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inconclusive introspection
perhaps the person we loved has changed
perhaps they truly never were there
perhaps the error was in our perception
perhaps the error was in their deceit
perhaps the others involved were untruthful
perhaps they hurt much more than they helped
perhaps the change was outside ourselves
perhaps the change was inside ourselves
perhaps the self has become enlightened
perhaps the self has lost its way
perhaps the truth cannot be retrieved
perhaps the psyche says 'we must deny'
perhaps the cosmos is simply too random
perhaps this is the way life is... perhaps... ...
llp - dA - sep2018
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for those who remember Joey
- a reverent slinky she might like? -
most of us
mostly unknown to most
at most leave faint tracks - then
there are those most immersed
giving their most to the rest
this 'most' is late noticed at best
due most of us rushing too fast
trying to finish more first... instead of most last
they used to say - "you are the most"
to the most popular girl
or the most beautiful one
from the most fabulous school
a most emphatic 'however'
names one who was gladly *most giving*
who is missed most by those of us saying -
"Joey, you were the most... ... and surely the best"
llp - dA - sep2018
:iconalapip:alapip 5 14
maybe... maybe not
out there
in the universe
a supernova!
don't bother to look yet
light only travels at lightspeed
a thousand years or so hence
we'll see it and get all excited
at least I sure would
yup - we'll see it
if we haven't destroyed ourselves
in the meantime
llp - dA - aug2018
:iconalapip:alapip 4 15
our next journey
at that intersection
as we bide...
what-other beings
shall we see there
to barter perhaps
thoughts of alternative worlds?
a commons of sublimity
where we may be given a choice
return to a fallen land or
explore the wonders beyond
after all
if a form of Karma allows
we've yet to tour [up close]
a universe!
llp - dA - aug2018
:iconalapip:alapip 4 10
to live is to wonder
is this good
is it necessary
does anyone know why
it might have been valid
to have made these same queries
previously - [in the first place]
and each have found someone else
and have ended no less perplexed
at this time in these lives
perhaps the answer is:
 - there are no answers
but we shall always ask
llp - dA - aug2018
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my lame answer to a loving friend...
Wotcher, I don't know what is ultimately
least unacceptable for Native Americans:
- trying to maintain one's half forgotten
' heritage' in a land long unsuited.
- trying to assimilate into a largely
barren culture of mindless Capitalists.
- trying to fit in between by fleecing
the racist interloper's descendants at
casino gaming tables.
It's like the everlasting dregs of slavery,
there doesn't seem to be a generally
acceptable answer. In other words, is
there any longer ANY answer?
We have failed to own our sins, 'godly'
or not, we may be failing as a species.
If and when we're finally all gone, we
won't know it, but the planet will.
“The arc of the moral universe is long,
but it bends toward justice.” This may
very well be the final truth.
llp - dA - jun2018
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'never give up... that ship'
with alacrity
and vehemence
we persevere
llp - dA - jun2018
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'gaming' the future... win-win or win-lose
cosmic reality seeks stability
within the chaos of random chance
forever failing try by try
forever succeeding bit by bit
winning thru the latter
a universal plumb
nonzero sum... winning?
yes - [for the most part]
the trial continues
it is everywhere
it is everything
it is endless
from the miniscule to the colossal
as must be - thus this truth
We are enfolded
We are connected
the 'arrow' of time trends up -
as well as forward
and [as has been said]
 "... it bends toward justice"
here on This Planet
due to human deeds
for good or ill it seems -
WE have become
   the tip of that 'arrow'
llp - dA - apr2018
expanded journal entry - jan2014
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fake news
  [Trump, FOX, et al]
accusing the media of = controlling the base
broadcasting of = controlling the base
