Picture Frame

As it rests in suspended stillness, I momentarily question my physical reality. As I block out the constant noise with two pointed fingers, I voluntarily question my artistic sanity. The second-hand unwinds deep inside as the memory immediately triggers my expanding mind. Two corners show shadows from a light uncovered by an intermediate shade misunderstood by... Continue Reading →

Responsive Action

"Action is not a physical motion but the response to your thoughts." - Topher Pike Taking action is not possible if you do not produce a thought to proceed with movement. Before your body can move, your mind must make the decision that it’s the right step to take. Once you have an inspired thought... Continue Reading →

Take Me

The cursor blinks as I wait for the words to find me. Let me be the one who can find the precise words to slide away from the would be. Together we will fly and find a way to shine above the ominous clouds. I don't know, and I don't care because I know you... Continue Reading →

Buried Alive

I cannot comprehend how you continuingly surface when I have buried you so many times. Your disguise has many protective masks as you rise to reprise the confused existence that multiplies my delusions counterclockwise. I continue to improvise and devise plans to bury you alive, but with every quick blow I mobilize, I continue to be paralyzed from... Continue Reading →

Continuous Progression

"Growing isn’t just about the end result; it starts with small steps and daily progress. Make progress every day, and your direction will become clearer." - Topher Pike Always focus on the end result of the vision and dreams you are looking to create. You need to spend an extraordinary amount of time envisioning your... Continue Reading →

Habitual Change

"Change your daily habits to give your mind the freedom to create." - Topher Pike Your daily habits need to adjust if you are ready for change. You cannot continue to do the same things you do today and expect different results. If you are really looking to change your circumstances, you need to reshape... Continue Reading →

Simple Touch

My clenched hands sit deep in my pocket, but I reach. My entire body sways back and forth, but I reach. My wide eyes close slowly, but I reach. Each creative thought that passes is extended and captured before I can touch. I can feel it coming, but my unseen hands cannot feel beyond the... Continue Reading →

Advanced Prototype

"Don’t invent a new mousetrap; create a new mouse." - Topher Pike Throughout my life, I have spent many business meetings talking about mousetraps and widgets. If you can create a superior product, you have the beginnings of a fortune. What if that product was you? What if you could create a version of yourself... Continue Reading →

Paint by Numbers

As I try to identify the colors, I stop. I do not see the colors presented to me. Painting by numbers should be immediate I think. I stop and contemplate what I said. I stop and take a drink and think why should I pick up a paintbrush and paint a color that has been given... Continue Reading →

Peaceful Chaos

While the car shakes uncontrollably in a moment of vehement frustration, I can help but mirror its lifeless destination. I slam my hands together in a violent rage as I release control of every instinct that is keeping me protected. I know I shouldn't let go, but I can't restrain from letting my unrehearsed emotions take... Continue Reading →

Colorful Frequencies

"If the story of your life is in black and white, change the frequency, and experience life in color." - Topher Pike We all tell ourselves the perfect story to justify the lives we live. A perfect and presentable description of why we cannot have the lives we want. The more you tell this story,... Continue Reading →

The Playwright

The reddish lights are luminously evident as the darkness surrounding tells its own threatening story. As I carefully watch in denial, I can't help but think who created this anticipatory ending. As the final scene concludes I can't help but think what sane man would write such a horrific ending that precludes the possibility of glory. The... Continue Reading →

Round 1

As I awaken from my deepest darkened sleep I think and rethink should I turn over once more or invest in infinite ink. I hear the ringing of a bell as my mind shifts back and forth from reality. I hear him counting one, two, three as the chant of normality disgust me to move from... Continue Reading →

Sophia’s Dreams

Dear Sophia, My greatest goal in life is to provide for our family and guide you to a life you deserve. I will not let you waste the precious time you have. I promise that you will be fully equipped to take on a world that will try to crush your hopes and dreams with... Continue Reading →

Potato Tree

How is it you stood before me when your seed was planted before I could see. Out of the debris, you have risen waiting for the perfect time to be. There is familiarity all around you, but your birth is so unique. Each branch extended provides the answer I seek. I did not place you in the... Continue Reading →

Gratitude is the Foundation

If you are a young parent looking to teach your child about the most important things in life or a seasoned vet looking to put your child on the right path, gratitude is always the foundation. Gratitude is the basis for everything that is great in life and should be the first brick you lay... Continue Reading →

Motionless Rainfall

The trees they do not move, and the flowers stand still in amazement as the rainfall beats louder and louder. Do they know something I do not? The single blade of grass I quickly notice has no purpose but to find one single drop. As I stare into nothingness, I can't help but feel everything. The landscape... Continue Reading →

God’s Image

God created man in His own image. I have heard this so many times over my lifetime. From my days of being forced to sit in Sunday school to the numerous times, I attended church on those rare special occasions. I have even heard this statement over the thousands of hours of TV I have... Continue Reading →

Infectious Growth

"The light that shines within doesn’t have to stay within." - Topher Pike We all have a dream in life that creates an attitude of success that is infectious to anyone who comes into our presence. When we talk about this dream, our passion oozes out of our subconscious with ease. It is never forced... Continue Reading →

Changing Worlds

"Never try to change a world you don’t understand. Change yourself, and your world will change with you." - Topher Pike Never attempt to understand the world you live in today. There are so many phenomena you cannot explain, and there are moments that make you wonder why the world constantly conspires against you. You... Continue Reading →

Forever Young

Welcome to the world Oliver Donald Pike. As the cold summer rain falls uncontrollably underneath my feet I stand in a moment of silent reflection. Reluctantly I resisted your arrival, but the reflection that lies in front of my eyes provides another moment of silent contemplation. Your innocence and peacefulness provide a strength underneath a weakness in... Continue Reading →

Love of Family

A poem written for my late Grandfather after his death to give him a voice through my words. This is the Poem that gave birth to my book Poetic Contemplation. Today as I peacefully rest, I am not alone. Tonight, as I gently rise, I am not seeking peace. I do not find peace on my... Continue Reading →

The Word of the Lord

I believe in the word of the Lord. It’s a powerful statement but what does it really mean? What does it mean to you? Does it give you a vision of an old man sitting on a cloud twisting his silver beard? Do you picture some ghost-like figure sitting on his thrown giving you instructions... Continue Reading →

My Future Self

I found this letter I wrote a few months ago and thought I would share. Shortly before I wrote this letter, I created a goals list of some big and small things I want to accomplish over the next 5 years. Writing a letter to myself from the future was on this list, and I... Continue Reading →

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