working on the reverse domino effect


Hound dog howlin’
bullfrog croakin’
everything is broken
        — Bob Dylan

Sounds pessimistic…Is everything really broken?

I don’t know, but from what I’ve seen, I can say for certain: when one thing breaks, another thing will follow.


Broken people create broken families, broken families create broken communities, broken communities create a broken nation, and…

…a broken nation creates broken communities, families, and people.

It’s the domino effect.  Except, in this case, the dominoes run in both directions.

It pains me to see such brokenness.  But I have responded: this little domino is working to pick himself up and heal his breakage.  It’s my small contribution.  Or maybe it’s not so small.  Maybe by working in this way, we can create a reverse domino effect.

© 2016, Michael R. Patton
sky rope poetry: a blog


About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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