controlling the base = massive profits
it's all very logical actually
despicable too of course
collateral damage to us and the world?
easily compartmentalized... vs wealth and power
[if one is a sociopath]
llp - dA - feb2018
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The SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket - today
Its liftoff was probably the most thrilling thing I've ever witnessed,
and my having just accidentally tuned in about thirty seconds before it lit up,
without even knowing it was scheduled or anything about it,
without knowing of its record weight and power, or that it contained a Tesla,
and will orbit elliptically around Mars and the Sun for countless millennia.
I love serendipity -
and the chance to watch this live!
the cheering had already started
then "10-9-8-... ..."
it was awesome
it was beautiful
yes, all too often
we are hateful beings
but, sometimes
when challenged...
with tears in our eyes
we are godly too
llp - FB - feb-06-2018
      dA - feb2018
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life's precious moments live on
per quantum entanglement
literally - always
pre-echo informed
post-echo relayed
the cosmos reacting as 'One'
[which it is, we surmise]
reminds of those 'butterfly wings'
- does the die-off of Monarchs
   effect the monsoons?
- will the touch of one's spirit
   reflect in the ruins?
   persist til the heat death of all?
as atoms push atoms, the answer is - Yes!
Yes, it shall...
- we are root causes, caused by root causes
   "it's turtles all the way down"
llp - dA - jan2018
:iconalapip:alapip 3 3
one final internal quest
which quits on us first:
the brain or the body?
the battle for life
or the battle-worn self?
these matters matter...
the mind mutters - prattles
thoughts scatter while we wait
a busily mental twiddling of thumbs
as entity ever-so-slowly succumbs
"why?" we ask...
expecting silence - yet
not even getting that
...from ourselves
we prefer to leave with dignity, grace
peace and serenity on our face - but
this ditty keeps running through my brain:
   Knottingham Hardly is the name
   call me Knott - because you see
   from now on I'm 'Knott Hardly'
   THAT's - as clear as it gets
   the very last version of me
llp - dA - dec2017
:iconalapip:alapip 6 14
life feels personal, but it's not
is the problem within your expectations -
that all of this is supposed to work for you?
in railing at inconvenience
in blaming bad luck or failure
on oneself - on others
impatience is not a virtue
everything runs on random chance
the cosmos didn't evolve with you in mind
the universe is infinite
you're anything but
you're just one more grain of sand
one atom of that grain
one particle in that atom
you're . not . worth . a . single . cosmic . thought
now that you've been apprised of this
take a deep breath
take notice that you're here - you're alive
and try to be grateful...
llp - FB - dec2017
      dA - ditto [a day, and a few small changes, later]
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certainty, uncertainty - rinse, repeat
facts trickle past
propaganda inundates
we tread water
like kittens in a bucket
reality struggles
honesty has drowned
happenings swamp yesterday's knowns
today this occurs, also tomorrow - and yet
right now I'm just so damnably sure...
wait! did you hear that?
CNN says FOX said what?
make note of it
before we forget
and get flushed away by the future
llp - dA - dec 2017
:iconalapip:alapip 6 11
trees r us
reach further
branch out
reach - dream in darkness
don't stop the morrow
never cease
keep reaching
ere you perish
llp - FB - dec2017
      dA - dec2017
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ladys' revenge
we thought past is past
we had our fun
we got away
more than once
such naughty boys
never got punished
now we find
our selfishness
our indescretions
our greedy lips
our wandering hands
our peccadillos...
[oh - no no no]
all those victims
are up ahead
working together
setting traps
llp - dA - nov2017
:iconalapip:alapip 6 18
NOTICE: i habitually reply to all comments,
but for those who fav without a comment -
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ALSO: i will not tender a thank you for badges.
[llamas: nothing but tall, bad tempered sheep.]

