Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Irish Dreams - Three Word Wednesday

On Wednesdays Thom posts his blog as a creative prompt for writers of any short piece that may suit including the three words he chooses to offer. This week the words are: Alive, Glaring, and Misty.

Go to Three Word Wednesday to see the collection of writers and their creative offerings by following any item on the Mr. Linky list posted there you like.

Irish Dreams

Don't get all misty
on me with your sweet blonde curls
and your shining eyes
blue beyond all blue.
I remember you glaring
just the other day
because my dreamtime
is rich and alive with song
and words and red head
step dance in shiny
black shoes that actually
fit my gnarly feet.

December 17, 2014 10:19 AM

What To Do Next

Jesus in the Middle East is reported to have said the whole of the Law is summed up in whole hearted love for God and for all people in specific one on one. I understand this to not mean some form of overarching love for mankind but instead for each woman as lover/mother/sister/daughter/friend and each man as lover/father/brother/son/friend. This is no less than a demand, love of God because He commands it, and of men and women because they are in some way each by each perfect images of God and so deserve it.

In Asia Buddhism became the dominant cross cultural spirituality. In Buddhism it is claimed that it is possible to become truly free of illusion and distress, only that at some point along the Way Out one reaches a viewpoint that may stop one from going the rest of the way because if we all don't go to freedom then the few who go are incomplete anyway. So some stop and turn back as Bodhisattvas to assist the rest, first to alleviate suffering so far as is possible and second to help leverage the whole world beyond suffering, which can only be done one by one just the same as Jesus would have us love one another, one by one.

To put a finer point on it, not all Buddhists agree that this is the path but all Buddhist do agree that it can be the path. Theravada adherents say that this whole process can't really be affected that much so it is better to just tend your own garden. Mahayana Buddhists believe that it gives one merit to yearn for the Bodhisattva path or to support it in some way. These Buddhists are far in the majority. Mahayana translates as the Greater Way.

So the Christians devote to loving and embracing each by each and the Buddhists hold the world each by each in a compassionate embrace. That's the start of it. There is much more in both the paths. And both paths require a radical form of discipline in the purest manifestations of this starting point.

In both cases the person who does the loving is no longer an ordinary person but is instead transformed by disciplines of love or compassion. The early Christians referred to each other by the term "Saint" referring to just this change of state. They believed (and most Christians still believe at least by church creed) that this change of state is not possible without the assistance of the Christ. And as already mentioned, the Buddhist version is the Bodhisattva. Otherwise this task of loving completely is not possible. The process by which such a transformation can occur can be called "Opening".

What To Do Next

You don't have to be
good or kind or anything
nor have to be saved
unless you want to.
You do have to breathe and bathe
and reach true accord
with all that it is
and then open - permit me
us Him Her Them in.
The good kind other
things help us open, just that,
tools for opening.

October 25, 2010 12:48 PM

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It's All Practice

It's All Practice

The clock clamps me down
in all those small ways I hate
and it's like I must
            do the dishes again
today just the same. Brother,
me too - just like you,
I sometimes place work
of second rank, then I find
            you all praise this stuff
to my confusion,
so it's very good to know
it doesn't belong
to me but to my
            open hand.

October 25, 2010 4:31 AM

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Tramp

The Tramp

If I lived naked
on the planet with only
an old tarp tied up
and I found you there
in your store, all those stories
for sale and all that
free fruit (I believe
you about all the free fruit)
I would sit and talk
but maybe not much
and maybe not of the pain
that brought me this far.

October 24, 2010 2:59 PM

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Space Opera 191 - Sunday Whirl

Wordle 191 offered by Brenda for this weeks Sunday Whirl. Go to the green Mr. Linky at the bottom to click through to the contributor list.

Space Opera 191

Your spacecraft killed all
thirteen angels God assigned
to hold the Moon's track.
That's why we renamed
it the Spinning Lunatic.
It was a tangle
at first, a loser
named the Flaming Endeavor
like it would dive down
past the photosphere
and there say a kind of Grace
which would spread the word
forever on ice
and all the rock beneath it,
stony cold planets.
Of course we all know
now that will never hold tread,
nor work no matter
what. That Moon's gonna
hit the Earth in three more days.
Kiss your ass goodbye!

