Take These Roads, Please!


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And glad that I could travel both
And be two travelers
Because I’m schizophrenic.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And glad that I could travel both
And be two travelers
Because I’m schizophrenic.


~ Russ Allison Loar
Apologies to Robert Frost

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Thankful



There is no greater gift than the gift of a new day, 
and the health, sanity and freedom to make use of it.

~ Words and photograph by Russ Allison Loar

A Door Opens, A Door Closes


A door that was open,
Closes,
It fades into the wall,
Becomes the wall,
And you realize
You will never be
On the other side
Of that wall,
The other side
Where everything is different,
In the land of What Could Have Been.

Or maybe you walked through that door,
And then it closed,
Faded into the wall,
Became the wall,
And now you realize
You can never get back
To the other side
Of that wall,
The other side
Where everything was really okay after all,
Back in the land of Leave Well Enough Alone.

A door opens,
A door closes.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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Compromised


The people I am
Contend.

The adult disciplines the child,
The child disdains the adult,
One too wild and unrestrained,
The other too boring and slow.

The lover resents the married man
So predictably encased in rote and routine behaviors.
The married man rejects the lover
So impulsively surrendering reason to emotion.

So many people I’ve been,
All contesting for dominance,
Not one even slightly satisfied with the mandatory compromise
That is this single human being.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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