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“Re-Unioned for Life” by Bill Kelly (Omak ‘69 -71)

Re-Unioned with Life

Bill Kelly (Omak ‘69 -71)


Yeah, I was there ’69 – ’71.

I went to teach but was taught:

how to play

when to be silent

innocent curiosity

radical simplicity

unflinching fairness

true fatigue

what to watch for

excitement of exploration

ridiculous optimism.


I was reunited with what had been

educated out of me by degrees:

my original spirit.


My passion released

burned away insulation

ruined me for sure, and

reunioned me with Life.






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