Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #812 – PLACE SETTING FOR ONE



As I walk, I am always seeing, finding strayed objects. Most have been far removed from their intended purpose and place. They are beat up. Abused and flattened, far from what they were supposed to be.

Some lay crushed in the road, others are walking on two legs.

What are you leaving behind?

“We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.” Dakota proverb

monos en theos…†…jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #230


It is lying all around me,
Shattered into useless pieces of glass
That could now rip my unprotected feet.
It was the glass castle in which I lived
As fairy princess and heroine in shining armor,
Ready and able to rescue all in need.
It was my fragile fantasy,
Designed to protect me from the searing pain
Of having never been rescued
From my own unspeakable distress.
But an invited guest came
And rammed my castle doors, besieged my walls
And shattered my glass defense.
And so, what I once thought of as my castle grand
Is now nothing more than unrecognizable jagged pieces,
And here I stand, exposed and stunned.
It is mine now, not to gather,
But to leave these shattered remains.
It is mine to find a way to live without this illusion.
It is mine to learn to be the peasant child that I am,
Bereft of shining armor and magic wand.
But all I can see at this moment
Are the broken pieces of my shattered castle walls,
And all I can do is weep.
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Keep an eye on your reflection on your journey†nada te turbe††jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #67

I know, it’s just a child’s old lead toy, but to me it shows that no matter how bow-legged or tough a cowboy you might be, someday, someone might knock off your hat and if you ain’t careful, your head will go with it. Plus, they might even take your horse……enjoynade te turbe…..jim