Measure And Weigh


We are a people
Who measure and weigh,
Measure and weigh,
While the moment itself
Slips away.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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No Umbrella


He did not see the hummingbird,
Its iridescent scales
Flashing small rainbows in the noonday sun.

He did hot hear the electric buzz
Of its pulsing wings,
Hovering above a honeysuckle flower,
Sipping nectar,
Dusting pollen.

He did not feel the rising humidity
Giving promise to possible showers.

No seeing.
No hearing.
No umbrella.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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I Am Dead Now


On the evening of the day before I died
I knew I was doing everything for the last time.

Not too much melancholy,
Not too much regret,
Not too much anticipation,
Just getting ready for a trip.

Consider these words,
Weigh them well,
Ask yourself how I knew.

Someday, you’ll know too.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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I Am


I am that which casts shadows.
I am a shadow.

I am a piano,
Unaware of the one who strikes my keys.

I am the letters on this page,
This thought,
This moment.

I am your disbelief.

I am the thickness of night,
Wrinkling the skin of old dogs,
Pricking the dreams of frightened children.

I am a voice,
Calling out to itself.

I am what answers.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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We Who Are Not Worthy


We who are not worthy
Do not ask for love.
We can live without it,
Prefer living without it,
Keeping ourselves busy,
So busy,
Not the least little opening
Where love could leak in.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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