‎December ‎14, ‎2014 10:59 AM

Just Politics - A Magpie Tale

Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville by Robert Doisneau, 1950. The setting is the square in front of the City Hotel, which is Paris' City Hall, seen in the background. Le baiser means the kiss. Sold to Life Magazine, this photo became an internationally recognised symbol of young love in Paris. The identity of the couple remained a mystery until 1992.

Photo chosen by Tess as a writing prompt for this week's The Mag You can click on the numbered links found there to see how other people responded.

Just Politics

Don't you look at me
with my book bag, my cardboard
case covered in false
leathery binding.
Wearing my beret, leaving
City Hall, I have
this effrontery,
this kiss in my face. Maybe
it takes the highlight
off me though, and soon
Paris' City Hall explodes
with our special gift.
My nine million francs
will get me by for a while
still. What has he got
I don't, the bastard?

‎December ‎14, ‎2014 8:40 AM

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Terrible Fate

Michael Douglas, eldest son of Kirk Douglas, has suffered from a form of cancer he described as throat cancer but was more accurately a cancer that attacked the back of his tongue, apparently. He underwent agressive treatment and has been pronounced clear for now. This is something remarkable because his cancer had such a high mortality rate. Many throat cancers have a high mortality. In 2013 Douglas remarked in an interview that some cancers like his develop from the human papilloma virus (HPV) found in vaginal secretions.

I just learned all this when I Googled "suffering throat cancer" looking for an image to accompany the poem. I did not know that Michael suffered throat cancer when I wrote this poem.

I have the opinion that most illness of any kind is sourced in issues of relationship or its lack. That may no longer be quite true in old age where physical malfunction is inevitable eventually. And yet. It may even in old age be true that what malfunctions and how much malfunctions may be sourced in one's relationship history. Throat cancer seems to relate to communication.

Heart disease is a no brainer connected to relationships. Hmmm. I have two kinds of heart disease - coronary artery disease and arrhythmia. Two kinds of relationship difficulties. Perhaps.

Coronary Artery disease = My heart is choked.
Arrhythmia = I am not a steady lover.

Equally likely - my lovers are choked off and not steady after a time.

A Terrible Fate

My love has sickened,
                     has become a throat cancer
which (choking my words
when I try to tell
you how much I cherish you)
                      stops my swallowing
motions, refusing
me essential sustenance.
It will perish, then
                      I will so I shall
                      wander off in my need of
another life soon.

October 24, 2010 6:40 AM

Thursday, December 11, 2014

By The Standing Stone-A Red Wolf Poem

By The Standing Stone

Behind me, you sit
so still I forget how it
starts and accept flocks
of crows as normal
for this time and conquered place
as the slatted chair
fades to the nothing
it must on this windy slope.
I stand bare footed
toes gripping the peat
as the wind takes small loose things
away from the front
past me, past my sight.
I think I see her below
but I am not sure.
I feel an absence
that may go on forever,
how it feels, like dust
or an occupied
land buried in black armies
and endless red tape.

(Note from the report of subject 1013:
mesmerized 11Dec1904)

‎December ‎11, ‎2014 11:14 AM

Written For Red Wolf Poems on this week's theme of going into trance. Click on the link to get instructions, read the comments and find links to other takes on the assignment. You will have to scroll down a ways to get the comments.

Red Wolf

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Mid-week Blues - Three Word Wednesday

This dog is caught head mid-shake which is sort of like mid-week. But at least if you are head shaking like that rotating your neck around from side to side you are not thinking much, not at that moment. You can test this. It's sort of like sneezing. Pretty much everything else comes to a stop.

Mid-week Blues

Been quite a morning
what with all the nostalgia
flooding the entire
basement to my knees.

Wrote down history and broke
into tears at least

I'm not all blunt
not these days - nor am I drunk.
I admit to this:
I am lethargic
and I can't keep up with you
as you dart about.

