I have -site:stackoverflow.com automatically appended to all of my searches and now I'm close to getting fired.

A bit sad to see this instance's lack of activity (though even when I first joined, its heyday had already passed). Not even a single status on Gungor's current drama with the latest Liturgists episode.

Is there an instance you guys recommend? Something that is tight-knit, socially progressive, and religious/spiritual/mystical?

Phew, forgot this place existed

I've been off social media for years. Now with quarantine, I've missed the passive updates from friends.

I really dislike that Facebook/Twitter/etc still have all of the users. Very few of my friends made the switch.

It's impossible to change the habits of millions of people. Even with lives on the line, as is the case with covid-19, many are still adverse to any changes to their routines.

The only solution I see is govt regulation. But the US system is broke.

"Tell me when the end is nigh;
I'll sober up and come down in time."

- Zac Little off of his song "Pillar of Na"

PDA

If you don't mind, please keep your love away.
For my heart breaks from this public display.
You see, mine believes its love is lacking
So yours reminds mine of its walls cracking.

But if you do mind, that is just as well;
An out-of-reach heaven prepares you for hell
Where you're better off carving your disdain
Until there's only joy for another's gain.

depressing poem about a faltering faith 

You had my back,
But maybe you were only
Fulfilling a maintenance request.

'Cuz a wall was built.
It does its job, and you've done yours,
So now the carpenter must have left.

You are a social psychosis
Which we invent in our times of need.

A necessary neurosis
To cope with the imperfect lives we lead.

Even now,
As I shiver while the air thins and grows colder,
I swear,
I can feel your hand now resting on my shoulder.

(2/2)

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depressing poem about a faltering faith 

Where did you go?

I was told to follow, and so I followed,
But now it seems that I'm all alone.

Our footsteps have been washed away.
Leaving me without proof, or a path back home.

I looked away for just one moment,
Which is all it took for you to disappear.

Were you just an imaginary friend
Whom I outgrew over the years?

(1/2)

If there isn't another season of The Rising of the Shield Hero, I will be getting my own rage shield on.

So my town basically has only one ISP. And everything is down for a scheduled maintenance. That's understandable, but it proves how badly we'll need a decentralized internet.

Like, our ISP is pretty amazing and affordable. People can technically also choose Comcast/Xfinity, but there's absolutely no reason to, as their service pales in comparison.

And so for an hour, pretty much all services have grinded to a halt as they sit and wait for our centralized service to boot back up.

This one was heavily inspired by mewithoutYou's Torches Together.
---
Men are meant to move
Lest we wither and rot away
As we wade out in the ocean
In need of a crescent wave.

If you refuse to be moved,
You will sink like a stone.
But if you catch a wave,
You'll see you're not alone.

For we are all mostly water,
Each cell gasping for fresh air.
So why not splash into a wave?
We are waiting for you there.

I'm getting married in Dragon Quest V, and it's so Liturgical.

"Will [you love and cherish her], in sickness and in health, for as long as you both shall be resurrected from death in the church?"

I had some time before the open mic started this evening. A fellow poet commented on how they wished nature wouldn't be put on a pedestal in poetry, but instead follow the satirical-yet-almost-literal footsteps of Pablo Neruda's poems (and they sound great in English as well, so check out his Ode to a Tomato to get what I mean)

It's nothing close to any of Neruda's works of art, but I think it does a good job of expressing my fellow poet's frustration.

Made this for my pops today.

"Find a friend and stay close, and with a melting heart tell them whatever you're most ashamed of- Our parents have made so many mistakes, but may we forgive them and forgive ourselves." - Aaron Weiss

I found two lines I wrote ages ago and turned it into two stanzas. It still holds true to this day, though I can only see them once or twice a year now.
---
I'm not too good with faces,
But I've faced you for so long.
I know when your hair changes
And how much makeup you've got on.

When we're under too much pressure,
We protect each other from harm
For our bond will never sever
As we weather each other's storm.

Welp, accidentally taking the Express line is an excellent opportunity to practice mindfulness.

Poem about John 2:1-11 

The First of Signs
---
O, mother Mary,
Is your heart full of regret?

You let him know
The wine's run out,
But his time's not come just yet.

Or, mother Mary,
Is your heart now full of joy?

"He let me know
What will be done,
So servants, obey my boy."

Depression, anxiety, trauma, swearing 

I'm halfway through Lost Connections by Johann Hari. Which means all of the chapters about the causes of anxiety/depression. For the interested, here are my tl;dr's for them, though the whole book is worth it for the references, explanations, stories, etc that help let it all sink in. I also swear a good bit in this because it got me emotionally frustrated at modern society :/

bin.silentsilas.com/?fde09f9f1

@maz thank you for posting about this book.

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