Monthly Archives: April 2014

Breaking it Gently

“Basically we are all looking for someone who knows who we are and will break it to us gently.”

— Robert Brault

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April 30, 2014 · 5:30 pm

Painting Shadows

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April 24, 2014 · 1:40 am

Place by the Sea

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April 19, 2014 · 11:20 pm

Boats 1463

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Photograph taken near Bishops Stortford, UK, April 2013.

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April 18, 2014 · 2:39 pm

Dwelling: Li-Young Lee

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As though touching her
might make him known to himself,

as though his hand moving
over her body might find who
he is, as though he lay inside her, a country

his hand’s traveling uncovered,
as though such a country arose
continually up out of her
to meet his hand’s setting forth and setting forth.

And the places on her body have no names.
And she is what’s immense about the night.
And their clothes on the floor are arranged
for forgetfulness.

Li-Young Lee, from Book of My Nights: Poems

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Tinnitus 2

There’s a dark buzz in my head
of the words that you said
the poems that we spoke and
the books that we read…

You can grasp there’s a pattern
to staying alive
in the dance of the bees
at the edge of the hive

(though I come and I go
but can never arrive)

Don’t tread out the path
or arrow the sky
the truth is a journey
but so is a lie

© Russell J. Hall 0140414

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April 14, 2014 · 11:41 pm

African Dreams: Sahara

Varieties of experience_sPhotographs taken in Algeria and Mali during a Sahara crossing. Words from the sequence African Dreams.

A diary of this journey is here. A short video here.

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April 10, 2014 · 2:38 am

Waiting

Waiting

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” — Carl Sagan

“Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.” — Terry Pratchett

“I’ve learned that waiting is the most difficult bit, and I want to get used to the feeling, knowing that you’re with me, even when you’re not by my side.” ― Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

“… as long as nothing happens between them, the memory is cursed with what hasn’t happened.” ― Marguerite Duras, Blue Eyes, Black Hair

“I suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us.” — Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed

“The wait is long, my dream of you does not end.” ― Nuala O’Faolain, My Dream of You

“Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering.” — Paulo Coelho

“It’s only terrible to have nothing to wait for.” — Erich Maria Remarque, Three Comrades

“When I am dead, even then,
I will still love you, I will wait in these poems.” — Muriel Rukeyser, ‘Then’.

“Just when normal life felt almost possible — when the world held some kind of order, meaning, even loveliness (the prismatic spray of light through an icicle; the stillness of a sunrise), some small thing would go awry and veil of optimism was torn away, the barren world revealed. They learned, somehow, to wait those times out. There was no cure, no answer, no reparation.” — David Wroblewski, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

“Maybe it lasts a minute, and maybe it’s an hour. All I know is that kiss, and how soft her skin is when it brushes against mine, and that even if I did not know it until now, I have been waiting for this person forever.” — Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home

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April 8, 2014 · 1:46 pm

Extraordinary Simplicities

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“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” ― John Burroughs, Leaf and Tendril

“I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.” ― Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

“The three grand essentials of happiness are: Something to do, Someone to love, and Something to hope for.” – Alexander Chalmers

Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.

William Martin, from The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents

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April 5, 2014 · 11:48 pm