Monday, November 28, 2016

Clearly, this is confusing


Chaos and Order
are not mutually exclusive.
Randomness and Selectivity
do not come with iron-clad guarantees.
Uncertainty
is wrapped in reams of
Absolutes.
Overt structure belies covert disarray.
Appearances are always
just appearances.
Moments of clarity
are flanked by hours
of confusion.
If there is a plan,
there are also accidents
waiting to disrupt
the plan.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Captivated By Time





Patterns.
Colors.
Lines.
Faces.
Expressions.
Captivating captives.
Marking time.

Fresh technique on this one.  I did a 'finger paint' background, then placed the various images with the finger painting peeking out from behind, in the cracks between.  Not quite convinced it adds anything to the overall effect, particularly.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fall Feasts!


The Fall Feasts
are once again upon us!
The three feasts of the LORD
that fall in the "seventh month"
(of the biblical Hebrew calendar),
and which are described
in Leviticus 23:23-44,
will be here in just a few days.
Yom [Zichron] Teruah
(the Feast [Day] of Shouting ~ aka Trumpets),
Yom Kippur
(the Day of Atonement),
and
Sukkot
(the Feast of Booths or Tabernacles or Shelters).

is some further discussion/explanation.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Chaotic Order


Finding order in chaos
is a bit cliche, yes?
Yet our lives are defined
by chaotic order.
Moments strung together
by nothing more
than the fact that
we are present.
Thoughts in our heads
and
stimuli to all of our senses.
Color, light, shadow,
patterns, words, phrases,
whispers, tunes, shouts,
exclamations, interrogatives,
declarations, complaints, praise,
whether faint or otherwise.
The links from one moment
to the next
are less tenuous
than we care to admit.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Shreds of Memory


Like
ticker tape
incessant
insistent
memories
pile up
inside us
random access
in every recess
beyond excess
keep it
let it rest
hiding from your
consciousness
then
suddenly
rising up
unbidden
like
ticker tape
incessant

Monday, September 12, 2016

Interpretive Chance


Questions.
No answers.
Retro becomes post-modern.
Exclamations without context.
Revelations without relevance.
Smile.
Ponder.
Wonder.
Scratch your head.
Surprise.
Shock.
Complacency.
Expectations find expression.
Ruminations find confession.
Knowing the unknowable.
Thinking the unthinkable.
Seeing.
Speaking.
Doing.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Random Shreds


Life
is
full
of
random shreds;
little bits
and
snippets
of
color,
light,
surprise,
cheer,
wonder,
shock,
tragedy,
humor,
love,
delight,
anticipation,
satisfaction,
disappointment,
an
endless stream
of
powerful
discovery
and
emotion.
Take your
collection
of
shreds
and
be
beautiful.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Nose to Nose


How often
do we
come nose to nose
with indisputable truth
but cannot bear to look it in the eye?
Or
how many times
have your seen something
up close
and
you were
SO SURE
you knew
what you were looking at;
then
it turned out to be
a lie,
a deceit,
a counterfeit,
an illusion?
Proximity
does not guarantee
understanding
or
acceptance.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Unity in Diversity


Human facial profiles:
brow
nose
lips
chin
Recognizable common traits,
yet innumerable variations.
They say that
our faces are not symmetrical;
that the left side
of each person's face
does not exactly match
the right side.
Diversity
is built right in
to our physical structures.
We are meant to be
unique
in the midst of
our sameness.
Yet
too many of us
focus on our differences,
to the detriment
of our commonalities.
Unity in diversity.
A wholesome ideal,
kept distant
by human nature.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Blue Done It


Inescapable
blue.
Sky,
water,
birds,
flowers,
butterflies,
fruits,
jeans,
emotions.
Moody Lagoon.
Misty Song Sung.
Crystal Persuasion
and Suede Shoes.
Velvet Angel Tango.
Bell Bottom Bayou.
Mad Man Moon
in the Summertime.
Magic Orchid Heaven,
Barefoot Rock Bottom.
Long Gone Lonesome, Beautician, Souvenirs.
Helplessness,
Hill Street,
Roadhouse,
Down Home,
Midnight Smuggler's
and
I Guess that's Why They Call It...
Don't It Make Your Brown Eyes...
Love Is...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hand in Hand


An unbroken chain
of hands
holding hands
stretches through
history.
We have spoken
to each other
with words
written,
spoken,
sung;
truth and lies;
foolish and wise;
whispered,
shouted,
declared,
growled,
sobbed,
projected;
our story passed
from generation
to generation
hand in hand
our moments passed
from one life
to another life;
from heart to heart.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Keeping the Center


Surrounded by
shards and shreds
of life and memory
we must keep at our center
the Shema:
Shema, Yisrael;
Adonai Eloheinu,
Adonai Echad.

Hear, O Israel,
the LORD our God,
the LORD is One.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Me Qua Me


The theme
in every day of my life
is basically
...
me.
Not meaning to be
self-centered,
but I am
the only one
(besides The Creator!)
who never
leaves my presence.
The more or less random
entry
of loads of other
inputs, personalities, influences,
artwork, memories, daydreams...
It still is
who I am becoming.
Little sips
and nibbles
here and there
of untold
numbers of thoughts and experiences
all add up to
a constantly developing
me.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Flag Day 2016


Enduring symbol of hope and freedom.
Gives rise to deep stirring of many memories.
"Long may you wave."

Time Tells


Reality.
Fantasy.
Past.
Present.
Future.
Art.
Nature.
Self.
Others.
Hope.
Fear.
Laughter.
Tears.
Color.
Light.
Darkness.
Joy.
Peace.
Friendship.
Love.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Life's Moments


All of the moments
of our lives
strung together
make us who we are
today.
At any given moment,
all of those previous moments
may crowd into our consciousness
and exhilarate us,
excite us,
frighten us,
sadden us,
delight us.
At any given moment.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Mysteries Inside Us


Mysteries
are hidden
deep inside us.
Good and bad.
Aspirations.
Dreams.
Hopes, prayers.
Ideas.
Expectations.
Disappointments.
Successes, failures.
Who came in
to stay.
Who didn't.
Still inside us,
deep.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Adventure Awaits



Life.
Adventure.
Images and words
prompt
memories,
emotions.
All of it
adds up to
who you are
becoming.
Not all of it
is input of your
choosing,
but your choices
about its effects
will make a difference
in
who
you
are