may we all be heard
words are bells
let them ring!

Thom World Poet Austin, Texas, USA
Global Radical networker and activist for promoting the live Creative Arts,
at every possible opportunity, especially in his home-city, Austin, Texas, USA

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

why are you alive?

Recently,i spent extended conversations with two elders-
one of 90 cycles ,the other almost 92. I was reminded of D H Lawrence's poem
about the two ways to grow aged-one to be a canker on the eye of apple of life,
the other to bask in the sunlight of joy-and to shine!
Age is a ladder to the sun-we get blinded easily
so it is good to meet guides who are further up the ladder
who have clues in their demeanor,smiles and generosity of spirit
One was a shadowy,selfish man-hard of hearing and of heart
whose BAH! HUMBUG! could be heard in every word he uttered
The other was an elegant conversationalist-pleased to be engaged
and willing to listen,absorb,and adapt -without any need to pontificate
Humility of that order is rare -and a pleasure to enjoy!
Much in our world is in process/little is finished artwork.
Community,democracy,,participation occupy our consciousness
and we need every salient singer to share more than National Anthems.
When i reach an aged wine year,i will rather be open to divergence
willing to listen more than i speak,able to comprehend and articulate
what every cycle round one sun has taught me.Until Zen-smiles and witnessing...
(paths of elders)

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