"A goal without a plan is just a wish"

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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A Cosmos by the Lake

Stars smiled upon me 
Nice to say hello again 
Loveliest surprise
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Fair-weather Friend

My fair-weather friend 
Likes me on days I get paid 
Hides me on others
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Another Vacation

Ask me down again 
Help you pick up the pieces 
Call it vacation
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No Warmth

Bucket of water 
Onto a soul's blazing hearth 
Farewell, wisp of smoke
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Surf Line

Pick up the red phone 
Your sweet voice flows over me 
In sugary waves 
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Cute Scorpion

Bubbly child of Mars
Still you hook me from the stars
Please never let go
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Unstarcrossed

Cosmically drifting
Yet seeking like infrared
Found heat of our hearts
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Love of the Ocean

She's down for too long
Not one to easily quit
Like a second swell
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Life on the Red Planet

A carbon dreamscape
Materialized in flame
Descended from Mars
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Keep It Simple Sweetheart

She's a simple girl
Not about technology
Wiser than she knows
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Lovesick

Happily bleeding
Arrow through left ventricle
Shakes fist at Cupid
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The Bridge

Standing at the bridge 
To a sunshine dimension 
I will cross over
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Hotline

Between the two of us 
Seven hundred miles and
Thousands of long sighs
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Pillow Talk

Record your heartbeat
Play it back through a speaker
Inside my pillow
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River Physics

Hearts spin in water 
Our quantum entanglement 
Transforming summer 
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Fourth of July

Nightfall surprises me  
Jewels from your lips bursting 
Hot as fireworks fly
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Your Spot

With you on the sand 
Living our day in the sun 
A lifetime ahead
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Guided by Light

Never losing sight 
Sailing the stormiest seas 
You are my lighthouse
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One Path

Our parallel paths 
Converged one fine spring morning 
Now we walk just one
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Leftovers

My soul flickers fast 
Dying lightbulb in the fridge 
Close the door on me
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Work in Progress

Walking through amber 
If certain of what you need 
Please, take the right steps
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Zero Doubt

Doubt like a dragon 
Cannot breathe its fire on me 
My heart is my shield
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Unwilling Culicidae

Whine of beating wings 
Without landing for my blood 
She won't drink poison
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On Deck

Fireworks above town 
We collide in broad daylight 
Our own little world
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How I Burn for You

Sunbeam says hello 
Naturally amplified fire 
Lake full of lava
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Meandering Morning Mist

Mist swirled around me 
Focus then switched on to you 
Eyes now misty too 
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Too Hot to Handle

Always colliding 
Setting off cosmic fireworks 
Our heat burns the sun
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Woman in the Moon

A face in the sky 
Glowing on the nighttime dew 
Your moonbeam kisses 
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Selfishness in the Stars

Spoiled blameless soul 
Slap color out of my face 
Say it is my fault 
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Let Lightning Live Long

Current runs through us 
Like charging capacitors 
Wait until we touch
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Synchronize Watches

Fridays around nine 
Appears your most common time 
For disappearing
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Young Again

Heartbeats play hopscotch 
Wildly skipping within us 
A game of smiling
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Condensation

Your heart creates steam 
Tenacity propels you 
No falling apart
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Life Does Revolve

Forgive my weakness 
Not strong enough to sustain 
This reality 
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Sometimes Please Stop

Not yesterday's date
On my birth certificate
Lies unbecoming
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Aquatic Constellations

Water everywhere 
Encircled by shores of love 
Lit by moon and mars
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I am Dying

Museum or shrine 
Home to my past tense pieces  
Passed on to no one
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Snowstorm of Solitude

Lonely snow falling 
Blanketing an absent love 
Seems less beautiful
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Navigation by Heart

You are my lighthouse 
My river to the ocean
You are my North Star
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Why Asterismos?

We became four stars 
Strung in the weather for years 
Until one fell off
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State of Serendipitous Sunshine

From our first meeting 
You gave me a special gift 
We will always be
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Pity Park

Difficult seesaw
One side guilt — other side shame
Can we leave this park?
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Corazón de Fuego

You dropped an ember 
In my heart decades ago 
Now an inferno
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Twenty-Seven Degrees

Confusion so strong 
Entirely focused on 
Not falling apart
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Savage

Living off the grid 
Frequent flyer miles expired 
Uncivilized now
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Graduation

Dearest daffodil 
Marvelous hearted daughter 
Stars shining for you
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New Moon

The moon lasts awhile
Think of me when you see it
I'm already gone
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Periodically Able

Bluish eye stains rain 
Cold quantum phenomenon 
Double bonded chain
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Fireplace

Seeking the heart's warmth
Now beside a wondrous flame
Lit in me the same
Brian Shumate
Work: software and distributed systems challenges — play: art, writing, programming and outdoor activities
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