Human history is punctuated with new faith systems rising from a catalyzing individual exploding onto the scene then settling into long, sustained religious dogma where it takes on a life of its own with little correlation to the precepts espoused by the founder…
Being deeply loved by someone gives strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~Lao Tzu At what point does the courage derived from being “In Love” cross the bridge and become an obsession, the needs of the self slaying the person desired?
I write to you and my tears are the ink. ~Jaume Cabré I was riding my bicycle on LSD, that’s the Lake Shore Drive trail, not the mind-expanding chemical though I do wonder at the mind-enhancing experience of riding LSD on LSD. Although, my mind does seem to elevate to higher planes during long rides […]
I, no longer young, Know what a kiss is worth. ~Mary Oliver What is a kiss worth? Ten bucks paid to a junkie prostitute with rotting teeth jonesing for a fix more accustomed to sucking and fucking than the intimacy of lip-smacking? Sixty thousand dollars when wrapped around the illusion of love perpetrated by a […]
America was conquered, but not discovered, the men who arrived with a religion to impose and dreams of gold never really knew where they were, and that this discovery is still taking place. ~Eduardo Galeano The above quote made little sense to me until I saw the concept in terms of a relationship with a […]
I can’t wrap my mind around people caring that much about me. ~America Ferrera I don’t feel lovable. It has been that way for as long as I can remember. I would prefer to think it is because others lack the fortitude to love a person as complicated as the twisted canyons one must navigate […]
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 […]
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 war his country asked of him convinced him war has no heroes. Only the dead. The cost of violence is always more violence. ~Glen Sorestad I am sick to death of the older generation the vast majority that never set foot in the military calling for war. It’s an easy call, a hypocritical call […]
I can chase you, and I can catch you, but there is nothing I can do to make you mine. ~Morrissey I have been grasping since the moment I was born for the breast holding life’s milk, suckling with all my strength for a few drops of the salty elixir sustaining life. It is a […]
Last night I dreamt that somebody loved me. No hope, no harm, just another false alarm. ~Morrissey I have a reoccurring nightmare that I am a lovable being, that someone finds me acceptable no matter the circumstances, that I am chosen until death do part, that I am fully known and still the other smiles […]
I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul. ~Bob Dylan It is not possible to love deeply, to give the heart without also giving the soul or one of the souls. Love is a total immersion project. A bodacious spelunking into unmapped, underwater water caves without a guiding light and only the soul […]
Though I have love for inside myself. It’s just that I don’t know how to use love. Sometimes it scratches like barbs. ~Clarice Lispector Intellectually, I understand that I am loved. I must be loved. How else could anyone tolerate my many idiosyncrasies and still chose to interact with me? However, I do not feel […]
It breaks my heart when I meet a person and learn they are hiding parts of themselves so the can appear to fit in. ~Unknown One of the greatest gifts I received from my parents, besides unconditional love, was their coaching to ensure we each bloomed into our own flower be it red or yellow […]
War and peace start in the human heart and whether the heart is open or whether that heart closes has global implications. ~Pema Chodron An open heart is at peace with the world. A closed heart is at war with itself. Peace outside the self reflects internal peace. War with the self manifests as ware […]
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. ~Carl Jung When I picture darkness, I think of my internal life, the place from which thoughts rise like smoke, thoughts cloaked in shadow, perfumed with evil.
As much as we like to stand out and consider ourselves individuals, at our core, we are herd animals that are biologically designed to find comfort when we feel like we belong to a group. ~Simon Sinek My preferred herd is prime, the prime number two. The only even prime number. The challenge with such […]
What do you see with blind eyes? ~Pablo Neruda I have two functioning eyes. Bent glass is needed for clarity, more near than far. Though the light is focused on the retina, I am blind to any light beyond the superficial.
My soul seemed as foul as smoke from burning cat hair. ~Kurt Vonnegut Evidence is mounting that my soul is a putrid cesspool whose stench drives people away destroying any phatic spackle that once created community.