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To Be

To Be
By Jordan Bates

Fast-forward nights of trickling 
whiskey 
risking my 
liver for friendships 
like diamonds

amidst the expanding 
panorama

sight-seeing mind-
bleeding my calling
falling never ever
will I
forget to be a good boy

like Mom always told me to
be nice

so climb do i ever
elevate my aura
aligning vibes with 
universal verses hymns
melodies 

pursuing perfect
transcendence
like a mythical ray
of light amidst

millennia
of
blackness

because a God
is what I want to be when I 
grow up 

and I’m

back now
background
surrounded 

by people! people
I love

amigos like three notes
of symphonic beauty
tickling my ear
drums rustling
the leaves
of this soul  

and I

create
a legacy 

take nada for granted, yes,
I thank
the Essence each
second
for this chance
to be.

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Poem (Inspired by The Nightmare by Martin Puryear)

In flame we were born…
By Jordan Bates

Rivers
run red. Shrapnel
embeds,

crucifying the skies
with indifferent
knives,

staining my
last breath the color
of ignorance.

A paradoxical recipe:

One part
lifeblood; one part
poison.

In flame we must be destroyed.

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Poem

She
By Jordan Bates

warmth and i’m not alone. yeah,
that’s what you feel like
when we
press and fold our pasts
together into this
moment of something
i’ve grown used to living (without.)
cold.

you’re no one anyone every
one. someone could be you someday
i really do hope

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Poem

Beneath these pretty lights…
By Jordan Bates

we soul shiver and writhe
and wilding swaying
flexing pulsations
churn together and forget
our names we engulf
the darkness.

dazzle me with d i s t o r t i o n
because I am enjambed… in
need of a hectic spectacle
in which to lose and find
myself simultaneously.

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Poem

Interdreamensional Vacation
By Jordan Bates

We were floating aimlessly
down the picturesque rainbow
river one starry evening
when fifteen flying squirrels
landed quite suddenly upon our raft.

As is tradition,
we welcomed our furry brethren
with glorious orange
porridge and proceeded to dance the stellar
tarantella until everyone had chuckled
heartily.

After thanking us profusely
for our merriment,
the leader of the wise tribe
produced a golf
ball-sized galaxy
and offered it as
a token of his gratitude.

We erupted in a round of applause
for his awesome deed
of generosity and
bid his company adieu
as they really had to be on their way
back to the realm
of infinite cookie dough.

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If You’re Looking for a Sign, This is It

There was a time when Warren Buffet couldn’t spell invest,
A time when Albert Einstein was flunking tests,
A time when Tupac had never rhymed a phrase,
A time when Will Farrell wasn’t Ron Burgendy.
Do you know what I’m trying to say?
In life, you can be what you want to be.
We all start out as a bunch of no-names,
But with hard work you really can win the game.
The sad truth is that most people won’t.
They either don’t believe or they don’t care enough.
Life isn’t about finding yourself. We all create our own myth.
It’s up to you to make yours beautiful or settle for piss.
So fight for dreams. Raise your fists.
Find a passion, and do that shit.
If you don’t think you’re worth it than no one will.
You gotta know in your heart that you have the skill.
Stick with what you love, and you’ll be surprised.
Life wasn’t quite what you had surmised.
You can fly. You can glide. You can soar up in the sky.
But you have to realize that it won’t come easy.
You gotta jump some hurdles. It’s not all breezy.
So stop watching TV like a mindless drone.
Start creating your fantasy. Don’t be a clone.
When you finally break away from the status quo,
You realize you have potential to do so much more.
The purest form of pleasure is real accomplishment.
If you’re looking for a sign, then THIS IS IT.
You’re gonna be so proud when you get it done.
You can thank me later. For now, I’m gone.

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45 Seconds: An EF5 Tornado Reveals Human Goodness

This story was forwarded to me in an e-mail, and I assume it has been circulating all over the United States. It is truly a heart-wrenching story that demonstrates the human capacity for goodness in the midst of catastrophe. Read the rest of this entry »

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The People Who Lack Common Sense

I wish there existed an aptitude test to gauge how well someone comprehended how our world works.  What I’m referencing is often referred to as common sense, but I think very few people actually grasp what common sense is and how uncommon it is in actuality. Read the rest of this entry »

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Parents—Why You Should Go Outdoors With Your Kids, Right Now

It’s no secret that kids today are spending much of their free time in front of screens.  Whether it’s TV, Computer, or Gaming systems, it seems that parents have accepted or even welcomed these new ways to keep their kids busy for hours on end.

Recently, I read the book Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv.  The book discusses a problem in modern society that Louv labels, Nature-Deficit Disorder.  The term seems almost self-explanatory, but the book does a fine job of explaining why we should care about nature.  When I had finished, I felt as if adults and children alike would greatly benefit from getting outdoors, immediately.  Here’s why. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Technology an Entirely Positive Thing?

Based on my experience, it seems to me that many people  have a very positive view of technology, seeing it as an  avenue to less work and more fun. I feel that much of  technology today is made with the intention of helping  people, and succeeds in many ways, but also has negative side  effects or potential future consequences that are easy to  overlook or not consider.

The nuclear bomb development “helped” the United States win an arms race but also killed hundreds of thousands of people in Japan and has put very deadly weapons in the hands of unpredictable dictators. Televisions, gaming  consoles, and other home entertainment equipment have helped people to not be bored for decades but have also increased obesity and sedentary lifestyles, cut down on appreciation for nature, reduced actual human interaction, and most distressingly planted some very distorted world views in the minds of millions of American youth. Read the rest of this entry »

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