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I can be found most places as Jelyz or Jelyzabeth. Currently finding the strength to face my shadows and write! A little eclectic and happily zany, life can be beautiful. Write on!!

I was told growing up that anything proceeding the word ‘but’ in a sentence was negated. Actually, I believe the words were more along the lines of; don’t mean a damn. Who knows exactly, but memories dissolve and dilute with age.
Think about it. Take this sentence: “I love you, but you drive me crazy” and spin it. “You drive me crazy, but I love you”. You hear both sentences, but the meaning “I love you” gets lost in the first sentence. Emphasis is put on the ‘drive me crazy’ – it’s about me. I am annoyed and bothered by you. Whereas I believe ‘but I love you’; the subject to me isn’t so much me, but ‘you’ and the love I feel for you.
Now as a young parent, years ago, I taught my son this. And being the little shite that he was, I never got away with the negative intonation at the end of a sentence where I used ‘but’. Yet that went both ways and we learned to communicate the importance of a sentence part without the ‘but’.
Years later and adulthood impending, we still speak this way and ‘but?’ is now used as a question. Indicating that the listener hears but understands that the speaker may have a stronger feeling regarding the next half of the conversation.
So, please use ‘but’ sparingly. Think the order of your words. And sometimes we really do feel and mean “I love you but you’re driving me crazy”.

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But – conjunction 1a. except for the fact 1b. used after a negative 1c. without the concomitant that 1d. if not 2a. on the contrary 2c. with the exception of – used before a word often taken to be the subject of a clause.

“But.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/but. Accessed 17 Jul. 2020.

And I will love
Today forward
Yesterday backward
In the spit second
Of a minuscule

I will love

Though I don’t know you
I’ve not met you
I can’t know you
Though I do

And I will love
Today forward
Yesterday backward
In the spit second
Of a minuscule

I will love

It’s the fit of a shoe
The blink of an eye
The flaps of wings
Of a butterfly

And I will love
Today forward
Yesterday backward
In the spit second
Of a minuscule

I will love

When west meets east
And north turns south
As the worlds collide
An eternity is born

And I will love
Today forward
Yesterday backward
In the spit second
Of a minuscule

I will love

It’s two strangers in the night
Just passing by
And the hearts don’t match
Though I don’t know why

And I will love
Today forward
Yesterday backward
In the spit second
Of a minuscule

I will love

I’ve walked here before
I’ve walked down this road
Same story
With never a different end

And I will love
Today forward
Yesterday backward
In the spit second
Of a minuscule

I will love

And I’ll wait to the end
Wait to begin
Wait for the story
To unfold yet again

And I will love
Today forward
Yesterday backward
In the spit second
Of a minuscule

I will love

And I will love
No more

Oceans apart
I am here
And you are there

World spins on
Time moves forward
Life ages and shows

This time around
We are so close and so far
Once again I know

Oceans apart
So close
So near

But this time
This time
Age moves faster

Life moves slow
I am here
You are there

Distances oppressing
Time isn’t slowing
And though I am knowing

The mind knows
But the heart doesn’t care
Dreams are of hope

Oceans apart
The stars not aligning
The sun never spinning

Ideals, ideas
Hopes and dreams
Steps and drawbacks

It’s not what it seems
Mirrors and dreams
No more no less

Oceans apart
But I am here
And you are there

Twilight falls
Darkness is coming
In my arms
Safe you’ll be

Twilight falls
Daylight is coming
Don’t look back
I won’t let you see

Twilight falls
Darkness is coming
In my arms
Safe you’ll be

Twilight falls
Daylight is coming
Don’t look back
I can’t let you see

Twilight falls
Darkness is coming
In my arms
Safe you’ll be

Twilight falls
Daylight is coming
Don’t look back
You won’t see me

Don’t look back
I’ve set you free
Don’t look back
You won’t see me

Twilight falls
Darkness is coming
In your arms
Safe I’ll be

Twilight falls
Daylight is coming
I won’t look back
I cannot see

I won’t look back
Don’t let go of me
I won’t look back
I cannot see

(Honest note this is the background to something. But the something is elusive. Not writer’s block, but a ghost traipsing along the peripheral…)

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