December 10, 2014 10:33 AM

Written for Thom's Three Word Wednesday. Click on the link to reach the blog site and the contributors' links.
This week's words:
Blunt; Drunk; Lethargic.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I Cannot Name It

A post apocalyptic poem but possibly it is a metaphor. It is after all a poem and poems are often metaphorical. And me. I often write metaphorically. So I suppose I can leave it to you. Is this a bad marriage or some other issue or is it really taking place as a poetic survival in a ruined world?

The trouble here is, while I like metaphor and write tons of poetry, I also am a lifelong reader and science fiction of all types has been in my bookshelves. If I would have kept all my books from lifelong, a significant portion, more than 30% I think, would comprise science fiction section. I have culled my shelves several times and at a couple points the SF disappeared.

Note the date. That was a Saturday. I wrote this all right but I have no idea what was going on at that time and whether this poem is pure story or instead somehow related to my life. One piece of it is for sure, I had no partner in 2010. I was living alone. I was, however, still working. I have since retired. Frequently poems like this first appeared in comments on other people's blogs. I don't keep track.

So metaphor or mini-story... Here it is, written over four years ago but first featured on this blog today...

I Cannot Name It

There is no shame in
the struggle to live even
in this last trash pit
dug to accept time
and its dribbling idiot
space filled with desire.

The dissembly began
in the last steep razored lines
we held to defend
any hermitage
we could find in those last days.

She said, medicine.
I said, truth telling.
God said nothing directly.
We just must go on.

October 23, 2010 7:39 AM

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Opus 190

Image provided by Tess for her Magpie Tales creative writing site, The Mag. There you will see the list of this week's contributors.

Wordle 190 from the Sunday Whirl, Brenda Warren's creative writing site. Click on the green "You're Next" to access the list of contributors.

Protogeneia (literally, Firstborn) was married to Locrus but Zeus kidnapped her and took her off to Arcadia, to Mount Maenalus where he got her with three or four children, one of whom was Opus.

Opus = Work as in "A Work of music or poetry." Opus, a male, is related etymologically to the feminine words opera and operate. Remarkably, then, a medical operation is related etymologically to a musical opus, an opera or a poem so named.

These days, as Wiki says: "In musical composition, the Opus number is the "work number" that is assigned to a composition, or to a set of compositions, to indicate the chronological order of the composer's production. Historically, although composers have inconsistently applied the opus number to their works, besides numeric cataloging, opus numbers are used to distinguish among compositions with similar titles."

Opus 190
(in which Zeus complains to Protogeneia)

Fried filet of trust
spread a green heat to degrease
your cast iron pan
on my deranged stove.
It left an ash crust I must

It will enflame
the rest of my days
like a red lined cape that's draped
on blood washed chains hung
from nails in my back.

Shall I exchange your dark browed
severity for
my own cleverness?

Or must I feign a journey
as I traipse along
the west boundary
of our soot streaked cave front home?

A haze lifts lazy
off the tonal strain
of this last composition
as I press sustain
with my cramped right foot,
crash the ebony clad keys
with both my bruised hands.

‎December 7, ‎2014 6:28 AM

Saturday, December 6, 2014

My Little Secret

My Little Secret
(I would never tell you)

I am not that brave
unless there is in me some
stranger ignorance
that does not permit
me to see the grit in me.

Long ago I fell
beneath my own harsh
view and told myself to hide
the truth of my fear
but to become fey
and so choose danger to serve
as my freaking foil.

October 21, 2010 12:47 PM

I bet I'm not the only one...

Friday, December 5, 2014

Bitter Powders

If you saw a similar display of my counter there would be mostly tablets.

Bitter Powders

Recently I lose
myself in the dozing mists
brought on by the pills
they make me take to
thin my coagulations.
I have too many
thicknesses, they say.
Sometimes I fight hard staying
awake at the edge
of my thickened life,
buried in bitter powders,
swimming in their grit.

