Backwards the poem’s just as good.
A bag of thank-you notes fell
on me and that was enough
art for one day.
listen for the sounds the fields make
the tongues the trees are speaking in
the love the leaves are making with the wind
— Anis Mojgani,
from “The Manual,” in Over the Anvil We Stretch
(Write Bloody Publishing, 2008)
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
Scouting a location for a film in Uzbekistan, Antonioni once gave three elderly Muslim men a picture he had taken of each with his Polaroid. The eldest glanced at the photo and immediately returned them, asking: “What is it good for, to stop the time?
Untitled drawings, Spring 2013
colored pencil, water color on paper
There is no better way to know us
Than as two wolves, come separately to a wood.
Now neither´s able to sleep - even at a distance
Distracted by the soft competing pulse
Of the other; nor able to hunt - at every step
Looking backwards and sideways, warying to listen
For the other´s slavering…
When you first saw her—beauty, the dream—the human vortex of your life—or him—did you stop, and stand in the crisp air, breathing like a tree? Did you change your life?
— Mary Oliver,
excerpt from Blue Pastures
As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.