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Twaiku Poems Volume 2


This is a second volume of 'tweet constrained' poems, arising from these uncertain times.

(Volume 1 can be found here.)


Blessings as you find your way in these turbulent waters.

Dan




a guru


if you need one

go get one!


by all means


it's a good plan


if you don't need one

don't do it


heartbreak

betrayal

is next


advice of a wise one

(not a guru)


my heroes

failed me

spectacularly


or i them?


now


a loving friend

trusting my heart

paying attention


is enough


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Briana Tozour





what you needed

i didn't offer


was sensed in shattered heart shrapnel of hurt that struck me acidic tears burning


ah yes, you misunderstood me your sensitivity excessive


your needs too much

how i used this to wall myself from your pain


how do i accompany you? without defense


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Javier Martinez


trees speak


tender pulses

electrons

chemical touching

woven roots

tendrils reaching


invisible on the surface


we know

it is real


you and i


this beloved silence

yet

full of speech


rooted in intention

weaves

a fabric

energy


i sense

i taste truth

in your presence

without words


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Camille Brodard



the label

i placed on you so easily

comes from within me a learned reaction

simplifying the complexity of you

it reveals a poverty of wonder a failing of my imagination

heat and suffering forged your edge your secret self

hammer blows shaped you

you I so fail to truly know

Dan Hines 2021 photo by Jonny Gios



at first i thought the problem was

you


later i believed what was wrong was


us


now now i am learning


it is


me


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Riccardo Mion



voting blues


i inked my x

in the circle

yesterday


fatigue

slowed my hand


it felt heavy


cynical polls of blue & red

one will win

i'm told


false binary

coke or pepsi

political corn syrup

in flavours


i long for

a clear stream

a cupped hand

water fresh and cold


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Parker Johnson



vaccine


a needle

small

a vile of liquid mixes

in five litres

of pumping blood


i do understand

the resistance

doubt

hesitation

fear


all alive in me too


yet


i am

less likely

to kill you

or die


with this in my arm


injecting hope

peace


in a heart

pumping blood


Dan Hines 2021

photo my Mat Napo



decisions


navigator friends

of the Pacific

have revealed

i make

thousands

of tiny responses


daily


wind shifts

sensing waves

the rudder adjusts


i once thought

decisions

were a big thing


now

they are series

of small responses


deciding

is

awareness


to the flow


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Geran de Klerk




chemistry


this complex mystery


how you were ready

for me

and

i

for

you


our mutual reactivity

catalyzed

in the mixing

of us


there is

no value

in explanations


other ones

grace my life

it's nice

yet little happens


my heart

near you

gladly

continually

scares me


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Elevate


smoke and virus


in the same breath

it's hard

to breathe


this fading summer

this blood red sun


my small corner

of this world

is

afire


i am told to

be brave


fear the flames

and

virus


fear friends

stay home

hide

stay small


i find a breath

in telling you this


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Malachi Brooks


my body

an amazon warehouse


a soul waiting patiently inside

for delivery

to a heavenly address


above messiness


i was deformed

in religion

in this belief


now


this body

is pure glory


messy

radiant

wise


heaven is

sensation

of

you


this brief moment

of a breath


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Mauricio Gutierrez


fear

shame

anxiety

anger


only visitors

all


they visit my heart

a heart

pure

clear


some visit often

some think they live here

some want me to believe

they are me


yet

they

are

not

who i am


below sin

surface waves

of suffering

is the depth


the calm


the reality


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Geran de Klerk


my confusion lies between contentment & denial


be present love where you are


wise ones teach


what if the moment the place is not enough?


an island i've never visited haunts my vision


this safe beach


this restless yearning


i push my boat through the breakers


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Andreas Kretschmer



i'm holding four questions


all my life

it's the same four


the loud two

obvious

demanding

urgent


what do you need to do?


how can you get it done?


so i list my tasks

make a plan


the other two questions

disturbing

resisted


why do this?


who is this guy asking?


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Evan Dennis



i'm weary

of

binary

ways to be with you


this prison


i fight you

or flee

i invade you

or evade you


i fix you

or abandon you


two options?

really?


the third is simple


i sense you

that's all


in wonder

in freedom


you are regarded

accompanied


the surprise

arises


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Roberto Nickson



alas,


here and now

and open


is all I have left to offer you


who I am

in this simple knowing

how I meet you


the rest of it

the drama

are

illusions I hold


don't get me wrong!


I cling to delusional control

and outcomes

and attach desperately

to the unreal


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Moritz Knöringer



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