Ryokan’s Midsummer

July 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

Midsummer —

I walk about with my staff.

Old farmers spot me

And call me over for a drink.

We sit in the fields

using leaves for plates.

Pleasantly drunk and so happy

I drift off peacefully

Sprawled out on a paddy bank.

Witness Blanket

July 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Did your school have a graveyard?”

This question is asked in the short video found at The Witness Blanket, a website dedicated to the “large scale art installation, made out of hundreds of items reclaimed from Residential Schools, churches, government buildings and traditional and cultural structures including Friendship Centres, band offices, treatment centres and universities, from across Canada.”

The Witness Blanket

The large work is the creation of Carey Newman (Ha-yalth-kingeme), a First Nations artist from B.C. whose father was a residential school survivor.

Its sole purpose is, to again quote the website, to stand “in eternal witness to the effects of the Indian Residential School era – the system created and run by churches and the Canadian government to “take the Indian out of the child”. Left alone, these pieces may be forgotten, lost, buried, or worse – be uncomfortable reminders that leave painful impressions on the minds and hearts of those who recognize what they represent. Individually, they are paragraphs of a disappearing narrative. Together they are strong and formidable, collectively able to recount for future generations the true story of loss, strength, reconciliation and pride.”

If you’re in Hamilton, Ontario, the Witness Blanket is on display at the Hamilton Public Library from July 13 to August 29, 2015.  I intend to see it at the New Westminster Museum and Archives, in New Westminster, BC, (my birthplace) when it is on display from December 2016 to April 2017.  The full tour listing can be found at the site’s touring section.

Iamkokonutz on YouTube

July 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

Came across “Iamkokonutz” the other day and found it well worth bringing to your attention.  Check out the “Heli-Hockey, Backcountry Skating on Black Glass” as well as the other videos!  Here’s some images to whet your appetite.

Iamkokonutz1 Iamkokonutz2 Iamkokonutz3

Link (again): Iamkokonutz

Summer Mares

July 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

summer mares signed

“A life without love is like a year without summer.”

Swedish Proverb

Short Poem by Rumi

July 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

O Love, O pure deep Love, be here, be now,

                                 Be all.

Worlds dissolve

     into your stainless endless radiance,

Frail living leaves burn

     with your brighter than cold stares

Make me your servant, your breath, your core.

 

What flower is this?

July 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

Begonias

This small flower started blooming a few weeks ago.  I think it’s a Begonia but am asking anyone out there to correct me if I’m wrong.  Thanks for your input!

As The Ruin Falls

July 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

As the Ruin Falls
by C. S. Lewis

“All this is flashy rhetoric about loving you.
I never had a selfless thought since I was born.
I am mercenary and self-seeking through and through:
I want God, you, all friends, merely to serve my turn.

Peace, re-assurance, pleasure, are the goals I seek,
I cannot crawl one inch outside my proper skin:
I talk of love –a scholar’s parrot may talk Greek–
But, self-imprisoned, always end where I begin.

Only that now you have taught me (but how late) my lack.
I see the chasm. And everything you are was making
My heart into a bridge by which I might get back
From exile, and grow man. And now the bridge is breaking.

For this I bless you as the ruin falls. The pains
You give me are more precious than all other gains.

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