Treasure Island

Mike Finley

(July 4,1950 / Flint, Michigan)

A Prayer for Redefinition

How confusing it all is.
'Humility' suggests crouching.
But what it means is relaxing,
Allowing happiness to happen.

Everything we think is wrong.
'Analysis' is a nagging mind.
'Intuition' a disaster.
In 'on my honor' there is no honor.

Wipe me empty, make me clean
Transplant your brain in mine.
Rewrite my lexicography.
Make words my friends again.


Submitted: Thursday, April 27, 2006
Edited: Tuesday, May 16, 2006

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  • Raynette Eitel (4/27/2006 10:46:00 AM)

    This one is beautiful and heartfelt, thoughts..'what is means is relaxing, allowing happiness to happen.' I have always thought that no words are necessary in prayer and you have said it well.

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  • Scarlett Treat (4/27/2006 7:26:00 AM)

    Word meanings and pronunciations that change and there we are, stuck in the rut of not wanting our worlds to change....why else would we have invented 'writer's block? ' Then again, you could be in my boat, aging, when the words just won't come at all, until three hours later when you don't need them anymore! Scarlett (Report) Reply

  • Danny Reynolds (4/27/2006 6:29:00 AM)

    The words are only fickle friends. Mere visitors, calling where they feel welcome, and arranging themselves in a relaxed and attractive manner. Would you go on holiday/vacation to the same resort everytime? I suggest you take a brake, build a theme park that's never been thought of, and they will be back like a plague bringing all the relatives in tow!
    Danny (Possibly in same rut?) (Report) Reply

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