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Reflection and Appreciation – Quotes

starry night photo

“When the sound and wholesome nature of man acts as an entirety, when he feels himself in the world as in a grand, beautiful, worthy, and worthwhile whole, when this harmonious comfort affords him a pure, untrammeled delight; then if the universe, if it could be sensible of itself, would shout for joy at having attained its goal and wonder at the pinnacle of its own essence and evolution. For what is served by all the expenditure of suns and planets and moons, of stars and Milky Ways, of comets and nebula, of worlds evolving and passing away, if at last a happy man does not involuntarily rejoice in his own existence.”


“Let the mind beware, that though the flesh be bugged, the circumstances of existence are pretty glorious.”

-Jack Kerouac

Guarded Moments


I was scanning my brain
the other day,
searching for toeholds
in appropriate convolutions
and inside one crevice
a playback loop of sorts
was going on and on
just below the surface.
it said “with all your armour
and your elaborate filters
you cannot feel the pulsing,
undulating moments
that swim around
and through you.”
It was the call to action
that brought me to this point.
Since it continues to repeat
it propels me still.

Another Migration

monarch butterfly tree photo
Photo by Damian Gadal

Wind chimes carve
large swaths out of the air
announcing the doors of Paradise
will be closing for another era.
A red-speckled salamander
in his window well fiefdom
searches for maps
among a library of debris.

Have the monarchs
left for Mexico by now?
in a slow avalanche of translucent color
their chorus imposes a silent hum
upon the second earth.
They carry living embers
to wacah chan in Palenque.

Sitting in lawn chairs, we ripen
as we have done so many times before.
Our cocoons are threadbare.
We waste away into long shadow-fingers
falling across the setting orange-peel sun.

The smoldering summer thins-

unfolding wings
fan slowly to dry
in preparation.