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One-Liners

If one accepts haiku as a 17 syllable poetry form, then why not a single sentence as a poem?

Steer clear this time.
22 August 2019

I can't poison my life because of action someone else keeps taking.
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New Management Theory
21 August 2019

Planning a wedding is good therapy for the high strung micromanagers of the world.
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Discretionary Poetry
21 August 2019

Seeing into men's souls is easy.
Living with what you see is hard.
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Looking at the world
through wine bottle lenses:

23 August 2018

I'm searching for the truth of life but haven't yet reached the bottom of the bottle.
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Inconvenient Truth
22 August 2018

Life is never what you expect. If it is, then you're doing it wrong.
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Fully Charged
22 August 2018

It's amazing what you feel capable of after 12 hours of sleep!
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The Measure of a Man
20 January 2016

He was a man capable only of second rate work, whose key to success was his skill in convincing others they deserved no better from him.
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Re-Upholstering My Mind in Paisley
25 August 2015

What do you do when you find yourself listening to the story of a man's first viewing of Apoclypse Now when he was on acid and at the age of fourteen?
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Another victim of reality
17 February 2015

Hey Universe! How dare you tell me I can't do that!
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Misplaced Attention
17 February 2015

Sometimes I don't hear what you said until after you are gone.
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I like the one-liners -- they're short.
5 July 2014

Do not mistake your impatience for a poem that is too long.
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Choosing Your Own Adventure
17 November 2013

Learn to see the truth in a motivating, not de-motivating way.
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Necessity Is The Mother of Comprehension
6 August 2013

Art should not have to be explained; Yet an explanation is often necessary.
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Ecology Viewed From Afar
30 July 2013

Ecology operates in cycles: Precious life is destroyed and thereby becomes the fertile soil for the next generation.
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I Like Working With People
5 August 2011

I'm shifting my career from the unpleasant struggle to make a product successful to the challenging and rewarding process of helping another person realize a vision.
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Marketing to an Engineer
26 July 2011

The essence of marketing is to get a large number of people to believe the same thing whether it is true or not.
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Recapturing Fun II -- Computers
21 July 2011

Computers quit being fun when "fixing broken stuff" became an unpleasant, too frequent necessity instead of an interesting challange.
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Recapturing Fun I -- Writing
21 July 2011

Writing stopped being fun when it became an urgent activity filled with the fear of judgments by prospective employers.
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A Flash of Lust
5 July 2011

That man walking down the street: I wonder if he has any idea how cute he is.
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Prioritization Paradox
2 June 2011

Why am I at my most productive during those times when I try my hardest to avoid doing anything?
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Falling Towards Self Knowledge
23 September 2010

We find our aspirations by tripping over them.
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Epistemological Enigma
1 February 2010

Is that peculiar clarity of mind found during drunkenness or depression all that it seems?
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The REAL source of success:
27 October 2009

Your product must be suffficiently similar to existing broken solutions that stupid people will feel comfortable with it.
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Hope and Affirmation
26 August 2009

We resolve to make tomorrow better that the today we have been forced to leave behind.
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A Crucial Matter of Identity
c. 2006

I'm not a mad scientist, I'm an angry engineer!
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Rave Restaurant Review
17 November 2006

This is how food should taste but rarely does!
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He's Not From Around Here
26 August 2006

Every morning, I make the long journey from my universe to everyone else's, but I don't always complete the trip.
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Rational Fears
26 August 2006

My long standing fear of being beat up changed in stark and subtle ways when I dated a man who bore the knife scars, and psychological scars from his abusive ex.
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New Depths of Self Acceptance
4 April 2005

It no longer bothers me that I can see into men's souls.
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Is it soup yet?
14 December 2004

I think, I need to let myself obsess about that poem for just a little while longer.
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The Bells! The Bells!
12 December 2004

Tinnitus just goes to prove: Even silence has a sound.
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My Clique
12 December 2004

This group is an aviary of rare birds!
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A Man To Avoid
12 December 2004

His mind was a petting zoo for psychoses.
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Divestiture
12 December 2004

Sometimes it's the hardest thing in the world to absolve one's self and disown duties legitimately belonging to someone else.
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The Alpha and Omega of Stubbornness
26 September 2004

Never underestimate the seductive power of homeostasis.
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Realization
26 August 2004

But then I realized that the only reason why I wanted him was because someone else had him.
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Evolution
20 July 2004

Like my father before me, I will remain five years old until the day I die.
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New Boss
30 January 2004

"Do this instead," is much more effective direction for an action oriented person than, "Don't do that."
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Insight
9 October 2003

Have I plumbed the full depths of his soul, or merely been ensnared in his defenses?
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Always Carry a Pen
c. 1990

God forbid I should meet the man of my dreams, and not have a pen to write down his phone number down with.
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Lacking Mystique
8 October 2003

I'm sick to death of being self-effacing, and single.
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Revenge II
7 October 2003

You think I did you a favor.
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Revenge
9 September 2003

Money is no object when given the opportunity to hurt the one you hate.
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Blur
19 August 2003

A cocktail party, a camera, ADD, and me: GNI.
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Art For Health's Sake
23 March 2003

At last I've recovered enough emotional reserves for poems again to flow.
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And Now a Word From Our Sponsor
5 February 2003

The vast majority of these poems are brought to you by the letter "tea".
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Confession
14 January 2003

It's not so much, "I never stopped loving you" as, "I never stopped wanting you."
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The Rules
14 January 2003

The rule, "Never have sex with anyone crazier than you.", condemns me to a life of celibacy.
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Reality Check
28 August 2002

"Ah... That is a bit of an epistemological cul-de-sac, isn't it?"
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Community
26 August 2002

It is a relief to discover, at long last, that there are people exactly as perverse as I am.
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Wannabe
24 August 2002

This year, the Radical Faeries came to me!
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Microcosmic Regret
23 August 2002

No matter what comes before or after, a thing, once said, cannot be unsaid.
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Homemade Pornography
21 August 2002

Digital photography gives new meaning to the term, "instant gratification".
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Desire
21 August 2002

I have a sweat shop filled with psychics in Fort Lee New Jersey trying to determine what it is that he wants.
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Textile Comfort
20 August 2002

The ultimate in decadence is a full length terrycloth bathrobe at a naked encampment.
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Revelation
10 August 2002

You can't hide the truth from a poet.
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A Question of Hope
17 October 2000

Is there hope for someone who only feels whole when merged with another?
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Last updated: 31 March 2010