Boot straps

Sometimes the wild creatures in your heart
get too scared, remain restless, hide away.
My mother the horse-whisperer would have
spoken gently, stroking calmness back into
those creatures, and walked them through
the fear.

Sometimes you don’t have to put the bucket
far down the well before it fills.
Other times you hit the rocky bottom.
My grandfather, the water witch, would have
gotten out the willow rod and paced the land
to find a new well.

Sometimes you need to heal but it takes so long
and the medicine you need is so hard to find.
My great-grandmother the herb witch
would have walked the hills until she found
what she needed.

Sometimes you just have to pick yourself up
and do what needs doing.
Only you can find what you need,
only you can recognize the magic
when you see it.

Generations behind point me to the path.
But only I will recognize the magic when I see it.
And I must walk the walk.

 

*For the poetry project, phase one go here.

*For a definition of Phase 2, go here.

*To see all the poems in one place go here.

Random quote of the day:

“Inside us there is a word we cannot pronounce and that is who we are.”

—Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Orville and Wilbur, Katy Perry, or the Avengers. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

Random quote of the day:

“The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is any bread, but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry.”

—Simone Weil, “Forms of the Implicit Love of God,” Waiting for God (tr. Emma Craufurd)

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Random quote of the day:

“A man can’t always do as he likes, but he can always fancy what he likes.”

—John Ruskin, “Fairyland”

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Random quote of the day:

“The arc of the moral universe retreats and advances like a samba.”

—Teju Cole, Twitterfeed, June 26, 2013

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“It’s all lagers and cigars here”
says the ancient postcard,
remembering a time when,
a long-gone long ago.

Lately, the Crone has slipped
me cryptic messages, all lagers
and cigars, remembering when,
whens that never were except in dreams.
I accept them all, those never-whens,
as absolute fact, an internal terrain
as real as terra firma.

Those dreams once meant something
more than fantasy, something realer
than real, a world burgeoning
in silence and sighs, forming on paper
and on screens, going forth into that
other world, the one most folks
mistake for real.

“When shall we two meet again,” she asks,
“over lagers and cigars?”

I have no answer except “soon”
and “someday.”

She laughs at that.
She recognizes the sound of dreams
disappearing into the mist,
like gorillas on the brink of
extinction.

*For the poetry project, phase one go here.

*For a definition of Phase 2, go here.

*To see all the poems in one place go here.

GoFundMe link: https://www.gofundme.com/help-lisa-pay-for-2-funerals

I’ve set up this GoFundMe for my good friend, Lisa Clardy (hominysnark), who has had to pay for two funerals within the last year.

For the previous five years she was the sole caregiver for her elderly mother as she battled Alzheimer’s. She gave up her own home in Orlando to move 100 miles away to live with her mother and care for her full time.

Lisa and her mother, Martha

Lisa’s mother, Martha, passed away last year, leaving a modest estate which was divided between Lisa and her sister, Anita, Lisa’s only close living relative. However, the funeral costs, including transport of her mother’s body from Florida to Arkansas so she could be buried with Lisa’s dad, came out of Lisa’s resources. Anita, who lived in Colorado, was supposed to help with these expenses but was unable to do so.

Then tragically and unexpectedly, her sister Anita died at the beginning of this year.  Lisa not only had to pay the funeral expenses for Anita, and airline expenses to go to Colorado, but discovered that Anita’s estate was in a mess: she owed a huge debt in unpaid taxes and Anita’s house was badly in need of cleaning and repair. Lisa had to hire attorneys, cleaning and repair crews, and finally exhausted the last of her resources paying property taxes.

She will probably be able to sell Anita’s house eventually, but that is months down the line, and the realtors she consulted estimated that about half of the potential sale price will be eaten up to pay Anita’s back taxes and other debt.

In the meantime, Lisa doesn’t have enough resources to pay her own debts and living expenses. We are asking for $4,600 to meet Lisa’s short-term needs for bills and household expenses for the next months until there’s some resolution of Anita’s estate.

Lisa gave up a great deal to care for her mother and has suffered much heartbreak the last year. I would hate to see her suffer more due to financial issues. Please help if you can, please share my link on your Twitter timeline or elsewhere to get the word out. Even if you can’t help financially, we would both appreciate very much if you forward the link. Both Lisa and I thank you for reading this and for any help you may offer.

GoFundMe link: https://www.gofundme.com/help-lisa-pay-for-2-funerals

Random quote of the day:

“Insight is a breakthrough, requiring much intellectual dismantling and dislocation. It begins with a mental interim, with the cultivation of a feeling for the unfamiliar, unparalleled, incredible. It is in being involved with a phenomenon, being intimately engaged to it, courting it, as it were, that after much perplexity and embarrassment we come upon insight—upon a way of seeing the phenomenon from within.”

—Abraham J. Heschel, The Prophets

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Lucy and Ethel, Justin Bieber, or the Kardashian Klan. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

Random quote of the day:

“Great art is the result of eccentric, individual passions, not test screenings, market research, and crowd sourcing.”

—Sherman Alexie, Twitterfeed, 1/26/12

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Random quote of the day:

“The silence doesn’t seem to care. It is simply there for anyone who has ears to hear. It is so huge and so intense. It has the sweetness of a balm and the heat of a fire.”

—Nicole Oxenhandler, The Wishing Year

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Lucy and Ethel, Justin Bieber, or the Kardashian Klan. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

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