May December Be

You are younger than my daughter,
but you are not my daughter.
The rich human history of
young women and old men
is a cross-grain of joyful
noise and heartache.
Wisdom is the most valuable
attribute in both directions,
a wisdom born of respect.
There is art in the balance.

sarandon

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Certainty

Clandestine wandering—
I like to think
that’s how
my mind works.
My fantasies
are all about
how special I am
and smart
and unique.
Reality?
I’m always unsure.
Simple physics:
What I see
in the mirror
is backwards.
I have learned
what I want
is invisible.
Of this I
am certain.

leap

dichotomy

(leap: elementsyoga.ie; dichotomy: goodmenproject.com)

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A Left-Brain Deal

Writing
is a left-brain
deal
Maybe
Shaping the chatter
like clay
into
a sculpture
Can it be a song too?
Both?
Thawed music?

It’s a left-brain deal,
though
The right brain
knows
what words are
but doesn’t use them,
I don’t think
The left brain shouts
“I am!”
and wants
to be read.

That’s why it squeezes
the clay
and cares about
the shape
The right brain
just is
The left brain
feels joy
when it’s recognized
The right brain is joy

So–
they work together
In mysterious ways.

(left: anewlifewandering.com; right: consciouslifenews.com)

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Regular Days

Sunlight befriends a digital stream of
virtual heavy lifting, the meat of work devoured;
tasks fall like pistachio husks.

Night shadows a stream splashing
the bowl when the hours are shy
and don’t care who you are.

I prefer the water, the house breathing,
and the beckon of hollow cocoon, warm as secret skin.

rumpled bed

 

 

 

 

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Haiku–Bright Slippers

Sunlight finds my feet,
warming better than slippers;
Drowsiness follows.

Adoption2

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Haiku–Peace as an Odd Job

Is coming to peace
with ambiguity a
pathway to wisdom?

(illusion: sommer-sommer.com; trees: wisdom-square.com)

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When We Are Gone

We live our lives here
where the greatest
human accomplishment is Art.
When we are gone
the wolves and butterflies
won’t miss it.

ripples

wind_umbrella

(photo credits in a previous blog)

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URGENT REQUEST FOR MORE VOLUNTEERS IN LESVOS

Source: URGENT REQUEST FOR MORE VOLUNTEERS IN LESVOS

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OmniMystery Interview

This interview was posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

http://www.omnimysterynews.com/2016/01/a-conversation-with-novelist-jim-stewart-5F703B90.html

I rattle on for a bit about the characters in Ochoco Reach and how I approached writing the novel. It might be of interest to some. For others, it might be a cure for insomnia. I reckon that’s the way of the world.

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Young Lodgepole Under Snow

White laden—back arched against the brilliant cold—
your example locks my admiration and my empathy
in an embrace that doesn’t know what to do with itself.

My perception puts you in an instant of deep bend,
the dance fully engaged,
captured in its most dramatic moment.

I am frozen myself,
awaiting your rise to my arrogance.
We are trapped in the instant:

you forever arched in your white gown
and me forever fooled
by the illusion of command.

snow bridge

Lodgepole-Pine-snow

(top: pinterest.com; bottom: yellowstonepark.com)

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