Saturday, May 19, 2018

An action or event
(something you do,
something that happens)
is good
if it makes you better
as a person,
evil
if if makes you worse.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

To gain power
we must forgo
some pleasure.

To gain knowledge
we must accept
uncertainty.

Pleasure belongs
to the powerless
as certainty belongs
to the ignorant.

For pleasure must
be sought
where you are vulnerable,
and certainty
will come only
like a light in darkness.

What you may know
of this is in
another's power.

Power
is the freedom
of desire.

Knowledge
is the limit
of belief.

At the center
of our knowing
we find wisdom.

At the edge
of our mastery
we find love.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Hearts, like minds,
can be open or closed,
can open and close.

Like minds, hearts
can be changed.

Friday, May 11, 2018

It is no more
(and no less)
arrogant
to think
you are wise
than to feel
you are
in love.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

"Think before you act."
Feel before the fact.

Before you act,
consider the facts.
Before you believe,
consult your desires.

__________

Facts constrain the possibility of action.
Feelings reflect our sense of the possible.
A belief implies a field of possibilities.
Our beliefs make us feel some things
are possible and others are impossible.
Our desires, then, have a vested interest
in the state of our beliefs. Respect it.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

One day he resolved
to compose his poetry on the outside
of his philosophy.

The light was bad.
The guitar was out of tune.
And she was drunk.

He watched her dance,
tightened the strings,
and trimmed the wick.

In this image—
its flicker and tension
and stagger and sway—
he holds her.

Bowling is the opposite of drawing.

In the stillness of his mind,
even the courtyard's cherry tree
blossomed as a mere idea of itself,
until the petals fell to the ground
through the windless air.

The poet sings
of experience,
of how to feel it
when it happens.

And where it falls?
And how to think
on the experience?
Call a philosopher.

Monday, May 07, 2018

But the mind
itself, lost,
must be found.

And the heart
itself, alone,
must belong.

While the soul
abides, waiting,
in the body.

The mind
seeks.
"What?" it asks.
"Where?"

The heart
longs.
"Who?" it begs.
"When?"

"How?" falls
to the body.
"Why?"
to the soul.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

The true belief,
the beautiful image,
the just desire.

The sound mind,
the healthy body,
the strong heart.

The better reason,
the purer soul,
the deeper passion.

Friday, May 04, 2018

I have come to understand it now,
but I still can't bring myself to obey.

"Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow..."

Between the concept
and the emotion,
slips the image.

Between your reasons
and your passion
find your suffering.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

We experience knowledge conceptually.
We experience power emotionally.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

There is an orthodoxy,
but also an orthothymia.
There's a right way of thinking
and a right way of feeling.

May your concepts and emotions
guide your imagination
beyond the acceptable opinion,
the appropriate sentiment.

Philosophers teach us how to think.
Poets teach us how to feel.
Scientists tell us what to believe.
Politicians tell us who to desire.

Desires show us how to be free.
Beliefs show us how we are bounded.
Our feelings become who we are.
Our thinking is what it is.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

How does it feel to think?
Like making a picture of the facts.
How do we think of feelings?
By making pictures of the act.

How a thought
feels is
the image—
how feelings
become thoughts.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Inquiring minds,
governed hearts.

How people
imagine things.

Monday, April 23, 2018

How does the soul work?
It abides in the body.

To see
what the facts are

imagine

who the acts become
in deed.

Reason tends
to the stillness
of the mind.

Passion stirs
in the motion
of the heart.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

In an argument
your reasons
shine.

Under an obligation
your passions
bind.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Reason is
to argument

as passion
to obligation,

as that
which shines

to that
which binds.

Friday, April 13, 2018

"Literature is news that STAYS news." (Ezra Pound)
Journalism is literature that FAILS daily.