©Vince Pawless 2020

Consciousness is not a size, consciousness is not an amount. Consciousness is not a prize. Consciousness is not a load, consciousness is not a burden, consciousness is not by the pound, or kilogram. Consciousness is like a traffic signal, it always works. Consciousness is not difficult, consciousness does not require a learning curve, consciousness does not require understanding.

Consciousness has limits like vision, but consciousness can see way the hell out. Consciousness is dimensional, consciousness is a thrill. Consciousness is a dawn like a new day. Consciousness is the familiar, or common. Consciousness is a quality, consciousness is blurry, consciousness is clear. Consciousness is automatic. Consciousness is nowhere to be seen.

Consciousness will lead you to the well, consciousness will keep you out of the well. You won’t worry about consciousness, you won’t lose consciousness, often. You won’t find consciousness under the door mat, or in the closet. You won’t see consciousness in yer choice of toothpaste, or toilet tissue. Consciousness is a good thing to have if you are driving a car, or flying an airplane, or reentering the Earth’s atmosphere.

Consciousness is considered, you acknowledge consciousness, you are drawn to consciousness, yer confident in consciousness. You can pride yerself on consciousness, you can possess consciousness for all the world to see, you can admire consciousness. Plainly, consciousness is user friendly, and will plug and play on most models.

All you can do is be understanding
and look the other way.


©Vince Pawless 2020

I’m not a realist, not a romanticist, not a hero, not a politician, not a first draft, not a good deal, not a good source of the news. Not a leader, not a follower, not a company man, not here for the music. Not here for the lecture, not here for screaming seminar. Not a beginner, not an old timer, not a child, not an also ran. Not a wisher, not a dreamer, not a dead weight, not a standard, not a boys regular, not one size fits all.

Not convenient, not easy, not even like-able sometimes. Not civil, not civilized, not interested. Not willing to contribute, not washed behind my ears. Not eloquent, not together, not turned on, not on top of it. Not down in the engine room, not in attendance, not at the front of the class. Not ahead of the curve, not dependable, not in control, not able to see around the corner.

Not able to see what’s in front of me. Not able to think of anything new, not able to keep the ball in play. Not leading the pack, not bringing up the rear, not even in the ballpark, not out of the ballpark. Not the lady’s pet, not the singer in the band, not a flat picker, not the teacher’s fav. Maybe not a lot of brains, not a lot of enthusiasm, not a lot belief, not a lot of fantasy…not a lot of regrets. Naw man, not a lot of nothing. I’m Vince.

If the shoe fits, buy both.


©Vince Pawless 2020

The strength of strings. Strong ties, the strength of words to do good. Strong love, strength like a quality. Strong arm, strength like a muscle. Strong stare, strength is between yer ears. Strength is in yer mind. Strength is the mental state of being strong. Strength will keep you well, strength will help where you are weak. Strength like the state of being strong, strength like what it means to be strong. If you have stamina you have strength. If you have determination you have a strength. If you’re of mental power you have a strength. 

A weakness can be a strength, an ignorance can be a strength. There are no stupid strengths. Strength is shared, strength is supposed by others, strength is a rumor most times, strength is courageous, strength is power, strength is luck, strength is serendipity. Strength is theatre. Strength is more than one pair of eyeballs pointing in the same direction at the same time. Strength is an army…of smiles, of agreement, of teamwork, of concern for someone else, of the will of yer heart, of the will of the greater good, of the will of any good whatsoever, of the desire to be strong in the face of tyranny, of want to be greater in yerself than you have ever known. 

Strength is potency. The strength of the plea. The strength of the argument. Strength against force, strength against language that may not be yer cup of tea. Intensity is strength, the power to rise above is strength, show strength, advertise strength, super strength, lack of strength. The strength of numbers, the strength of ideas, the strength of music to heal, the strength of words to understand. The strength of words to just say No. The strength of character to go another way. The strength goodness gave a singing cricket. You can manage that, now can’t you? 

Get serious, reinvent the wheel.