June 27th, 2011


jordan almond: Digging through poetry as I pack...:

Looking through a book of drawings by Holbein I realize several moments of truth. A nose (a line) so nose-like. So line-like. And then I think to myself “so what?” It’s not going to solve any of my problems. And then I realize that at the very moment of appreciation I had no....

(Reblogged from jordan-almond)
the would-be queen, elaine, tumbled...

Moments of sacred connection
come uninvited,
out of nowhere,
out of thin air
or out of somewhere thinner than air,
airier than air.
Emptier than air,
and therefore more complete.

Something for Nothing

The great mystery is not that we should have been thrown down here at random between the profusion of matter and that of the stars; it is that from our very prison we should draw, from our own selves, images powerful enough to deny our own nothingness.

André Malraux, La condition humaine [Man’s Fate] (1933)
the would-be queen, elaine, tumbled...

....or, even more marvelously, to affirm it/

Justice and Mercy Argue About Art



As long as the woman from Rijksmuseum
in painted silence and concentration
day after day pours milk
from the jug to the bowl,
the World does not deserve
the end of the world.

By Wislawa Szymborska
the would-be queen, elaine, tumbled...

Justice speaks:  Verrneer?  Who was Vermeer
Another human who could paint a pretty face
upon the monstrosity humans have made of themselves.
Ask the holocaust victims about Vermeer
Ask the indigenous peoples whose grandchildren will not know them
Ask the poor of any country in the world how they would weigh
a great work of art against their hunger.
The flood that my worshipers believe in.
came to a world far less deserving of destriction
than this one.

Mercy speaks: You are right, Who was Vermeer?
It is not for his sake that i would preserve the world,
but for my own sake.
I would not have destroyed Gomorrah,
even if Lot had not lived there,
I would have bargained, as Abraham did,
but i would have bargained down to zero.
Someone said,"if i save a single human life,
it will be as though i had saved the whole world."
and i will not make him a liar.