Countdown. Waiting. Crowds. Eyes. Upwards.
Soon. Slipping. Booze.
Drunk. Queasy. Nervous. Sweat. Champagne. Scotch. Beer. Hungry.
Faint. Clock. Ticking. Ball. Dropping. Fast. Fear. Failure. No!
Century. Turn. Back. Time. Past. Simpler?
Same. Smiles. Frowns.
Baptisms. Funerals. Marriages. Divorces. Wealth. Poverty. Health. Disease.
Young. Old. Right. Wrong. Indifference. Apathy. Ignorance. Arrogance.
Hope. Work. Justice. Injustice. Despair. War!
Civilization. Imperialism. Colonialism. Revolution.
Independence. Struggle. Democracy. Elections. Votes. Equality. Protest.
Non-violence. Brown. Red. Yellow. Black. White. Gray. Issues. Policies.
Treaties. Impoverished. Disenfranchised. Reservation. Gulag. Poor.
Destitute. Slaves. Prisoners. Escape. Riot. Burn. Loot. Rape. Murder.
Frustration. Desperate. Police. Soldiers. Politicians. Children. Starving.
Dying. Innocence. Gone.
Inexplicable. Hatred. Greed. Evil. Trenches.
Mud. Gas. Clouds. Blood.
Depression. Prohibition. Gangsters. Communism. Fascism. Nazism. Bullets.
Bombs. Ovens. Dachau. Horror. Auschwitz. Death. Treblinka. Slaughter.
Holocaust. Axis. Hiroshima. Atomic. Ineffable. Defeat. Victory. Korea.
Vietnam. Iraq. Bosnia. Kosovo. Fear. Biological. Terrorism. When?
Wondering. God. Whose? Fundamentalists. Creationism.
Zionists. Zealots. Palestine. Bobby. Martin. Assassinations. Conspiracy.
Fanatics. Cults. Mormons. Masons. Moonies. Scientologists. Jamestown.
Suicide. Heaven. Angels. Prayers. Purgatory. Limbo. Babies. Vatican.
Sheep. Pagan. Goats. Hell. Damnation. Tele-evangelists. Sinners. Morals.
Minorities. Hindu. Buddhist. Islam. Jihad. Satanic. Rituals. Cash. Power.
Control. Revenge. Punishment. Mutilation. Pious. Hypocrites. Why? Gaia.
Love. Everyone. Someone. Anyone.
Dreams. Tomorrow. Peace? Maybe. Future. Science.
Doctors. Hospitals. Clinics. Cancer. AIDS. Hunger. Charity. Education.
Schools. Housing. Shelters. Missions. Space. Moons. Planets. Stars.
Plundered. Mined. Exhausted. Destroyed. Trash. Garbage. Plague. Humans.
Spreading. Infesting. Galaxy. Night. Forever. Eternal. Expanding. Inward.
Outward. Knowledge. Lost. Wisdom. Found. Smile.
Home. Safety. Fireplace. Light. Warmth. Street.
Cold. Tired. Bums.
Alleys. Begging. Sobbing. Unemployed. Whispers. Warnings. You! Next.
Cough. Smoking. Smoldering. Shame. Cashmere. Cardboard. Pillow.
Bricks. Jogging. Running. Credit. Record. Family. Fighting. Cats. Dogs.
Howling. Pissing. Puddle. Rain. Soaked. Shivering. Angry. Guns. Castle.
Storm. Winds. Blowing.
Hair. Short. Long. Styled. Wild. Fingers.
Toes. Lips. Touch. Taste.
Feel. Betrayal. Again. Counseling. Therapy. Ice. Snow. Hoarfrost. Skin.
Flesh. Meat. Chewed. Swallowed. Digested. Shat. Covered. Abandoned.
Embarrassed. Lies. Forget. Never.
Memories. Michigan. California. Indiana. Chicago.
Bridge. Poker. Rummy. Solitaire. Games. Winners. Losers. Lottery.
Chance. Fate. Destiny. Unrequited. Unachieved. Goals. Plans. Reaching.
Farther. Within. Heart. Strong. Coffee. Aspirin. Headache.
Drugs. Psychedelic. Huxley. Wasson. Leary.
Toads. Urine. Flies. Trees. Elves. Magic. Ring. Circle. Friends. Buddies.
Correspondents. Enemies. Paranoia. Shadows. Moving. Packing. Traveling.
