know that i am vulnerable

to let you read inside this card
i made for you

unwrap and uncover:

this gift of a gentle memory
that warms me on cold days
when i think of you
(because i think of you)

and (kn)oh how i am vulnerable
how the innermost contents of this card
the words which i need not think
to say, but think often

are nails under my barefeet.

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This poem was published in the poetry anthology Collected Whispers from a contest I entered at poetry.com. I don’t recommend you enter a poetry contest on that site for if you win, you’ll end up buying your own publication for $50. However, if that is a fair price for you to pay by all means go ahead and enter. I do have a very nice book with my poem in it now – though I feel that poems are far more valuable in the folds of crumpled paper than bounded in fancy leather. You be the judge, the witness, the pidgeon sitting on the statue. Thanks and enjoy.

I am alive (and on youtube)

This just in: I am ending my break of non-posting. I have mustered up the energy to sit down and write. I don’t know how it is for you but for me it’s hard to sit down and write sometimes. Sometimes I want to write but the right words don’t come to mind, which is frustrating. Also, I’ve been busy with other things (Parkour, dodgeball, music) and actually haven’t even had the time to sit down and procrastinate. How crazy is that?

Anyways, I should let you know that I auditioned for Port Moody Idol. I didn’t make the semi-finals but I made friends with a lovely and kind family and also got to see my buddy Jeff Aitchison make it to the semi-finals. I’ve felt the love of those around me and also spread the feelings that are too big for one person to share alone. We need each other and that is the beautiful thing of life: When we reach for our dreams we benefit each other.

Have you heard of the Zachisphere? Well if you want to know, Zachishere! That is one true friend of mine. Not that I have false friends, but sometimes you meet people who are excellent at being friends and also hold a very dear spot to your life and heart. He’s one of them!

Now, I’ve got a family dinner and a Coldplay concert (tomorrow) to tend to.

Love,

IJL

PS: Here’s my Port Moody Idol audition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOiK4-IsDZk.