"badges? we don't need no stinkin' badges!"
[a common misquote from an old film -… ]

- - - i delete all badges without comment. - - -
[not that i don't appreciate good intentions...]

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planting 5% complete
everything smells like dirt
tilled ground freshly unfrozen
dust in the air clouds the horizon
the sunsets more vivid
there’s a breathable fungus I’ve read about
I worry the soiled air will invade my lungs
mississippi valley ground gain sentience in me
still it’s sweeter than the scent of snow
driving along quiet roads
there are so many tractors lit up
trawling late into the night
making up for lost springtime
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Favs and Comments
First journal in a long time. I'm rusty. Bear with me. (Stretches fingers)
In a real live art gallery people mill around individually internally musing or openly opininating in groups in joint discussion. Here in the digital realm it is a little different. To yourself or a cadre of colleagues pondering aloud you might say:
"Tis garbage! I'd nay wipe me bottom with it under threat of execution by listening to the entire back catalogue of Backstreet Boys albums played backwards in a eternal loop till I slowly starved to death!"
But what would you say if the artist was stood at the side of each piece you visited? Would the same unfiltered comment be artistically appropriate or social correct to openly opininate? Is the duty of the artist to suffer the old slings and arrows with nothing held back? I think there is open debate here to be had at.
I personally think that online my boundaries regarding this relax. The screen is a deflector shield of sorts. People here may dash my work with ver
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good stretch
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Light Waves Will Find Me
"All I see," Jordan muses, "is a floating silhouette."
For I'm not sure what reason, I am standing astride his lower legs as he reclines in bed. I bounce experimentally on the balls of my feet, testing my balance on the mattress.
"You can see me?"
"Yes, because there's a little light in the window."
"Oh yeah, I forgot. So much for this sitting in the dark experiment."
Bounce. I turn to look over my shoulder.
"I can kind of see that,actually. My night vision is oddly clear now and then. My pupils open up even more than yours because they're trying to find light. Sometimes it's startling, but mostly it's kind of cool. Maybe I'm secretly a cat."
I reposition. Bounce again. Even as Jordan's breathing remains steady, I know he's amused.
"This probably sounds crazy, but sometimes I sense a faint light source when I'm in the shower and have forgotten to turn on the light. I always wondered whether I might be imagining that--you know, because my eyes try to process so much that maybe I
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the air tells me by raido-ehwaz the air tells me :iconraido-ehwaz:raido-ehwaz 12 0 among giants II by raido-ehwaz among giants II :iconraido-ehwaz:raido-ehwaz 17 4 stranded by raido-ehwaz stranded :iconraido-ehwaz:raido-ehwaz 6 0 Church by Shyll-j Church :iconshyll-j:Shyll-j 27 8 Rest In Peace by Shyll-j Rest In Peace :iconshyll-j:Shyll-j 29 11
(short story) Halloween at Mercy
One can rule by fear and thus cause obedience in others, but what happens when one rules through terror?
Somewhere in the countryside of North Carolina, there is a little town, which carries the name Mercy. It has a friendly neighborhood, filled with many nice and kind people. There has never been a murder, a robbery, even a petty theft. Everyone there is smiling, everyone is happy. And yet, many have passed the city, and none tell a cheerful tale.
"Something's wrong with the people."
"They are not natural."
"There's more to it than I want to know."
They say many things once they leave, but nobody dares to say one bad word when the eyes of the residents lay upon him.
There's really nothing to fear. The town is safe. For a person with an honest and kind heart, it is like a piece of heaven. But if you ever go there, and you feel brave, ask around and see if they tell you what happened to those who aren't saints.
Halloween was always an event many people in the town of Mercy were looking
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I wonder if he loves me
when he holds me tight
and chases the rabbit from my heart
                [its fur is soft, purple and midnight
                and my flesh bursts above its pressure]
But I know he loves me
when he kisses my lips
and places the barrel against my heart
                [its target is cold, hollow and broken
                and my flesh relaxes beneath its force]
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Lawrence L Piper
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States
work for the cure of pain
in everyone, for we all
have at least some,
exaggerated in our minds,
and may think we walk alone...
llp - mar'09

Current Residence: N Billerica Mass, a few miles South of the Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center where I worked through the 70s before getting fired and barred for life from my career for participating in the 'PATCO strike of August 1981', [google it if you're curious]. I loved that job. Pres Reagan terminated 12,000 of us with a knee jerk stroke of his pen.
deviantWEAR sizing preference: medium
Print preference: index finger?
Favourite genre of music: alternative
Favourite style of art: surreal
Operating System: windows 10
Wallpaper of choice: Alexandra and guess who
Skin of choice: quite pale
Favourite cartoon character: road runner
Personal Quote: From he to whom much is given, much will be required.

OPINION - actually a suggestion for planetary sustainment:

Due to natural human [generally aggressive male] tendencies, Capitalism, if *unregulated* damages the environment [thru thoughtless exploitation of resources], and it damages our general way of life [through concentration of wealth]. THIS IS TRUE. All one needs to do is honestly look at our nation and *especially* the world.

"Thoughtless exploitation of resources" and "concentration of wealth" happen because the most "aggressive" among us are the people [generally male] who gravitate to the top in business and politics. Thus, 'The Free Market' and 'Capitalism' are not panaceas. Neither, of course, is 'Socialism'. Perhaps a form of 'Regulated Social-Democratic Capitalism' is. Along these lines, we should [I tend to think] assemble a group of 'thinkers' from all nations to non-selfishly write a 'Social Document', acceptable to all, privileging none, beneficial to the sustainment of the planet. Any nation refusing to ratify the final Document would need to be ostracized as anti-social. Religious leaders would just need to agreeably 'suck-it-up for the benefit of mankind' [or be thoroughly ostracized].

This, or something equally 'all-inclusive'. We're approaching 'emergency conditions'.

:hmm:  pip


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avfc4me Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018
Thank you. Wow, thank you! What a crazy surprise and so, so flattering. 
alapip Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Well Kari, you wrote it... ;) pip
cerealnovels Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018
Thank you 😊 
JimmieBee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018  Student Writer
Hello! Thank you very much for the watch! I really appreciate it❤
PennedinWhite Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much for the support, as always, Pip. :heart:
hopeburnsblue Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Professional Writer
Hi, Lawrence! :wave: Thanks so much for following my page. :iconheartorangeplz:
GrannyJae Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018
well hello my friend!  long time no see :hug:

how's tricks?
alapip Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Time intervenes as I try [not valiantly]
to take care of me. :O

And you? 
GrannyJae Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018
getting  on and getting along :)  my Mom is staying with us now, which is great, but an extra bit of work and worry...
TheOnly-MaKaila Featured By Owner Edited Aug 22, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much for the watch :wave:
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