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· A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling

Short Stories
· The Black Widow Warrior, Chapter One, Combat Poets of Maya

· The Calling

· Finding the Right Critique Group

· Bringing the Dead to Life, Notes on Twilight

· Low Cost Book Publicity

· Writing a Novel With a Stuck Main Character

· Stories and Feelings

· Movies as Healing Journeys

· A Hearty Affair

· Ode To Invisibility

· Woman in Blue on Floor

· The Deadly Sheep

· Looking Back

· The One-Upspersonship Parade

· How Is It?

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  The Parade of Life
by Bill Johnson
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Rated "PG13" by the Author.

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The Parade of Life

 We all march at the head of a wonderful parade

of friends out of touch

notes from lovers we no longer see

friends and relatives who've died.

Everyone's parade has a few cages

of repressed feelings roaring in torment

over visions of things we desired but never sought.

Other parades feature cages of moaning feelings

mourning things we regret, or lost.

But still, no matter how many dark cages we pull in our parades

how we still love to lead them

that so few of us are willing to leave our own

and join anothers.

Who wants to be the clown

in someone else's flea-bitten circus?

Who wants to clean up after someone else's

elephant memories of a miserable childhood?

Yes, how we all love a parade.

Give us a few dead friends

a couple of doomed relationships

and we can walk the souls off our shoes

with a smile on our face

as we hurry forward in our haste,

so no one else will win the parade-of-life race.  



Bill Johnson is the author of A Story is a Promise and The Spirit of Storytelling, a writing workbook. He is also the web master of, a web site that explores principles of storytelling through reviews of popular movies, books and plays. Spirit is now available on Amazon Kindle,

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Reviewed by Sue Hess 12/16/2004
whoa...this is pretty interesting...i especially liked the souls of our shoes...whether intentional or a typo, the concept is great
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 12/16/2004
absolute truth. No matter how hectic and involved our parade is, we wouldn't trade it for any other.
Grand message.


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A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling

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  1. Life and a Love
  2. Australian storm
  3. in honor of
  4. Blue Morpho
  5. I'm So Happy
  6. Water Baby
  7. Learning Experence
  8. For Emily
  9. Free Spirit
  10. I Wish I Could Tell You...
  11. Love It or Leave It !
  12. Traveler's Lament
  13. Defeat
  14. Your Own Nuclear Power
  15. My Scars
  16. His Queen
  17. Woodsmoke and Possibility....
  18. Morning Thoughts
  19. Memorial Day
  20. Springtime Breeze

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