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Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. ~Rumi Was I ever clever? My head is filled with facts, most useless in everyday situations. I used to think facts made me intelligent, approaching clever until the modern computer awoke with more facts at faster retrieval than I can comprehend than I could even if I spent the […]
Old myths, like languages Grow legs and wander away. ~Roger Moore I oft wonder what happened to the Gods of ancient days? Did the masons carving their images trap them in the monoliths? Did unrequited love turn them into stone with the final breaths of their devoted?
She looked pained in her sleep. Was the pain inflicted by a bad dream or fear, upon waking, the nightmare would begin? ~David Olson Her lungs heave and hollow in long, rhythmical waves, cresting, falling in equal measure but different rates. The tide rises and falls at the behest of the moon seeking to kiss […]
Being equal is not the goal. Appreciation of differences is the goal. It is the differences that make us dynamic and interesting. ~??? It’s taken me more time than I like to admit but I am finally existing in a space where I can see beyond my predisposed tendencies and appreciate diversity for diversities sake. […]
We are all on a hero’s journey. ~Joseph Campbell Life is born of struggle and struggle we do unto the grave. From the moment we are squeezed from the narrow tunnel like a zit released that sprays onto the mirror until we struggle with our last breaths and the final trapped in our lungs. No […]
We tend to see A person In the moment Not As the journey They traveled to get here. ~Kat Lehmann In the moment, there is no history, no herstory, no future story, no shining sun, no reflective moon. In the moment, there is only the present, the instant now, a locus divorced from pre and […]
I can only imagine how quickly the Founding Fathers turned in their graves at the antics of Megan Rapinoe, Colin Kaepernick, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the many others protesting during the raising of Old Glory, during the anthem honoring the Stars and Bars, at the hoisting of the Red, White, and Blue.
Hummingbird flitters and squeaks Brazenly buzzing the back porch, Giving important news Too rapidly to be understood. ~Gregg Valenzuela 6, 7, 8, and more ratty layers of tights and sweats smoothed precisely, one at a time, so there are no wrinkles each tucked into LL Bean boot knockoffs splitting at the seams on a muggy […]
Everything and every place that reminds any person of the Spirit is sacred! That’s what the mesas told me, while the sun heated the wind that blew off the desert and the Hopis sat in the shade waiting for customers. ~Gregg Valenzuela I oft fear, by not living in the desert Southwest, I am cheating […]
What we learn from history is to repeat it, build upon its cruelty shape and tailor its brutality for new systems ~Remi Kanazi If man/woman were truly intelligent, we would build futures on elevated platforms of lessons learned. It would include building on the positive, changing direction on the negative, leveraging both into a constructive […]
I would rather be labeled An angry brown poet Than be an apathetic American Who turned away just long enough To never actually have to give a damn. ~Remi Kanazi I am continually flabbergasted at America’s preposterous claim to be a Christian nation. The hypocrisy…one of many perpetrated by self-proclaimed followers of Christ…building a barrier […]
How much strength does it take to climb atop the world and not give a damn? ~Remi Kanazi I have been climbing the mountain for 58 years and still the summit is beyond my ability to grasp intellectually, emotionally, physically, spiritually. Or, it may be that I have blindly crested the summit and am in […]
The skeleton of a snake picked clean by a shrike hangs from a fence post as a necklace of bones. ~Terry Tempest Williams My writings are a collection of bones discovered while traipsing through sinuous hidden cañons so narrow and deep the sun touches the soul but a few minutes each day and then, if […]
Landscape is what keeps me sane in a world that would have me believe that I am mad. ~Terry Tempest Williams Landscape may not keep me sane, I hope to never be completely sane, but it does keep me dreaming. Not just any landscape. Forests…meh. Mountains…nice to view as a beacon on the horizon from […]
Sometimes when we love someone and they are hurting and in ain, we are sure that if we could just find “one magic word” we could make it all better for them. ~Jody Williams I woke up this morning completely naked, exposed, vulnerable yet I was still swaddled in my sleep clothing. It was my […]
Time exists in order that everything doesn’t happen at once. Space exists so that it doesn’t all happen to you. ~Carlos Fuentes The only place time and space cease to exist is inside a singularity, a black hole. Unbounded by stretching time, confined by zero space all events occur simultaneously in the exact same null […]
I hear someone who follows me, sobbing to me With a sad voice rotted by time. ~Pablo Neruda Whenever my mind travels, and it travels frequently, I sense a parallel presence sashaying in time with my mental opusculums. It is an agitation awakening dormant sepia shadows, a pickle invading a cabbage patch, a persona non […]
What is it about stones in a wash, on a beach, by a river that draws us down to pick one up and carry it home as a talisman? ~Terry Tempest Williams I am a collector of stones. When I walk in wilderness, my eyes scan the ground like a dog sniffs out piss or […]
In Hinduism, evil is a spirit that needs help. Viewing evil as a spirit needing help, or a sick spirit as in the eyes of the Navajo, begets a different coping method than the Christian mentality viewing evil as an entity to be punished. The former leads to seeking ways to heal the afflicted conjuring […]
The great pandemic of our time is comfort that we believe we are entitled to be comfortable. Meaningful things rarely happen in the comfort zone. ~Brené Brown It feels strange to bridge the concept of comfort across the flowing river of life and landing in a space called pandemic. Pandemic screams disease, screams physical hell, […]