Monday, August 17, 2015

"Ethiopia Across the Red Sea & Indian Ocean" - Prof. Pankhurst

"At least one Ethiopian zebra was also taken to India... The creature seemed so strange that some people thought that it had been colored by hand, but the monarch rejected this view, stating that it was in fact 'the painter of fate,' who had 'left it on the page of the world.'

Friday, May 15, 2015

Alain Bousquet

Je ne suis pas un poete d'eau douce 

"I am no milk-and-water poet"

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

no need: excerpt

the poem of the poet is to say all this
and thousands and thousands of other things.

no need to understand.

-Alain Bosquet

Lay Ch'an Practitioner, P'ang Yün (d. 808)

"Mysterious power and
marvelous function:
carrying water and
gathering kindling."

Saturday, March 21, 2015

kindness : naomi shihab nye


Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing. 
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and
     purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you every where
like a shadow or a friend.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Constantinople, 1522 and Krakow, 1573