it only takes one set of footprints
for thousands to follow.
Yes, you may.
we exposed our inner imperfections
defaced our bulkheads
emptied our ballast to crawl in the rust
some days it seemed like we would never be
but we reassembled stronger
piece by piece
now it's time to sail again
Ever since I can remember, my dad's been doing woodworking projects. When I was a kid, this meant plywood cabinets and funky co-karts, but now he produces awesome beds and tables, bookshelves and cabinets, all in hard wood and hand-planed to perfection. For his birthday (OK for two birthdays) I helped him start to document his projects and now he's got a website! Check it out - www.davidpbiddle.com.
hovering just above normal
just below sane
a line but the edges are blurred like rain
infinity but never reaching
and we imagine
perfection but the results are varied not stained
into our bliss
a constructed ideal
which we imagine
exists but reality is lost without pain
My grandfather was a US nurse in WWII and I found a bunch of cool patches from his service. Over the years, I’ve sewn them over all sorts of holes. Recently, I’ve been called out on my blatant ignorance… what I had once thought were a couple of cool lightning bolts symbolizing who-knows-what, is actually a Nazi SS patch, which I have been parading around for who-knows how long. Now, I think it’s interesting that he had an SS patch in the first place. Did he save the life of a POW and get the patch as a gift? There’s a story here about humanity and the realities of war, I think. I’ll never know, but I’m proud of my grandfather for his service and think he was a wonderful man. However, no one else knows this but me. Anyone who sees my SS patch will come to other conclusions. I will insult, push away and alienate who-knows-how-many people if I keep wearing that patch, and I will continue to show my ignorance. I’m removing the patch, of my own free will, because even though I like where it came from I don’t like what it symbolizes to the rest of the world. And by the way, the government will never force me to remove the symbol from my pants, but neither will they use your tax dollars to stamp it on my license plate, or paint it on a school mural in honor of my grandfather. Happy freedom day.
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