Thursday, May 29, 2008

Hit and Run

The driver, racing in a car to a childrens' concert, did not even notice or care that he had mortally wounded a creature who died from the impact of the vehicle. Had the victim been a child would the driver have behaved differently? Would penalties exacted by the Law have changed behavior but not values? Though man is an animal he has assumed rights that supersede the rights of all other animals; he is a beast, meaning his conscience is a social construct. It is not innate, but taught. In the calculus of things, the death of an "innocent" animal counted less than the driver's purpose: to get to the concert, early. Music is one of the humanities; the humanities are said to instill humaneness, but humane behavior was absent on this occasion, as it is the whole world over. This event took place in Tenafly, New Jesey, an affluent surburban community, a town like any other. We are living in that Brave New World, and Tenafly is a specimen of its ethos.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Bob Dylan: a day of good fortune

nature's script
where three elements intersect
the letter found at New Paltz New York
i find myself speaking words or phrases that are not mine but which have become integral to me, expressing latent sentiments and ideas or which set my mind loose, like the caffeine in my cup of coffee.
Thank You

Bob Dylan: happy birthday

spirit on the water/ darkness on the face of the deep
lead me off in a cheerful dance

word pictures/ sound pictures . . . texts/allusions . . . inflections
masterful musicianship

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Fall: its aftermath

death is the fate of all creatures:
the winged sort, supported by the unseen,
those who delve into the watery depths, and those navigators of firm earth

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Garden of Eden: expulsion and death

turning to face the unseen and unknown
suffering, murder, death

Friday, May 16, 2008

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Garden of Eden: before

verdant without taint
the first couple before knowledge
tree of knowledge

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Fruit of Abundance: rotted

Sophisticated Desire: art and nature

I have always grieved
Not to have had enough of the blossoms
Yet tonight I feel it as never before

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Script of Nature: Eternity

Nature the artisan makes a first draft of eternity