These Are the Rules



What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.”    Charles Bukowski


The whole world may be burning

around you,

but you have knowingly

chosen this.


You must confront the blizzard

with a tattered umbrella.

These are the rules.

You must stop the gaping


head wound

with only a tiny circular band aid.

You do not have more

and you cannot do less.


This is the choice you make:

to wash it with your tears,

wring it out,

and begin again.


Eventually it may stick.

The role you take

is only as a guide.

Your patient is the one


who struggles each day

through the snow and the wind

but for the band aid,



~ by dianeklammer on February 18, 2013.

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