missing vocabulary

Men  would  have  loved  better  if  they  could  read   the   minds

of women and  women  could  have  loved  better  if  they  could

understand  the  ways  of  men   but   that   all   said,  this  world

would be a sad place if words like skirmish, misunderstanding,

jealousy and anticipation are all  missing  from  our  vocabulary.

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intermediary

My dad was a  Taoist but my  mom buried  him  a  Buddhist.

My mom was a  Buddhist but my sis buried her a  Christian.

And  as  if   that  is  not  complicated  enough,  I   have    had

dreams of  related  and  unrelated  souls  asking  for  favors

during our  ‘Cheng Beng  Season’  (Chinese All Souls Day)

which I appease after  much  discernment  though  I  am  no

Buddhist nor Taoist.  I lead a life of kindness and fervour but

how I wish those souls do not seek me out nor  root  me  as

their intermediary between earth and nowhere.

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