October 20, 2010 1:10 PM

This poem comes from my real life. I take ten different drugs daily. I had a blocked artery that feeds my heart muscle. While it was not so blocked as to seriously damage my heart I did receive the angioplasty to clear the blockage and the stent to keep it clear. Ever since then, I have taken first three and now two blood pressure pills to keep my blood from clotting. I also take a dangerous anti-coagulant. Even though my cholesterol was always in the safe range, still I've been directed to take an anti-cholesterol pill, one of the dreaded statins. Because I have diabetes at a low level, I take metformin. And I suffer from BPH which gives me two more daily pills to help my plumbing out. I am grateful that pharmacy is there. I have no doubt the pills do the necessary things for me. I am not one who thinks I am over medicated. However, there are consequences. A certain amount of my energy has been lost to accomodating the foreign chemistry in my body.

You see, I had a different kind of heart event too, and now I live with irregular heart beats as well as veins which want to clog up even when my cholesterol is low. Both of these problems are sources of stroke.

I can't imagine risking the removal of the cholesterol pill because there is at least one site in my body that wants to build cholesterol clogs. The same with the anticoagulant which is by far the worst pill I take for side effects. I have turbulent blood flow that stagnates too because the atrial fibrillation does exactly that. I have had a bed side effect, losing sight in my left eye to a subretinal hemmhorage. But if I stop the anticoagulant I risk stroke which I am probably going to die of anyway but later rather than sooner if I take the anti-coagulant. Hobson's choice. One kind of stroke comes from blockage. Another kind from bleed.

My mother died of a massive bleed after a major blockage in her brain blood supply. I figure I am most likely to have that happen since I have followed my mother in so many ways.

The two prostate meds are absolutes in my life. If you have suffered blocked bladders as I have a few times you too will do most anything to avoid that issue. I have never had a urinary catheter I haven't hated after the first few moments, never had one that even worked that well.

The drs so far have made the heart meds essential because they know what happens without them. When they were driving my blood pressure down to its amazingly low present level which they think is fine it took three different types to do that. After a couple years I asked if I needed all three and they took one away. That worked but it obviously took all three to get it down.

Oh yes. I am forgetting the worst ones. The diuretics. Because my heart doesn't pump that well I get fluid backup in various locations. My lower legs and feet are the most noticeable and are uncomfortable but the worst is in the lung tissue and around the heart. I say the legs aren't so bad, but that is only if I don't get a wound. Any wound heals very slowly and may require hospitalization for infection. So daily I need to drain myself, forcing fluid out of me. This means organizing my life around bathrooms and cleanliness beyond anything I remember in my childhood and adult life.

Believe me, this is minor compared to the other ways elder life plays out for other people. I am rarely in severe pain and while no longer agile, I can still think and be creative. Best of all my fingers and hands still work fine. I get to keep my music and my poetry. So what if nighttime sleep is only a few hours and I depend on my daily naps. So what if I don't have much money. I don't need that much and the remaining stash is mainly for paying insurance and covering other catastrophic medical bills that may occur. I have animals in my life to fill out my emotional life and there are people in this house who matter to me and care about me.

I recommend getting at least a dozen years of living expenses for end of life. These days with extended life paths, more is better. If your life includes travel and stuff like that, even more than more is much better. Running out of money is not fun.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Dog Still Likes Me

This poem is spun off of Irene's Eugenia Sings A Song. Go there to see the original rough copy.

The Dog Still Likes Me

Things don’t go my way
at least not very often.

You move much too fast
for me at this point
in my raggedy andy
days. I’ve lost buttons
over this sloppy
old mess of mossy
blue stones and white slobbering
mouths and lolling tongues.

The dog swipes my face
no matter what’s next on tap
and it’s quite drunk out.

December 4, 2014 11:32 PM

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Junker - Three Word Wednesday

The Junker

Just how neglected
did you think I was, shambling
or how jubilant
could I ever be
driving your ancient blown out
piece of compact junk?

Piles of weird gritty
crumbles and flakes of what once
were colors get up
my nose with results
dripping in one expected
moment and stinging
in its aftermath.

You shame my former posture
of flash and contrast.
You keep me wrapped up
in your basement of worry,
your spidery web.

