Post-COVID Friendscaping Instructions

Revive these ailing friendships from the past

Feed these blooming friendships to make them last

Let these stagnant friendships be what they’ll be

Let these fading friendships die naturally

Weed out these so-called “friends” for your own good

Substitute these so-called “friends” if you could

Cultivate friends in these new areas

Stay far from those you deem nefarious

Work out how to do all this tactfully

Don’t take any failures personally

Renaissance Exclusion

A nerd among artists
An artist among writers
A writer among jocks
A jock among actors
An actor among musicians
A musician among nerds
A wannabe among all

When you are Renaissance

You are either out of place
Or a wannabe
In any group you find yourself
Where most self-identify
As but or dominantly one thing
Considering themselves the real thing

Even if you were better than they
At what they were and do best

Paradoxical Farewell

How do you wish someone well
Who is leaving with intent
Never to return?

Unless they failed 

Miserably

In their next steps

Existence

I exist only for him

Only when he needs me

To have someone to beat

Then I’d be forgotten
Until he next needed me
To beat me again
And forget me again

All to
And always to
Make him feel better about himself
And to improve himself

It’s all I’m good for
It’s all I was made for
It’s all I know
It’s all I care to know

That I’m there for him
Unfailingly
Any time he needed me
To beat me
To feel better about himself
To improve himself

One purpose
One clear purpose
Always fulfilled
Leaves me fulfilled
At all costs
Negligible in comparison

Title at End

I exist only for him

Only when he needs me

To have someone to beat

Then I’d be forgotten
Until he next needed me
To beat me again
And forget me again

All to
And always to
Make him feel better about himself
And to improve himself

It’s all I’m good for
It’s all I was made for
It’s all I know
It’s all I care to know

That I’m there for him
Unfailingly
Any time he needed me
To beat me
To feel better about himself
To improve himself

One purpose
One clear purpose
Always fulfilled
Leaves me fulfilled
At all costs
Negligible in comparison

.

~ Ghost Runner

Do You Know What Love Is?

You keep insisting
It is better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all

But for all your relationship failures
Do you ever wonder
If you’ve ever loved at all?

Do you really know what love is?
Would you recognize it
If you found it

Or it found you?

Lies of Nonexistent Gratitude

I sometimes tell lies
Of others’ gratitude that doesn’t exist
To make some feel better
About themselves and/or their work

Three Disasters

A raging inferno
Often out of control

A nuclear reactor
Often under control

A disaster for each other

And three for the world

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