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The Stray Branch

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 7:20 PM


& When I set up, sit down,

To write the next great American short story.

I have a drink,

Strictly to get the juices flowing.

& when the river halts, I flood it.

& when the dam bursts & putting paper to pen went in vain,

I celebrate my humanness.

It’s a give and take.

For the river always flows poem to paper;

Rarely story to paper.

But when it flows,

It is beautiful.


“The only way you’d fall is if you jumped.”

That’s why you’re afraid of ledges

Because a tiny part of you wants to jump.

And you fear that man inside your head,

Telling you how easy life would finally be.

But I dangle off the ledge, because I’m not afraid.

I’m already dead.


Published 10/11/14.

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5:06 PM on June 29, 2022 
They’re written in countless books and passed down as folk wisdom.
It’s a great saying, but it’s not something you’d necessarily repeat over the dinner table.
Because let’s face it, perseverance is the key to success in life.
Thomas Jefferson also mirrored this general idea when he said, I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
This is especially true if the excuse is a lie.
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Finally, All things come to those who wait is a good aphorism we’re all familiar with.
Your stories can benefit from this method too.
That’s why aphorisms, adages, and proverbs are synonyms for each other.
Now compare that proverb to this famous aphorism.
Better safe than sorry is a piece of wisdom from Samuel Lover’s book, Rory O’More.
Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
Washington also said, It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
He once stated, If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
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Then use it as a guideline to stay focused on your general theme.
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