Wearing Masks

What hides behind the smiles?
The vacant staring eyes?
Aren’t we tired, so tired,
of wearing masks?
We stare into the mirror and
what do we see looking back at us?
There living inside we see the mystery,
of the imposter who we do not trust.
The eternal fight rages ever on,
to be who we were created to be.
An endless war wages in our brains,
could we be more than what we believe?
We must stand firm and unafraid,
for we are not meant to be fools.
We toss away the sweetest poison,
of false truths and the ridicule.
We have a destiny and a mission,
a path less traveled that beckons us there.
We must rise like a phoenix from the ashes,
knowing we are not the disguises we wear.
What hides behind the smiles?
The vacant staring eyes?
Aren’t we ready, so ready,
to take off the masks?

~Mark Schutter ©2016

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This poem was inspired by my hope that in 2017 I can continue to remove some of the many masks I wear that hide me from others. To be more authentic and real, more vulnerable and accepting, of myself and others. To not live under the shadows others expectations. My wife and I have decided that 2017 will be a year of preparation for us. Preparing our hearts, minds and bodies for the future of all that is good and available to us each day. Now, I leave the ball in your court, how will you live in 2017?

Happy New Year 2017!

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The End of Summer Fun!?

Roy Pioneer Rodeo – September 2015

Two short videos from the Roy Pioneer Rodeo in Roy, Washington over Labor Day Weekend here in the Pacific Northwest.  The video above was edited by me using the smart phone app Magisto. The video below was compiled by Google photos from my video collection.

Do you have a favorite? We enjoyed a great afternoon at the rodeo as summer starts to wane into autumn. What fun have you had lately?

“Don’t be afraid to go after what you want to do, and what you want to be.
But don’t be afraid to be willing to pay the price.” ~Lane Frost

“If you haven’t fallen off a horse…then you haven’t been ridin’ long enough.”

“Dropping into the Void” – The Video

A short video created using the phone app Magisto from pictures I took during a mountain bike ride last weekend. Accompanied by a bit of micropoetry below, edited and revised from an earlier post. Hope you enjoy! Now get outside, breathe the air and enjoy our beautiful world.

Dropping into the void
The end unseen

Floating the dusty slide
Dirt washes clean

Sojourn to forgotten places
Rocking the routine

~Mark Schutter ©2015

The Championship Ride

A short video of my daughter’s Championship Ride in the English Hunter Walk/Trot Class of the Daffodil All Arabian Show sponsored by the Daffodil Arabian Horse Association of Washington earlier this year.  She is riding a Spanish Arabian horse named Rico owned by Josie Gillespie of Gillespie Performance Horses. This video was created and edited using the app Magisto. Enjoy and thanks for watching! ~M

Heat Miser

Heat Miser
I’m Mister Green Christmas
I’m Mister Sun
I’m Mister Heat Blister
I’m Mister Hundred and One
They call me Heat Miser,
What ever I touch
Starts to melt in my clutch
I’m too much!
Mister Green Christmas
He’s Mister Sun
He’s Mister Heat Blister
He’s Mister Hundred and One
They call me Heat Miser,
What ever I touch
Starts to melt in my clutch
He’s too much!
Thank you!
I never want to see a day
That’s under sixty degrees
I’d rather have it eighty,
Ninety, one hundred degrees!
Oh, some like it hot, but I like it
REALLY hot! Hee hee!
He’s Mister Green Christmas
He’s Mister Sun
Sing it!
He’s Mister Heat Blister
He’s Mister Hundred and One
They call me Heat Miser,
What ever I touch
Starts to melt in my clutch
I’m too much!
Too Much!

A Tribute to an Old Friend

This is a 16×24 ink wash and crayon drawing
of our previous dog Shilo.  (Mark Schutter ©2013)

Remembering an old friend who died many years ago in the spring 1997 at the old age of 14.  A collie / shepherd mix she was a one of a kind treasure of a dog.  She literally saved my life, but that is a story I will tell in another blog at another time.

She was with us through our entire marriage and unfortunately was only around for a short two and one half years after our daughter was born so they barely got to know each other. She was loving, loyal, a true companion and a trusted friend.  She was always with us on many trips all over the Northwest from the mountains (in bear country) to the sea and she always was a protector and a source of joy! She loved the beach but was not to fond of the water. 🙂  We miss you Shilo!

This is the photo that was the inspiration for the drawing of Shilo in her usual spot in the back of the pickup, we could never leave home without her!

A couple of years after she died I created this video tribute below and posted it to my YouTube channel, “Shilo, With the Dawn”