psalm 22, SAID
keep on wandering forever and never
because no dwelling places remain
be loud and urgent
share in my life and my passions
all the way to your bread
so that my word might wake
Reality always has another face,
the face of every day,
the one we never see,
the other face of time.
lend me your wooden horse
to go off to the other side of this side.
Reality is more real in black and white.
– from ‘Facing Time,’ by Octavio Paz –
And so that “Unspeakable Girl,” that dynamic force and presence, returns to mark our Spring. – Leslie D. Bartlett
“Everything is in motion, everything teems.”
~Gaston Bachelard~ Earth and Reveries of Repose
Deep studies of the Cape Ann Ices invite my predawn visit, return viewings at dusk in winter as the temperature scales down, winds pick up, and the human visual sense is sloughed off. As cold enters the arms, the legs, the extreme weather opens my soul…
Tuunbaq – winter 2009
“So may you live in honour, as in name,
If with this truth you be inspired;
Be more and long desired;
And with the flame
Of love be bright,
As with the light
Of bonfires! then
The birthday shines, when logs not burn, but men.”
– Ode to Sir William Sidney on His Birthday, Ben Johnson –
“When the Sky was separated from the Earth
— Firmly held together up to then —
And when the goddess mothers appeared.”
[Sumerian & Akkadian creation story]
For on the birthday, the horizon opens & yields to the sky.
And so a birthday week to share with all birthdays this week….