Truth, is

Truth is, I now understand why,

mom wanted me to color outside the lines,

of my Richie Rich coloring books

Truth is, her exhortations annoyed me,

I wanted perfection in the well defined boundaries,

and dreams of an affluent life

Truth is, her wisdom comes back to me,

repeatedly years after she’s been gone,

more so by something she said that was small, sometimes annoying to me,

like waxing on and off,

under the stern eye of Mr. Miyagi

Truth is, her words careen through time,

not diminished but strengthened by the years,

and while I must look at her photographs to remind me of her expression,

her words are always in my ear

Truth is, straying across the lines has lead me into uncharted territory,

wonderful and sometimes perilous,

and I muse while gazing on my path,

how perfectly boring my life would have been,

to have lived as Melville prophesied was the half lived life

Truth is, there is no greater courage than to continually live in the absence of the approval of others,

to live as the artist,

intent on the creativity rather than the artifact

Truth is, even great artists,

know the taste of their own mediocrity

Truth is, her words come to me when they are needed,

gentle reminders of paying attention,

grateful for the gift of I Am,

and words encouraging forgiveness,

when I succumb to doubt 

6 thoughts on “Truth, is

  1. rickpthomas says:

    Thank you Martta, and was as surprising to me that I found myself writing in the wee hours this morning 🙂 As they say, some words write themselves…

  2. Geof Garner says:

    I love this brilliant and beautiful tribute to your mom’s wisdom. She’s still with you. She must have been so proud of you, Ricker. You smart, talented, thoughtful, fun and funny friend. I really appreciate your kindness.

    Saturday Alix and I were driving to Troy’s son’s birthday party and saw you in SE Portland talking on your phone. We would have stopped but were hustling to get there.

    Does your daughter live nearby?

    You rule in such a judicious and fair way! Thanks for leading this board de facto awesemest style.

    Sent from my iPhone


    • rickpthomas says:

      Ha, yah she just moved from her old place on 49th & Salmon. Really cool place for them. And thanks for your comments…early morning inspiration 🙂 Love you too! R

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