January 5th, 2013

| Irina Kusminsky - Poetry

"In writing poetry, true poetry, one does commune with the gods. All I have written have been things heard or sensed by me, a rhythm, a sense of colour, an image apprehended verbally, an idea from a realm in which words are never purely verbal, but always a chord of sound and colour and movement.

"When I write I feel I am spinning words out of my own being, my own flesh. Printed and fixed on a page will these words live still and breathe as I lived and breathed them? And how is it possible to write of an experience and still remain true to it? This applies to any experience, but how much more so to an experience of the divine..."  Irina Kusminsky

Poetry Chaikhana | Irina Kusminsky - Poetry, Biography

Walt Whitman - I think I could turn and live with animals

I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain'd,
I stand and look at them long and long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.

Poetry Chaikhana | Walt Whitman - I think I could turn and live with animals

Meditation On The Tao Te Ching - Chapter 2

"The best have become the worst enemies of the good."  spoken by a conservative in criticism of the protest movements of the 1960s.

Reading: 

2.1 When everyone knows beauty is beauty, this is bad.
2.2 When everyone knows good is good, this is not good.
2.3 So being and nonbeing produce each other: difficulty and ease complement each other, long and short shape each other,
2.4 high and low contrast with each other, voice and echoes conform to each other, before and after go along with each other.
2.5 So sages manage effortless service and carry out unspoken guidance.
2.6 All beings work, without exception: if they live without possessiveness,
2.7 act without presumption, and do not dwell on success, then by this very nondwelling success will not leave.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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