When Nazım Hikmet utters, my entire being listens…

Nazıms sufferance

Sufferance is such a thread,

you would think it will break;

but it will get stronger and stronger.

You would think it will cease to be;

yet it will just reproduce…

Image and Text Source: Nazım Hikmet

Own translation from the original Turkish (September 20, 2015)

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…a note to self: if not wise, seek advice…(Week Ten)


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…there is always the potential for an excuse: poetry loves “clinging”…to the passion of it all…even (or especially) to being “vulnerable”…what is one then to do?

“The universe is made up of experiences that are designed to burn out your attachment, your clinging to pleasure, to pain, to fear, to all of it. And as long as there is a place where you’re vulnerable, the universe will find a way to confront you with it.” ~ Ram Dass

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…when trusting in full surrender yields ruin to a soul…

“Crawl inside this body. Find me where I am most ruined – Love me there.” ~ Rune Lazuli


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…a note to self: if not wise, seek advice…(Week Nine)

…have you also been trying to succeed in ‘becoming that fleeting moment’…or have you been successful all along? (I doubt that I will ever achieve the ultimate peace-creating balance, since I seem to continue to be stuck on the act of trying…)

“Right now a moment of time is fleeting by. Capture its reality in paint! To do that we must put all else out of our minds. We must become that moment.” ~ Paul Cezanne


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“For the Sake of a Necklace”

“Deep shame has been my lover since” she whispered, “penetrating me every instant I am in that room. The same memory stabs my soul again and again: how easy it was for you to leave me.” ~ An excerpt from my novel draft, For the Sake of a Necklace.   

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…a note to self: if not wise, seek advice…(Week Eight)

…the infamous slippery life’s gift of ultimate splendor…being capable of living only the now and the here…

“You cannot see it with your eyes. You cannot hold it with your hands. You cannot smell it with your nose. You cannot hear it with your ears. You cannot taste it with your tongue. You cannot form it in your thoughts. Here it is!” ~ Nyogen Senzaki


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on and on…


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on the open sea

on a self-made galley of rotting planks

one hole races after another

only quick-sand at my disposal…

as for the welded-in rod…

it’s desperate

to make a companion of me

on its rusty hook i dangle…

on and on

~ September 20, 2015

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