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Terri Guillemets
Archives — 2004

This is the archive of my publicly published writing from 2004 — the good, the bad, the active and the retired.  It includes content written for The Quote Garden as well as personal journals and writings.  Some entries were originally untitled with a title added later, and some were first published under other pen names.  —tg, 2023

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Don't trade your life for just an empty hourglass.

      DATE:  2004 Jan 17
      NOTES:  revised

We may as well make
friends with Change —
the instant the Moon is full
it's already starting to wane

      DATE:  2004 May 4

Too many of us have a skipping spirit but a sit-still body.

      TITLE:  Move it
      DATE:  2004 May 13

A poet can translate birdsong much more faithfully than the biologist ever could.

      DATE:  2004 May 22

Wash out your ego every once in a while, as cleanliness is next to godliness not just in body but in humility as well.

      DATE:  2004 Jan 5

Spring stirs under silent snow.

      DATE:  2004 Jan 12

Follow the seasons. Follow your heart. Lead by example. Lead with love, alongside simplicity and courage, embracing duty, shunning fear.

      DATE:  2004 Feb 7

Weeds —
is there really evil in their hearts
or are they simply feisty seeds —
ambitious verdant darts,
proliferous garden art?

      TITLE:  Fertilize & philosophize
      DATE:  2004 Mar 3

Desserts are the fairy tales of dining — a happily-ever-after to supper.

      DATE:  2004 Apr 1

Egotism is overvaluing your little speck of the universe.

      DATE:  2004 Feb 25

Carelessness doesn't bounce; it shatters.

      DATE:  2004 Jul 28

Candy is sugar that's all dressed up for the party.

      DATE:  2004 Oct 31

...after-storm birds singing the color into rainbows...

      DATE:  2004 Mar 4

If you treat the unknown as a minefield and never enter, you may avoid getting blasted but won't ever get to run along with the butterflies.

      DATE:  2004 Jul 3

Grief is all emotions wrapped into one.

      DATE:  2004 Jul 29

Grief is all emotions wrapped into one exhaustive sadness.

      DATE:  2004 Jul 29

The time you think you're missing misses you too.

      DATE:  2004 Mar 12

If stars were notes upon a musical sky
the night what a song of beauty!

      DATE:  2004 May 30

To me, novels are just quotations with a bunch of filler.

      DATE:  2004 Jul 13

Rain is a wet apology for the drought.

      TITLE:  Desert emotions
      DATE:  2004 Jul 13

Religion is being locked in and you can't get out; atheism, the other side of the door.

      DATE:  2004 Oct 13

I don't cry over spilt milk, but a fallen scoop of ice cream is enough to ruin my whole day.

      TITLE:  Splat!
      DATE:  2004 Jun 3

Autumn leaves
Poets breathless

      DATE:  2004 Sep 25

I take a risk
and feel more alive —
Courage screams victory
over the death trap
of the mundane!

      TITLE:  Bolting of the Rut-Dweller
      DATE:  2004 Oct 13
      NOTES:  revised

Libraries rock!
paper and scissors
Shhh, don't talk!

      TITLE:  All–nighter non–sense
      DATE:  2004 Oct 16

Tea patches heartbreak, sip by sip.

      DATE:  2004 Jan 6

In the treasure map of life, X marks love.

      TITLE:  Search, live, search
      DATE:  2004 Feb 22

The really nice breezes blow through my body and into my soul.

      DATE:  2004 Feb 22

The field of Western medicine seemingly has become literally nothing but medicine. Are doctors are on their way out, to be replaced by self-service pharmaceutical vending machines?

      TITLE:  Prescribed
      DATE:  2004 Mar 10
      NOTES:  revised

Inside our bodies, junk food converts to chaos.

      DATE:  2004 Jul 3

Did you really run into a monster on your path, or just a mirror?

      TITLE:  Mind the monsters
      DATE:  2004 Nov 30

Sometimes the things we forget aren't really forgotten, they're just conveniently not remembered.

      DATE:  2004 Jul 20

To some, the cigarette is a portable therapist.

      DATE:  2004 Feb 8

Look both ways before entering the insanity.

      DATE:  2004 Aug 14

All my life I've been trying to fit insane pieces into the puzzle of sanity. Or maybe the other way around.

