Sunday, July 07, 2013

Hightailing It Out of Town

Somewhere in The French Quarter


Tired of Speaking Sweetly

Love wants to reach out and manhandle us,
Break all our teacup talk of God.

If you had the courage and
Could give the Beloved His choice, some nights,
He would just drag you around the room
By your hair,
Ripping from your grip all those toys in the world
That bring you no joy.

Love sometimes gets tired of speaking sweetly
And wants to rip to shreds
All your erroneous notions of truth

That make you fight within yourself, dear one,
And with others,

Causing the world to weep
On too many fine days.

God wants to manhandle us,
Lock us inside of a tiny room with Himself
And practice His dropkick.

The Beloved sometimes wants
To do us a great favor:

Hold us upside down
And shake all the nonsense out.

But when we hear
He is in such a "playful drunken mood"
Most everyone I know
Quickly packs their bags and hightails it
Out of town.

From: 'The Gift', by Hafiz
Translated by Daniel Ladinsky

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Backyard Bananas



"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." 
~Walt Whitman

Monday, June 17, 2013

Rugged Flower


“Must be I find you
tough and lusty as the life, 
all toil and tempo,
finesse and plain fight,
with values so old they startle me.
Must be I think of you
as I do the rugged flowers
that prove themselves over and over in the spring,
that elsewhere might perish,
but here master the earth,
bloom into gangly lives of high color,
and inhale the sun, knowing the land
better than the land does.
Hardy, savvy,
they will outlive us all.” 
― Diane Ackerman

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

So What?

French Quarter Street
“Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, So what. That's one of my favorite things to say. So what.”  ~Andy Warhol

Saturday, May 25, 2013



"Are the other folks' cows chewin' cud til the hour comes and their heads roll or are they just keepin' quiet like you, planning their escape?" ~ The Good Girl

Art by Marcia Baldwin

I watched The Good Girl last night & it scared me, thinking my life could have so easily been what hers was. Giving thanks to the universe..... and my own determination.
I recommend the movie, however, I can't decide if Jennifer Aniston's country southern accent is really good or really bad. One thing's for sure, it depicted small town life to a tee through the eyes of someone desperate to get out. Watch it and let me know what you think. (Yes, it's pretty much a chick flick.)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Silence

Audubon Park, New Orleans

“Silence is the language of Om. We need silence to be able to reach our Self. Both internal and external silence is very important to feel the presence of that supreme Love.” 
~Amit Ray