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Volume 3 Dan's Twaiku Poems

This is my third volume of 'tweet length' poems, arising from these uncertain times.


(Volume 1 and Volume 2 can be found here.)


Blessings dear friends, as you find your way in these turbulent waters.

Dan



oasis


pilgrim

taste sweet dates

fill your empty flask

rest here

with me


this desert

we must cross

is not safe


wildfires

fentanyl

dying species

a long drought of justice


cannibals in suits & ties


i offer you a simple poem

an island of sanity


safety


knowing

you are not alone


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Sergey Pesterev



Las Vegas


not the usual domain

of poets


i guided an inner life retreat

on the strip

Circus Circus

true story


slot machines pinged

smoky air crept in

over quiet soulful ponderings


crafting tender poems

on Twitter

in a din

of noisy banter

witty barbs


feels

subversively

similar


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Kvnga


saying yes


i wanted you

to feel good

joyful

claim your yes

your power

to the life

imagination

surging in you


you told me


no


was needed

just as badly


no

born from grief

to a spiral of fear

denial

false hope

numbing down

a paralysis of despair


most of all

no to the inevitable


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Priscilla Du Preez




my presence

you needed


instead

i offered

impatient advice

a quick fix

seeing you as a problem


i can solve this

for you


you longed for more


so much more


a sharing of your suffering

holding paradoxes

in tension


in tragic waiting

for

the other side

of your bafflement


and mine


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Daiga Ellaby




being good


he began trying hard

to be loyal to

the holy tribe

uniform

special words


a second conversion

came decades later


surprised him

disruptive

wild


he fell in love

with the world

as it is


with his own tender heart


loyal to

this gate of heaven

everywhere


all of it holy


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Lex Melony



you have no hope


you told me

not now


the hope

i was selling

was optimism

things will get better

it's not that bad

avoid bitter truth


yet you do hope

you said


if hope is

raw defiance

refusal

to accept

this spiral of losses


if hope is

a fire axe

our house is on fire


a calling


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Benjamin Kerens



selfless


religion scolded me

as a boy


die

to self


shitty theology

it turns out


thousands of lives

encountered since

i have found

dangerous ones

have no sense of self


greed

violence

fills selflessness


trusted ones

free to love

centered on true self

self-centered

self-loving


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Jessica Vega




hiding

in the you

i thought i knew


was you


small hurts

on your face


tears

i could not fail to see


my failing

to see

you


accumulates

drips in a pail

one day

flipping

spill of recognizing

my lack of wonder


oh

my first

tentative glimpse

of your raw reality


as i mop the floor


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Luis Tosta




half a heart

one foot inside the door


this false calling

what i could do


explainable


control the risk

invest wisely

keep my options open


this true calling

what i cannot not do


it makes no sense


i push all chips in

reckless

out of control


a whole fearful heart

both feet in


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Keenan Constance





the story

i want to tell


not the tale

rehearsed

crafted

honed


with numbers

titles

in linear prose


to make believe

i am in control


a success


i want to tell you

a real one


raw shame

mystery

ecstasy

poetic meanders

at 3 am


a secret

haunting shadow


i need you to hear

this one


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Stefano Polli



exposing my pain

honest about fears

to you

has some risks


i'm a man

raised by men

used to masks

stoic competence


yet

exposing my joy

playing with you

reveling in boyish wonder


is more dangerous


a more tender disclosure

who I am


closer to the bone

flesh


and to you

knowing me


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Fermin Rodriguez Penelas



i want to tame you


i hide advice

as innocent query


'hey, only asking'


sensing coercion

defences up

you offer

what i want to hear


not truth


if i dare

to free you

an open question

unhindered

presuming nothing


a wild wise creature


you


emerges

unpredictable

surprising us both


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Dmitriy Karfagenskiy




mine is a weak heart

trying to be heard

above the din


low wattage

a signal

so quiet


i can't hear it


and then

you attend to me


witnessing me

attentive

tasting

sensing my words


a dial turns up

i hear you hearing me


you hear me into speech


amplifying wisdom

i so long to hear


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Kai Oberhäuser



crossroads


an activist

a mystic


at this intersection


if i fail

to know despair

in a suicidal cycle

i am dishonest

denying brutal facts

avoiding the real


if i fail

to know hope

i am blind to

sacred defiance

millions of local bursts

refusing death

everywhere


awakening to truth


Dan Hines 2021

photo by Justin Luebke


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