The Toll Taker

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Stoking the flames of our anxiety,
we tend to persist
in visualizing toll takers at
the Bridges to the Unknown
we must cross in life,
depicting them as
figures of sinister
and devious intent,
not of gentle
and loving concern

© 2016 Dennis Ference

Conspiracy

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I lay blame on a conspiracy
of past and future
for keeping me anxious,
alienated, and restless,
but in truth it is
my ego fears
that place a pall
over the present
where peace
patiently abides
and offers
a blessed
alliance.

© 2016 Dennis Ference