Thursday, March 15, 2018

From "Time Problem" by Brenda Hillman

I have borrowed the little boat
and I say to him Come into the little boat,   
    you were happy there;

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

From "A Perfect Mess" by Mary Karr

It’s not law but the sprawl
of our separate wills that keeps us all flowing.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A reminder when I needed it

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive [Her] to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

-Max Ehrmann, Desiderata

Monday, January 8, 2018

From "Age Appropriate" by Philip Schultz

In other words, when evicted from
a strange lobby into a stranger street,
where every scaffold is full
and bodies dangle in the long
blue sorrow of the afternoon,
without context, explanation, or sympathy,
it’s good to know, even momentarily,
how to live, among the relevant,
    the passionate, and the confused.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

"Grandma's Outside Painting Moonscapes"

Well I did it

I made something and I shared it, and I'm pretty sure it went well

Good way to start the new year

Also doing morning planks and squats and pushups on the rug in front of the refrigerator

Also eating one large grapefruit, two fried eggs, and a gluten free muffin for breakfast, hot off the skillet

Also coming home famished after five hours of sharing what I made, eating curry and salad and relaxing into a release more than a month in the making 

Also dozing on the loveseat at the end of the day, Wilson tucked into my left arm and Hanna curled under my right

Also walking sleepily to the bedroom, snuggling under the blankets and around the soft warm animal of his body

Also showering with the almond-and-peppermint holiday soap, upturning my face to the hot water, scrubbing off the grime accumulated over the last 12 months to make way for a year of courageousness