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  • We are lions. We tell our stories from a place of personal pride, holding nothing back in our pursuit of the truth and a good story line. The best of us take our time, and “go for the kil” when a story is good and ready for prime-time. We seek quality, not quantity, in our story-telling. We roar stories that resonate from deep within our souls and reveal our pain and scars for all to see. Reveal the vulnerable soul within. We do not tell them for your approval, we tell them because this is what we do.

    Keep coming from that place from within. Keep telling the tales that resonate with authenticity. Be Lions, not Hyenas. A poem I have shared previously, that came to me when I was on the threshold of recovery, a premonition of what was to come. It resonates still today, 32 years later. I am no longer a poet as I was then, but it still applies to the story-teller.

    Poet to Reader

    I am here today, a product of the ages,
    Having studied the follies of fools,
    The wisdom of the sages…

    I come to you equipped with words that I have learned,
    Drawn from experience I have gathered
    Through errors deeply burned…

    Emotion, hand and pen unite with thought and inspiration,
    Duty brings me to this blank page,
    To fill with realization…

    The risk lies in revealing a vulnerable soul within;
    The goal – to reach the untouched ceiling
    Of a dream, once but a whim…

    Read my thoughts, but listen to the voice they stir inside;
    For that is what you’ll take home with you,
    My words just passing guides…

    Time to go hunt down my next tale to tell. Later, lions!
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