      TITLE:  Jiggy
      DATE:  2004 Aug 26

My heart forgives you, but it may take a while for my words to catch up.

      DATE:  2004 Jan 25

Western medicine is med-sin. Why did we stop believing in nature?

      TITLE:  Pills
      DATE:  2004 Mar 10
      NOTES:  revised

Be careful not to drown in a mirage.

      DATE:  2004 May 3

Night has become painful for me. It brings to light the regrets of the day.

      DATE:  2004 Oct 16

Americans pursue happiness as they would a firefly, and when caught trap it in a jar until it suffocates from lack of freedom.

      TITLE:  Glow of happiness
      DATE:  2004 Oct 24

Inhale infinity,
Exhale ink.

      TITLE:  Breathing poetry
      DATE:  2004 May 28

Remedy it or welcome it:  a wise man's only two choices.

      DATE:  2004 Jun 8

Sleeplessness comes when our thoughts outweigh the night.

      DATE:  2004 Jun 26

The universe always wagers — life is risk.

      DATE:  2004 Jul 4

My dreams leap —
dancers of the night,
reaching heights
unknown to the day.

      DATE:  2004 Dec 17

I feel my body, my mind
weighted down, heavy —
but my blood, my inner fire
my passion, the little
unburdened kid in me
patiently wait to burst free —
      Some of us die
      never having burst.

      TITLE:  Years
      DATE:  2004 Jun 5

I orchestrate my mornings to the tune of coffee.

      TITLE:  My heart sings the morning
      DATE:  2004 Dec 19

Each New Year's Day is like starting a treasure hunt again from scratch, with a slightly altered map.

      TITLE:  X moves
      DATE:  2004 Dec 30

The rose of the old year withers away as the new bud begins to bloom.

      TITLE:  Withered
      DATE:  2004 Jan 1

Hope & faith flower
from cheerful seeds
of the old year to
the sprouting garden
of new year's dawn…

      TITLE:  Annuals
      DATE:  2004 Jan 1
      NOTES:  revised

No maths can entail love,
lovers belong to infinity.

      DATE:  2004 Dec 12

Old books smell of dust and the literary smoke of history, of writer-soul and the ink of eternity.

      TITLE:  Treasures in dark corners
      DATE:  2004 Dec 4

When you tell your own fairy tale, you create your own magic.

      TITLE:  Once Upon a Now
      DATE:  2004 May 1

That which you do behind someone's back, God and your Mother still see.

      DATE:  2004 May 12

Angels have no philosophy but love.

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Angels sail back to God on the sea of joy.

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Angels will not disintegrate with logic, but they are more likely to fly for those who believe.

° ° °

You'll meet more angels on a winding path than on a straight one.

° ° °

We're all kissed by angels but some of us never think to pucker.

° ° °

If you can't hear the angels, try quieting the static of worry.

° ° °

      DATE:  2004 May 16

Some people breathe through their mouth, some breathe through their nose — I breathe through the pages of a book.

      DATE:  2004 May 29

When I look at my hands and in my heart, I see stress as Lady Macbeth saw blood.

      DATE:  2004 May 15

I've shackled myself with the prison bars of ill health.

      DATE:  2004 May 19

My physician has become warden of my medically imprisoned body, pharmaceuticals the bars on my cell.

      DATE:  2004 May 19

War blood is a scarlet stain of hatred.

      DATE:  2004 Oct 30

Life is a search for the key that opens your own door.

      DATE:  2004 Aug 1
      COMMENT:  but Time & Age keep changing the locks

“You know you’re an Arizona native, when…” —Don Dedera, 1993

… you were here before Marcos de Niza, Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, Eusebio Kino, Tubac, Brigham Young, James Gadsden, Jefferson Davis, Jack Swilling, and Phoenix!

      DATE:  2004 Sep 10
      NOTES:  Dedera put together a really funny book, despite my snark.

Art gallery? Who needs it? Look up at the swirling silver-lined clouds in the magnificent blue sky or at the silently blazing stars at midnight. How could indoor art be any more masterfully created than Earth's museum of nature?

      DATE:  2004 Mar 27
      NOTES:  revised

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Terri Guillemets
Archives — 2004

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