Category Thoughts About Art & Culture

Crazier Than Loving

Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength, Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment ~~~~~ Crazier Than Loving ~~~~~ We place profits over people Witness how our world works And we all pay the final bill Where violence, hatred lurks Governed by greed over need Do I, really, need to go on? Do we come from a […]

Feeling Blue

Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength, Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment ~~~~~ Feeling Blue ~~~~~ All those whose view Is they’ll go to heaven Might not have thought This all the way through Unless heaven’s giving Everyone harp lessons And vocal lessons, too This big flock of angels Basses, sopranos, altos What will they […]

As All

As All ~~~~~ Capture the cosmos Twinkling in a tyke’s eye, today From somewhere foreign Immersing us in infinity Religious, political refugee Swallowing us in silence Different, skin, class, orientation defined Strange, strained Altogether alien Fascinating but frightening So similar, still Dissimilar, diverse Exceptionally enigmatic Leaving us lost Besieged, bothered Tourists in transit Realize we […]

Tail of the Worm

  Spin Doctor ~ Philip Brent ~~~~~ Tail of the Worm ~~~~~ Beneath the surface of the shadow Live the voices Who listen to the voices Ordinary people Acting in extraordinary ways An unexamined life, ancient wisdom cautions Is not worth living Or is it An uncommitted life denies scrutiny To fully live Requires a […]

Thinking Allowed

Long Road Home ~ Philip Brent ~~~~~~~~~ Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength, Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment ……… I wrote my first draft of this essay on August 3rd. I rewrote it then, but didn’t publish it. I revised it on August 19th, after the travesty and tragedy in Charlottesville and the protest […]

I’m OK

Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength, Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment ……… I’m OK ~~~ I’m OK with being a cliché, Old enough now not to care, Here many a year and a day I sometimes do what I dare ……….. Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength, Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ […]

Breathing Deeply

~~~~~ Breathing Deeply We gather wings unto our being Flex, unfold our spirit, lift and fly Alighting quickly, timid, cautious Breathing deeply, expanding Our soul, to dive into the void Unknown, yet anticipated, expected Glory in flight alone, unaware Sailing higher, until we look down Nothingness greets our eyes, vision Because we no longer see […]