My Inner Critic is a Pain in the Neck

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She gets my attention by pinching my neck.
“See, you are hurting yourself, and for what, no one cares. Why draw and paint faces or dogs and cats with funny ears and imperfect eyes? Why write these words and post to a blog that no one sees? Why do you do it? ”
I look at my funny cat drawing, and I tell her.
“Because it makes me happy.”

Copyright 2018 Susan Stone

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​Saved From Nothing To Say

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A message on my watch,
saved from nothing to say.
So we will eat eggs and toast,
and enjoy another cup of joe.
I’ll read this another day and
think why
these words when really,  I
had nothing to say.

Susan Stone copyright 2018

Happy New Year 2018

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Last year, next year,
same list year after year.
I’ll eat more broccoli,
and less chocolate and chips.

I’ll be kinder to strangers,
and more patience with family.
I’ll open my eyes to sunrises
and hear beauty in rain.

I’ll sing outside the shower
and paint with bright colors.
I’ll draw and write everyday
even when I have nothing to say.

2017 ends and 2018 begins,
I start this New Year,
with a heart brimming
with good intentions.

Susan Stone copyright 2018