December 3, 2014 9:47 AM

Written this day for Thom's Three Word Wednesday, Week No. 404

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

At The Mirror

At The Mirror

I like my profile,
my three quarters, and my eyes
but full on is tough
to take and makes me
shiver at the sight of me.
I think it can't be
me, this slum, this fat
moon round yearning greedy soul
staring at my life.

October 18, 2010 12:51 PM

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Wave

Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry (November 7, 1828, La Roche-sur-Yon (Vendée) – January 17, 1886, Paris) was a French painter. Throughout his early period Baudry commonly selected mythological or fanciful subjects, one of the most noteworthy being The Pearl and the Wave (1862).

The Wave

I watched from the edge
as the sea took you from me
as if I had known
this would happen on this day,
this coiled day ready
to strike me, taking
me by striking you with ways
I don't understand,
and now I'll return
as if you had never been
mine no matter what
I might have thought while
loving you, while you touched me
and sent me flying.

October 18, 2010 12:29 PM

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Story Of The Coming Rain

Bond of Union by M. C. Escher, 1956
Chosen by Tess Kincaid for this week's Magpie Tales

Thanks, Tess

The Story Of The Coming Rain

A true bent harvest,
the dry skin of the rattle,
a secular breeze
in the time of need -
splendor scattered good seed
on the plain faced hope
of mean times.

Gaze on
this: we are peeled in the breeze
the depth of canvas,
gathering all spheres
we are able on these days
that tell the story
of the coming rain
and the going of the dust
that was inside us.

I feel like that guy
in some print by Escher, some
paring of true love
or other symbol strung out
like far too much dope.

‎November ‎30, ‎2014 9:36 AM

This poem was also written incorporating all twelve words in Brenda Warren's The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 189

Thanks, Brenda

At The Mag click on any name to proceed to the creative writing.
At The Sunday Whirl you have to click on the green to proceed to the list page. Then you click on any name to proceed to the creative writing.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Flight Schedule

photo of a Russian Gull by Alexei Mikhailov
Click on it for a larger view. Worth it.

The Flight Schedule

After all she tells
me how she mistrusts all words
and meter and lines
and rhythm and rhyme
and the smell of me as well
and how I sound when
declaiming to thousands
and would prefer me to turn
on this gravel road,
turn into a gull
dropping one feather white like,
one slip of young down
as I race on back
to the rocky slick coastline
of my long ago.

‎November ‎29, ‎2014 8:01 AM

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Wolf Hound - A Red Wolf Poem

The Wolf Hound
(for Stella, a very sweet girl)

The bad wolf retired,
became a hound, changed his sex,
became a bitch, learned to
wag, smile and learned cute
moves designed to please humans.

She grew curly black
hair frosted with white
but kept her strong barrel chest
and nimble long legs,
and taste for the chase,
mainly those squirrels she meets
in the parks.

She's found
a good home with stairs
and doors and three floors in all.

The other day she met
Red in the park but
Red failed to remember her,

Wolf gave a wide grin.

‎November ‎26, ‎2014 6:26 PM

Written For Red Wolf Poems on this week's theme of doing something with fairy tales. Click on the link to get instructions, read the comments and find links to other takes on the assignment. You will have to scroll up to get the instructions.

Red Wolf

The Argument - Three Word Wednesday

The Argument

I look on the crush
of distrsust I have just caused,
a muck slide of slop.
Confusion has swamped
any hopeful signature
and its blue ink smears
all across the page.
There is no more guarantee
I will ever find
your tolerant eyes
in any future I can
see from this cold swamp.
But life informs me,
again and again renewed.
Tomorrow's a new
day. You can't see past
the curve of our horizon
and it's rosy spell.

November 26, 2014 9:20 AM

Three Word Wednesday
This is week 403 on the 3WW site. This is my 1,884th posting on my blog. I began it on November 8, 2008 supported by my two friends, Walt of Eugene, downstate, and Robin Starfish of Idaho. I am grateful to them both still. Robin told me in his comment on my blog post that day that I would be looking back one day from my 500th post. I have gone somewhat further than that. It is somewhere around 312 weeks for me. Or in prison time, I am in my 73rd month of a life sentence LOL.

