Category Thoughts About Art & Culture

We Choose Only How

~~~~~ We all want it. We all want it all. We do. Do we? Or is that just a story we’ve been repeatedly told? Love, home, family, food, friends no longer hold Enough; fail to comprehend what enough may be New flashy car, a fancy man, a trophy wife to start All the latest apps […]

Simple Complexity ~ Complex Simplicity

~~~~~ Why then must poetry’s meaning be couched Like the imagined sea-sound heard in a shell May fleeting beauty, convoluted truth be vouched Said simply and offered crystal-clear from a well Will it help if I use night to presage age or death Flying birds or sunsets standing in for nature’s glory Will unformed clay, […]

Hope We’re Still Lucky

~~~~~ What proof do we need of our existence? Power, now, though it will fade in time. Our skulls, bones in a museum display; see an ancient specimen of a lost culture. Will it be left over from our destruction? Did we scavenge our garbage, heritage? As hubris leads us to think we need none, […]

Who We Are, Who We Become

 ~~~~~ Do we forget to wonder, to ask the right questions? Do we gird up our loins, strengthen our bastions? Try to talk with far-distant, like-minded strangers? Ignore all others, to pretend there are no dangers? We converse with others, all in our own language, Accepting a translation offered, a mystery message Compromising, perchance, our […]


~~~~~ What leads us to creativity, our need to express the heart, the center of who we are? How much misery is caused by our inability, not to be ourselves, but to share our being? Do many of us wonder why we are here, at this moment, our time alive, aware? When do we finally […]

Aim High

~~~~~ There are so many lives we do not, cannot understand, despite trying. We read stories, see movies, which give us hints, which move us, make us think, perhaps, others more like us than we know. Truly, these characters are but vague shadows, at this remove, of who they are, their feelings, their trials, their […]

I Dare You

~~~~~ Interaction with humans is often a hazardous proposition at its best. Since others often end in a coffin, Are we equipped to pass the test? Speculative fiction likes to imagine groups of advanced aliens out there, we might someday join, if invited in. If they’re out there, I wonder where. Despite not knowing, why […]