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Counseling of Self

Updated on June 11, 2011
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When you call out into the night’s quiet air

And no one answers

Save the drone and tick of the freezer

Do you wonder who and what you’re listening for


There are no answers to be found in the stillness

Did you think the waked ones were hiding them

And that now tucked away covered by night

The answers would spill

From their pockets on bed posts

And cigar boxes tucked beneath their slumber space


And neither are there answers in the bottom of a wine glass

Whiskey bottle or in the depths of a well stocked cellar

The answers you seek are hiding in the plain

But not all together view of you


We can go together if you like

Forge into the frightening silence

Past the hum of the icebox, past your breath

Past your heartbeat

Dare you come deep inside with me


I warn you don’t

Unless its peace you seek



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      Nancy Hinchliff 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Nice...I like this one, Randy. Wow, they are just pouring out of you.

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Peace and quiet in the buzzing night.;)

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Morning alekhouse. My boyfriend moved away... so I am left alone with my thoughts now. I guess he was helping me hide from them.

      Quiet, save for my ridiculously loud refrigerator MA.

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      You need to find one who likes poetry and he'll be there for life. You wouldn't have found the necessary emotion without him buggering off, if it helps any.

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Hi attemptedhumour! It was a hella good job that pulled him away. In this economy you gotta go where the money is.

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      LaurieDawn 6 years ago

      Very profound and I liked it. I feel the pain, but I feel the comfort, of the familiar, and the searching.

      *hugs*

      Laurie

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks LaurieDawn. We are all on journeys; I should not be surprised when others relate. Hugs back.

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      Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

      Answers don't come at the bottom of liquor bottles, but hell if we don't keep looking.

      This one has a sense of mystery to it that I can't quite put my finger on. I pride myself on being able to dissect some of the layers of your work (not all layers!), but this one eludes me. Maybe I need to give it another whirl in the morning. We'll see. I like it though. Always fun times in Randyland. Peace and war.

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Nawwww, not too tricky. This is the often occurrence of my two sides having a conversation. Randy and the other me :)

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "The answers would spill

      From their pockets on bed posts..."

      Randy, I can't make up my mind which lines I love the most...this left me speechless. Up and awesome!

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Aw, thanks Genna. You always leave me such sweet comments.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Beautiful poetry!

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thank you RealHousefwife!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Sure - and I've read a few of them - all amazing!

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      And thanks for the fan mail too!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Ha! I read your interview. I am also a rule breaker - and wrote that on hub somewhere so it made me laugh!

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      Mia aka Luna 5 years ago

      the last two lines just drove this home for me.

      many do not want peace. though they think that they do.

      beautiful write.

      Luna

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      Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Hi Mia! Thanks for commenting. Sometimes peace is actually a hard pill to swallow.

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      Jingle 5 years ago

      the first stanza instantly drew me,

      stunning piece, Happy Potluck.

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      Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks Jingle. Happy Potluck to you as well. :)

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      misz 5 years ago

      I love this.

      And I agree, the answer could be hiding in the silence of your mind :)

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      Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks Misz. Nice to meet you.

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      mindlovemisery 5 years ago

      Beautiful filled with quiet longing

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      Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thank you for commenting Mindlovemisery.

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