Each Wednesday Thom supplies his 3WW minions with three words to toy with. This week the words are:
Distrust; Hopeful; Tolerant.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Am I Worthy?

This picture of the park on the bluff was taken looking north in winter, 2011. It was taken just before the final closure of the Blue Heron papermill seen below the bluff and on the Willamette River side of the railways. The leftmost pairs of tracks were laid to service the mill, delivering raw wood chips and possibly chemicals and such at one time. In the last decades of operation however, most if not all incoming and outgoing traffic was by truck. The main gate opens directly onto the main street of the downtown part of Oregon City but the first crossroads is a main highway leading toward the interstate arterial and Portland in one direction and heading south downstate toward Salem in the other.

The bluff is a favorite walk because of its vantage points on the riverside of town and industry below and across the river. It gives several very good views of Willamette Falls. At the south end of the bluff there is also a walking bridge across the main highway, a walk leading to a primary highway viewpoint set up for gazing on the panorama of the Willamette Falls, the industry and the downtown of Oregon City beyond. Downstream (north) are the two bridges, the original Oregon City Bridge and further downstream the much newer Interstate bridge.

I lived for twenty years in a tiny house in what was once a town for the mill workers on the far side and now a part of the city of West Linn. That area is also known as Willamette, and there once was a commuter trolley running down the main road to the falls.

I worked as a designer on both sides of the Willamette in this location.

I worked on contract in the Smurfit Papermill's engineering department on this side for most of a year a couple different times, working on various projects. This mill ended its days as the Blue Heron Papermill. I also worked on contract for Portland General Electric on the far side, first at their engineering department in downtown Portland preparing and planning and then as onsite construction supervisor in their Sullivan Plant. The Sullivan Plant was once known as Station B as noted on the Wiki page linked below. There they use the energy of the Willamette River to drive thirteen 1KV turbines and generate raw power. Then they transform that power on the hill above and feed it into the area's power grid.

I helped PGE create the first "downstream migrant bypass facility" which allowed the fish to pass over the turbines and continue downstream in 1991. That facility worked so well for PGE that through the ensuing years they have upgraded and remodeled several times in part to improve its function. The original bypass facility is not easily recognized for what it was when first installed. PGE has responsibility for the upkeep of Willamette Falls because the natural state of the falls has been improved mostly for this power generating purpose. Willamette Falls is where Portland General Electric started as the Willamette Falls Electric Company in 1888.

Now I live in a house situated just down the slope from the walkway along the bluff in a natural flat zone. The yard is a little bit multi leveled because of the basalt of the bluff which is all ancient volcanism. Right outside my basement entrance door the graveled and otherwise unpaved extension of the street dead ends at the greensward of the park.

For those who care, the Wiki article on Willamette Falls has a fairly accurate historical synopsis of the area.

Am I Worthy

It has crossed my mind
I do fall short these strange days.
I am fed for free
and I glide on wings
I've found abandoned nearby.
I don't even need
to ascend some cliff
face to find a preflight site.
The bluff is outside,
right outside my door,
the abandoned tracks below
and rough red in last
light. I would invite
you in but I'm uncertain
you would laugh at my
jokes or take me at
my simplistic words of praise
or just pray with me.

‎November ‎25, ‎2014 2:41 PM

Oh by the way... I just realized I have written over 2000 poems since August of 2008.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Not Much Left

Tank action at Hill 85 on Okinawa near the end of World War II.

Not Much Left

It got too bloody,
too big, a goddam black tank
clanking and driving
right over my heart
and jamming me down down down,
smashing me into
all that left over
rubble from making those walls
that have boxed me in.
I'm sorry. I just don't
have much of anything left.
I think it's past time.

October 15, 2010 9:54 AM

Never before published but over four years old... I have no idea what this was about now. That's a good lesson on how it all passes. I was still working in those days. Perhaps something happened at work.

These days there are people in my life who are making trips to hospitals for serious things. A friend has just informed me her horse will be put down tomorrow at age 30. An insurmountable medical problem. My heart clenches up. WTF. Wait. This is all normal. I will see sunshine and rainbows tomorrow. Today is for how hard it can be.

