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Plumbers and Castles - July 25, 2021

Does being yourself mean you’ve built a castle

and recycled defeat into higher walls and new

turrets for protection?

Except everything comes and goes in life

emotions are never planned and who wants

to walk around carrying a loaded gun

or sharp rejoinders all the time?

Ever thought of the opposite approach?

not armor-plating yourself to attack

but becoming a nonresistant fluid

a pass-through medium clear water

At this point in the poem a confession:

I still duck back into my fortress if it

looks like a sticky situation has stirred

me into a thick and viscous liquid

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