But here among the scorpions and the hounds,
the jackals, apes and vultures, snakes and wolves,
monsters that howl and growl and squeal and crawl,
in all the squalid zoo of vices, one
is even uglier and fowler than the rest,
although the least flamboyant of the lot,
this beast would gladly undermine the earth
and swallow all creation in a yawn;
I speak of Boredom with ready tears
dreams of hangings as it puffs its pipe.
Reader, you know this squeamish monster well,
- hypocrite reader, - my alias, - my twin!
—To The Reader by Charles Baudelaire
You can crumple the past like a piece of paper—each time you open your eyes the world is born anew, and the possibilities are endless…love, loss, lust, trust like grass up through moss waving in the wind and tucking back down under the earth again…nothing is impossible…start a fire in your heart and people will come to warm their souls
A circle will bend from itself at the center
And fall back again at the sides
But we form an X in the ether as
My descent crosses you as you rise
Mary Oliver - The Uses of Sorrow
My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has inner light, even from a distance-
and charges us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on
answering our own wave…
but what we feel is the wind in our faces.
-Rainer Maria Rilke
What was said to the rose that made it open
was said to me here in my chest.
—Rumi, What Was Said To The Rose
This storm is a lover
Flashes cutting brilliant
Through dark deep
Thunder rhythm clap
drawing metallic breath
Drops syncopated to thoughts.
This storm is a lover
Crystalline and transpondent
Soaking into skin
THINKING OUT LOUD CAUSES DEF PEOPLE TO FEAR ITS SELF
OVER AND OVER AGAIN RUN FAR, FAR FAR FAR AWAY
But listen to the people who know.
They Know. I know and you know…
You just don’t know it!
Yesterday morning a girl woke
up in her bed. She had fallen
asleep listening to her head
phones and finds them missing
as she wake. She screams
but know one can hear her
except for the friend who
stole her head phones.