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it’s been a long time since i’ve written about love…
(please listen to the music video below by sina, one of my new faves.)

you’re not who you were in the morning
before you went for one last ride
you’re not who you were in the morning
before he kissed you & said goodbye

you forgot all of the reasons
that took you deep inside
you forgot all of the reasons
when you looked into his eyes

how far could one night take it
will you even have that chance
how far could one night take it
cold rains on evergreen plants

if you say all the words in your heart
and if you hold nothing back
will he call you tomorrow
to check that you’ve packed

when you say all the words in your heart
and if you hold nothing back
if he doesn’t call you tomorrow
was it the sound of his voice that you lacked

you’re not who you were in the morning
before you went for one last ride
you’re not who you were in the morning
before he kissed you & said goodbye

you’re not who you were in the morning
before you went for one last ride
you’re not who you were in the morning
and you didn’t even try
you didn’t even try



by JTW
©2012 JTW “jtwhitaker.com” All rights reserved.

a few days ago a friend of mine remarked how unusual it is that i frequently cook “gourmet” meals considering i don’t have an oven/range. he called me a minimalist, which i consider quite a compliment. lol (that day i happened to be making a fresh cherries & honey-glazed ham with roasted herb & garlic red-skinned mashed potatoes and OF COURSE GRAVY!!) it’s amazing what you can do with a toaster oven & slow cooker and how awesome stuff you grow yourself tastes.

i love to coexist with the nature on “the farm.” even as i write this post there’s a groundhog not more than 20 feet away from me perched up on his hind legs holding an apple core in his little hands, munching away at it.

we see a lot of groundhogs and they have elaborate tunnel-homes built all around us. when we first moved here we joked about getting a gun to scare them off, cause that’s what you’re supposed to do right? “you can’t have groundhogs wandering around freely destroying stuff?!” lol that’s such a sad attitude.

groundhogs are adorable actually and i’ve never seen them destroy anything. they’re an important part of the ecosystem here and they provide homes for many other small animals that “lease” space in their tunnels. they are vegetarians and love to eat plants, flowers, roots and wild herbs. and even though we have many of them here they’ve never eaten our vegetables or herbs-they’re very respectful neighbors. if we throw something towards their dens, like that apple core the one was just eating, they will graciously accept it, but they won’t bother the plants we have growing by the house for our meals. isn’t that interesting?

groundhogs are one of those unique creatures that hibernate in the winter, like a death without dying or an alternate state of consciousness. in order to thrive and survive they are completely in-tune with powerful natural & metabolic processes. they balance all their resources in preparation for new awareness & awakening. they are very hospitable, masters of being in the ebb & flow of nature and coexisting with others that are different from them. they are keenly aware of boundaries and adept at creating their own.

even a toaster oven & slow cooker would be considered luxuries in many places. the possessions we have and seek are quite relative to the places we’re from, the cultures in which we exist, and what we are willing to work for, what’s important to us.

is any certain lifestyle, from asceticism to luxury, inherently right or wrong? probably not. but is your particular lifestyle the one YOU chose because it makes YOU feel peaceful, happy & fulfilled?

it doesn’t really matter what other people think you need – find that out within yourself and then insist on it.

[and please try not to run over the little furry groundhogs. they're just people too.]

“never let your fear decide your fate…”

by JTW
©2012 JTW “jtwhitaker.com” All rights reserved.

it’s kinda sad
the looks on their faces
so stressed & worried
by these unfamiliar places

they can’t relate
and so they sit’n debate
my happiness & sanity
obsessed with who they think i should be

i can’t be mad
i can only be true
can’t relieve their minds
by the things i say or do

they’ve never been here
their home is their fear
and i guess that shelter suits’m fine
but my peace comes from a different kind

maybe i’m bad
but we’re all gonna die
and if it’s not the things you love that kill you
it’s been the things you wouldn’t try

i’m not concerned with changing minds
they were never my minds to break
i’m far to busy being true to me
to be bothered by what is fake

the fields are green
and everything i need
and when the trains zoom by
i smile at their speed
i fly somewhere high
to drop a little seed
the kind of life i’m livin’
is the one i choose to lead
it’s not in the books they’re used to
but it’s a hell of’a one to read

the fields are green
and everything i need
and when the trains zoom by
i smile at their speed
i fly somewhere high
to drop a little seed
the kind of life i’m livin’
is the one i choose to lead
it’s not in the books they’re used to
but it’s a hell of’a one to read

“i’m doin’ fine watching shadows on the wall…”

by JTW
©2012 JTW “jtwhitaker.com” All rights reserved.

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