Faux French
ridiculous rhymes
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Let’s build bridges
to civil rights
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Letter from
a drama queen
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Strike Forward to Let Go

learning by exploration.

strike forward with optimistic expectations.
do all that I can do.

person approaching a goal sign, but the path to get there is broken

high achiever.
model of kindness.

reach further.
dream bigger.


Do I really live by these goals? What do I actually do?

a calm ocean at night

I actually let go of all that I want and expect: I summon each desire and dread, gaze upon it, savor the hope that I tied to it, explore the contours, and let it go. I cry over the loss of each one until I feel empty: my hands, mind and soul seem bare.

Then I am floating, flat on my back on a calm ocean at night. When I open my “eyes,” all I see is the stars of infinity. When I look at the horizon, I see shadowy trees overhanging a distant beach, and darkness beyond that. I hear slip-slaps of the dlippling water. I relax on the rippling cushion of the water’s surface. My breath and the salt water keep me afloat. My heels settle down a little as I breathe in, and level out as I breathe out. I am here, now. I enjoy this time of peace, however long it lasts, in this timeless place. This place just is.

Eventually a wave comes along that energizes me and aligns me with opportunities. I ride the wave until it beaches me at a distant land, to explore and gather wants and expectations.

Some time later, the tide rolls in, and the ocean reclaims me.


“Goal” image courtesy of jscreationzs / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
modified by Grace Buchanan.
“Ocean Night” image is a composite of “Under the Stars” by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes,
“Two Planet-hunters Snapped at La Silla” by European Southern Observatory / Alexandre Santerne, via Wikimedia Commons, and
“Untitled” by cuisy for openphoto.net.
“Ocean Night” is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 by Grace Buchanan.

25 responses to “Strike Forward to Let Go”

  1. I would very much appreciate your help, as described on Deconstructing Myths today.
    Also, I would like to know the political reasons for your decision.

    With respect, and in struggle,
    Claire O’Brien


    1. Thank you Claire for responding to my offer to help with your petition. I am working on re-blogging your story.


      1. THANK-YOU very much. My appreciation is difficult to express.
        Will you also be emailing the petition itself? Please include me as a cc.

        Thank-you again. I am deeply grateful.

        In solidarity,



        1. I just emailed you a draft of my comments to accompany my re-blog, for your review before I publish them.

          I am glad to strike forward with you, with optimistic expectations.


          1. I just read your comments. I think they are great. I sent you an email.

            Thank-you again, from my heart.


            1. Grace AND her comments are soooooo great!!

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  2. Really enjoyed this post 🙂 Sorry I have been out of touch recently I have been a bit of a hermit. I hope your doing okay!

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  3. Nice, actually your comments on my take made me understand that this is like a meditation. As it is very poetic I took it differently at first. I like the way you built the post, showing your desire first.

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    1. Thank you. And thank you for helping my readers to notice the subtlety of my message.


  4. “I hear slip-slaps of the dlippling water.” This line and the entire paragraph it’s in are just hauntingly beautiful. It’s true….I started to highlight and cut/paste all my favorite parts and i realized I would just be leaving your entire original post in the comment section. JUST WONDERFUL!!

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    1. You are such a sweetheart ❤ I had fun figuring out how to spell the texture of the water that makes the slip-slapping sound.


  5. The essence of being human captured. Thank you Grace. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for re-tweeting it. I am glad that you could relate, Leni. 🙂

      Happy Easter!

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  6. What a lovely and poetic description of a human being evolving, exploring…so exciting and that last line was a powerful punch that made me smile.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you for sharing your smile with me.


  7. Wow that is wonderful, two parts and so different your wishes and then I don’t know not quite a poem, not quite a story, but like a meditative story beautifully written x I wasn’t brave enough to offer for the prompt this week .

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    1. Thank you for getting “into it”. I appreciate your visit.


      1. a pleasure i should thank you for writing x

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  8. Love what you’re doing here, WG!

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    1. Hooray for mutual admiration! 🙂


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