being consistent need not mean one doesn’t try to do things in a different manner


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do not disregard things that in this moment do not make sense

for tides change and you might need to make use of them a week hence


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looking into man and his roots

one discovers that his evil tendencies predate money and all that is associated with its abuses


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of all human conditions

attachment has brought most to their detriment


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labour industriously and maybe some day you can sit back comfortably


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I wish back then you’d have seen the bigger picture

but perhaps it’s better that you see it in the near future, on the big picture


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death on the hearth

A bird entered a man’s home through a window opening, which the wind pushed shut behind it a moment thereafter. The bird was trapped, and seeing no other way out of the mess it tried to go through a hole in the wall, which was in this case a fireplace. It was an impulsive decision which proved fateful. Its desire to quickly get back out to the fresh air landed it in a situation beyond dire. What it hadn’t realised was that the coal on the hearth was still very hot; so it never made it up the chimney, and became dinner for the man instead.


© Heath Muchena, 2015

Swordsman Served

there was once a man who was skillful with his sword

but in the comfortable absence of war he had developed a debilitating languor

then one day an enemy he had previously defeated came to exact revenge

bursting through the door, catching the man off guard


the enemy not allowing a minute for response and the man too slow to reach for his weapon

he was only afforded a split second to regret before watching his enemy shoot an arrow to his chest

before moving in close to decapitate


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wrongs of innocence and experience

a cosseted girl

can only hope to someday become the belle of the ball

and revel in her sartorial elegance

but she knows not when to employ deference


whilst the one of experience

needs no counsel and never plays the damsel in distress

for she is empowered well and can tell sincere charms from potential harms

and knows when not to succumb to men’s often lascivious spells



© Heath Muchena, 2015

a Reflection of the Man and his Taste

Men will stand ready to defend their reputation, even when it has not been called into question. This I observed  the other day when I was in the company of an acquaintance and we ran into his ex-wife. Pleasantries were exchanged and we were soon on our way. What struck me was the first thing he mentioned right after we were in the clear. He said: ‘‘man, you should’ve seen how good she looked back when we were still together…”. It was as though he’d instinctively assumed that my assessment of her would somewhat be a reflection of his taste, which was not the case, for I had not cared to observe any faults with her curves or flaws with her nerves.


© Heath Muchena, 2015