.
Copper penny
Golden coin
None enduring as you thought.