Motel. Sandwiches. Pickles. Wine. Rest. Relaxation. Incognito. Unknown.
Free. Alive. Vacation. Reality. Crash. Broke. Bills. Questions. Crusade.
Searching. Dumb. Waste. Damaged. Hurt.
Diminished. Less. Spectral. Ghosts. Haunting.
Pizza. Pie. Apple. Seed. Johnny. Jackie. Camelot. Tarnished. Knights.
Dames. Dragons. Myths. Legends. Stories. Fiction. History. Archaeology.
Dirt. Rumor. Gossip. Slander. Insult. Numb. Senseless. Stumbling. Dark.
Glasses. Eyesight. Aging. Irreversible.
Forward. Charge! Loudly. Confidence. Character.
Scars. Medals. Pride.
Survive. Prosper. Spock? Scully? Truth. Logic. Scream! Irreverence. Joke.
Apostasy. New. Worship. Sons. Daughters. Us. Everyone. Grip. Reason.
Nurse. Teach. Instruct. Empower. Pause. Refresh. More.
Before. Repeat. Rerun. Ratings. Okay. Renewal. Giggle. Ready?
Ellipsis. Thought. Mind. Me. Mine. Yours.
Ours. Earth. Water. Air.
Stone. Wood. Flowers. Animals. Eden. Everywhere. Canyon. Mountain.
Meadow. Swamp. Plain. City. Suburb. Shack. Apartment. Room. Breathe.
Fresh. Unbounded. Indian. Crying. Pollution. Litter. Lead. Mercury.
Deformities. Chernobyl. Danger. Paradise. Dashboard. Loafing. Afternoon.
Delight. Evening. Equal. Quietly? Sorry.
As we begin the final year of the twentieth century of the Common (or
Christian) Era, I must be reminded, in the words of the Happy Guru, to "Be
Here Now," and not dwell in past dreamscapes of glory and shame or idly
envision tomorrow's tomorrow as anything substantially different and distinct
from yesterday's yesterday, as this day, today, is the only surety of existence and
whether one defers reality with drugs, disease, or demeanor, a disservice to the
moment is the yawn that overlooks the miracle of the beating heart and the
courage of a single muscle to work the longest hours, without a vacation or a
decent 401K program, but remains dedicated to getting the job done and
allowing blood to pump, feet to move, eyes to look out of a window and see the
world as a shopping mall and courtesy is the currency we use as vendors offer
their wares and with so much to choose from, it's a wonder folks get anything
done at all, come to a decision, make a selection, and opt for the challenge that
goes with that new walk, the satisfaction that matches your smile, and, of
course, one never gets a receipt in life, or an instruction booklet, as any
directions to better navigate the great expanse between birth and death would
probably be written in a language of sweaty grunts, groans, and giggles, which
lovers and soldiers of fine fortune understand, but those between affairs would
likely fail to recognize even the simplest of signs, and miss the opportunity of
somebody else's lifetime, as such things as casual joy are usually found in others,
yet lacking in those who often find controlled spontaneity in a bathroom,
imagining a lush forest after a light, summer's rain, and the sight of Nature
shaking Her wet hair, is to some, or the one, a rare privilege and high honor,
though a tad voyeuristic, and illegal in some states which have laws on the books
which forbid any exercise of appreciation that involves asking "...not what your
Country can do for you, but what you can do for your Country," as freedom
may found in bedrooms or backseats, expressed as dusty memories or a stirring
hope, but, today, ...freedom is best defined, for me, as the moment I open the
window, climb through, and run screaming through the night: "Should auld
acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?"
Old. Anxiety. New. Faces. Familiar. Strange.
Odd. Weird. Wily. Ways.
Paths. Roads. Open. Unobstructed. View. Look! Star. Shining. Flickering.
Glowing. Embers. Ashes. Cigarettes. Resolution. Quit. Sure. Right. Maybe.
Goodbye. Hello. Leaving. Staying. Searching.
Excuses. Reasons. Lies.
Afraid. Moments. Apocalypse. Horsemen. Revelation. Omen. Crows.
Scavengers. Valhalla. Walküre. Bitches. Ride. Limousine. Waving.
Sunglasses. Skirts. Stockings. Heels. Sharp. Cutting. Figures. Shapes.
Forms. Filling. Pouring. Preparing.
Shaking. Soon. Voices. Glasses. Raised. Toast.
Yes! Midnight. Y2K!
Happy New Year!
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