I’ve forgotten the future,
Replaced my remembrances
With wishes, dreams, hope,
With unanchored imagination,
Convinced, somehow,  the future is malleable,
That I have choices and unforeseen consequences
Which will shape my life
And the lives of those around me.

I’ve forgotten the future,
And no matter what they say,
Everyone else has forgotten the future too. 

~ Russ Allison Loar
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The reason
Why your busy ambitions
Is connected to
The reason
Why I sit outside this evening
In an old lawn chair,
Fanning away insects
And the gentle breeze of thought.

~ Russ Allison Loar
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My love is leaving,
Going on an errand without me.
She grabs her purse,
Heads for the door,
And I wonder,
Is this the last day of her life?

I urgently say,
“Drive careful!”

Should I delay her departure
With idle conversation,
Interrupting some calamitous chain of events?

Or would my interference set events in motion
Threatening accident and harm?

Whatever comes,
I will feel responsible
For what I did,
Or what I did not do,
In a thousand different ways,
Can I truly guide the hand of fate,
At all?

~ Russ Allison Loar
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The Stray

The stray cat waiting outside your door,
Testing your compassion,
Your humanity.

For I was hungry and you gave me food.
I was thirsty and you gave me drink.
I was a stranger and you took me in.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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All the knowledge
I have so carefully gathered
For so many years,
All my opinions,
My experiences,
All that I am
Means so very little
Compared to the touch of your hand,
The sound of your voice,
Confessing love.

~ Russ Allison Loar
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Praying for divine guidance,
As long as the holy message
With certain theological predilections
And does not require
Too much humility.

~ Russ Allison Loar
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