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COMPLACENCY KILLS

June 26, 2019

Warrior Writers to Release a New Chapbook at The Longfellow House in Cambridge, Summer 2019

Art and text is more available now than ever, thanks to this electric curtain between us. This particular digital amalgamation may soon shift in focus, change URLs or whatever. To stay connected to this effort, sign up to receive a digital copy of Complacency Kills.

Poem written by Craig Roberts during a Warrior Writers workshop in Bridgewater, MA, 2014

Poem written by Craig Roberts during a Warrior Writers workshop in Bridgewater, MA, 2014

The first print copies of Complacency Kills will be released at a reading (1730 hours) at The Longfellow House in Cambridge on June 26, 2019. Before the poet, Longfellow owned the house, General George Washington made it his base of operations during the siege of Boston in 1775. This will be Warrior Writers’ 5th annual reading. Email boston@warriorwriters.org for info.

This particular URL (warriorwriters.blog) exits to collate work from Warrior Writers workshops around the country, and to complement the many efforts of those in the Veteran Art Movement.

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Intention

By Liam Madden

Originally Published in The After Action Review by Warrior Writers, 2012

I desire to trust life
to cultivate my unique and needed gifts
Loving with abandon
I intend to weave a web of gifts into my community

I intend to create a healthy body that gracefully moves me
into sacred relationships with people and places
Laughing indulgently, feeding
an appetite an ocean wide

I intend to create a home
filled with friends and magical moments
of connection, fun and creativity
That will become the new routine

I intend to unpave streets and bring sunlight onto bare earth
to grow a city you could mistake for a garden
where working is mistaken for play
time abundant for passion and rest

I intend to create a bank of gratitude
an economy of gratitude
Circulating our sacred gifts
to our deepest needs

I intend to be happy on the journey
Instead of delaying my joy until the destination
experiencing life present and vibrantly alive
in the beautiful world we are creating

 

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