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Upon Awakening




I am not the problems, this morning,
upon waking up,
that i went to bed with.
This waking is a real awakening,
a true awakening.
It is not an awakening to some second-
hand religion or separative flag
that was shoved down my throat.
It is not an awakening to what others 
have said that i was in the past.
It is even beyond what i thought i was
in the past.
It is, very possibly, a true renewal,
a true awakening
beyond the past images and labels
about myself and others.
It is not the old and stale past
getting out of bed; it is
newness, pristine perception,
and whole, healthy action
beyond mere reaction.
It is perception beyond the secondhand images

implanted by a largely immoral society.
We’ll not miss that nightmarish,
assembly-line-brain of conditioning!
The old, jaundiced brain upstairs is dis
ear  (arh-whoooooo)

“So goodbye yellow brick road
Where the dogs of society howl
You can’t plant me in your penthouse
I’m going back to my plow!”  



Mushrooms deep in the woods… Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018

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  1. Nope, you are not the same as you were when you went to bed and none of us was. If we are blessed to wake up, to see and embrace this new day, then you/we are awakened indeed! Love the cluster of mushrooms BTW. Simple pleasures, escaping life’s cra-zi-ness! 🙂 Ciao!


  2. Very nice words and I like the picture of the mushrooms – all different sizes and shapes and you honed in on this collection perfectly!


  3. I swear after reading your words, these fungi and such look positively happy — as though they’ve awakened to a new day and are glad for it.


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