Only. I have other friends who have retired to a part of the world they hoped to get to. They just posted how happy they are. So the truth is we must sit together on the smae bench, some rejoicing, some grieving and most just trying to get along right now. While someone cries openly, someone else cracks a joke and a few go off to take in a movie. Most have to go back to work but some don't.

The trees have lost the summer.

Me too. It's on the verge of winter for me.

The cat and the dog are both napping with full bellies. I will soon be called to dinner, I believe.

This is Monday. On Thursday there will be a Thanksgiving celebration. I will give thanks. This is all normal.

An M-4 Sherman tank with a "rhino plow" attached in front has just punched its way through a Norman hedgerow. This image from the war in Europe, World War II in France.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Searching For The Twins

Snowstorm by Maurice de Vlaminck

One of the principle painters in the Fauvist movement, de Vlaminck disliked Picasso for the way Cubism supplanted Fauvism. This painting is hard to date but appears to be most similar to work de Vlaminck produced around 1920.

I did a little internet research to write this as I have not heard of this Flemish painter (though he painted mostly along the Seine south of Paris) before today. He wrote fiction, some of it when a young man "mildly pornographic", was a violinist and teacher of music, and later wrote poetry as well.

Chosen by Tess as a writing prompt for Mag 247

Searching For The Twins

There are moments on
this road like pirouettes in
some neglected field
where resolute stoats
(forgotten in this toothed time
of children not found)
do scream of cloudy
spills of white. The wind flutter
of my decision,
black storm upon storm
this miserable, stains me
with sap from dread bark.

‎November ‎23, ‎2014 9:07 AM

This poem was fashioned to include all twelve of the words offered in Brenda Warren's Sunday Whirl, Wordle 188

Friday, November 21, 2014

On My Walk

The cows have taken
an attitude concerning
the state of my heart.
I was once content
to walk among them at peace
but lately I've lost
my way and the cows
know it. They turn their great heads
and nip at my dreams
as if they were fine
sprays of green for the taking
that I no longer

October 15, 2010 12:25 PM

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Woman Trouble

Woman Trouble

She was one fine cat
and she found me out from rain
on that windy day -
fixed her eyes on me
and nailed me to the back wall
that way.

The porch light
took her eyes from cool
to some kind of ancient sky
and I could taste game
on her feral breath.

I would have invited her
but she turned away.

‎November ‎20, ‎2014 5:37 PM

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Every Song Must End - A Red Wolf Wordle

A vision of Bodhisattva

Right here you will find a link back to the post entitled Buddhist Bodhisattva Behavior which I accessed for the images. The post consists of a prose poem Namo Lokesvaraya written by a monk named Tog-me.

The site presents a clear translation which probably means it is to some extent not literal. The long poem describes how Bodhisattvas can be recognized by their behavior. These behaviors form a global ideal that reveals a fully evolved and civilized human. It is possible that no one who reads this post of mine will ever see a Bodhisattva. However, it is also ancient tradition that genuine saints wherever they arise out of any tradition may be very hard to recognize unless you too are well along some sacred path. Thus you may pass one by, may have already passed by several without ever knowing it.

As a practical matter, the knowledge is now thousands of years old that public demonstrations and overt manifestations of the sacred skills generally do not help and in most cases hinder the work.

The poem utilizes all of the words found on the Red Wolf Poems blogsite We Wordle 31

Every Song Must End

Bodhisattva life
is not the legerdemain
you guys said it was -
nor pulsing spirit
reflected in past moments
or in present rites
despite the raw dusk
and void that once formed the song
of our grit dying

Hope's tumbled down
those rough scales, the parasites
that chew my liver.

‎November ‎19, ‎2014 9:45 PM

Poet's note: Wiki says: "Most scale insects are parasites of plants, feeding on sap drawn directly from the plant's vascular system." Ref. "those rough scales". Apparently the scales described here are somewhat unusual, or the poet is.

Another vision of Bodhisattva

Red Wolf

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