• Brian M Winningham

Being

Getting to know myself

Is a curious proposition.

Harder than imagined &

Not a task I fathomed

Performing during my

Late middle adulthood.

Remembering, recognizing,

Listening, learning,

Healing, growing,

Transforming, being.


Pain my constant companion,

My heart in anger burning.

Now no longer afire but burnt.

Never really angry, but hurt.

Change though inevitable

Is easier if we embrace it.

Remembering, recognizing,

Listening, learning,

Healing, growing,

Transforming, being.


The work never ends,

Stuck points grown thick

Like blackberry bushes

Over barbed wire fences,

Stickers protecting the fruit,

Until it rots on the vine.

Remembering, recognizing,

Listening, learning,

Healing, growing,

Transforming, being.


Victimhood a meaningless,

Self-placating, self-defeating,

Stock in a flawed system.

Reframe it with Gratitude.

Remake it with Learning.

Replace it with Service.

Remembering, recognizing,

Listening, learning,

Healing, growing,

Transforming, being.


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