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The Knew Kid

Who Knows . . .

I needed a moment to just wander and roam,
A break from the chaos, a break from the phone.
I needed a moment to just clear my head,
This year had been heavy, a constant of dread.

So, I took off my lunch break and made my escape,
From the computer that I had now come to hate.
My soul felt amiss, a disconnect from my life.
My dreams were now fading, my hopes now in strife.

I was beginning to think no one could compare,
With the pain I was holding, don’t break, don’t you dare.
I walked out the door knowing just where I would go,
The zoo was the place I knew my heart still would know.

So I walked these paths looking for what, I’ve no clue,
But then walked by this kid who said here’s looking at you.
I stopped and turned with a pull unexplained,
To see this goat looking back like he knew all my pain.

I stood on the sidewalk as crowds passed me by,
Watching him watch me, face to face, eye to eye.
He looked at me knowingly as if that could be,
Shaking my head, I confirmed that’s crazy.

How could this goat, one I’ve never seen,
Know anything at all about human me.
Man, I have lost it to think such a thing,
That this animal knows what burdens I bring.

I shook it off again and started to go,
Yet still wondered what truths the animals know.

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Just a Thought

This fun piece was dreamed up in response to a picture prompt flash fiction challenge from my friend, Jimmie Bise. His Friday challenges were to be presented under 250 words, yet I always aimed for 250 words exactly. I bumped the difficulty up by chasing poetry over prose.

This collection of stanzas also encapsulates my fascinations with word play, while still bringing a real element to the table. The places our imagination goes when we are burnt out on work. Enjoy!

My Favorite Heartbeats

Just for You

“Look at animals kindly and they will see; talk to animals gently and they will listen.”
~ A. D. Williams


Shannon Leach is a slice-of-life encouragement writer and the owner of A Repurposed Heart and ARH Inspirations. Her authentic stories and books about leadership, life, and loving people focus on encouraging others and reminding them they are not alone. Her work can also be found in Guideposts and multiple Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and is the co-founder of the nonprofit The Fostered Gift.

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