American Idyll

yes, the river knows

Sunday, February 26, 2017

I'll Sleep Beneath Its Arches

David Grisman / Martin Taylor: Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Between now and now,
between I am and you are,
the word bridge.

Entering it
you enter yourself:
the world connects
and closes like a ring.

From one bank to another,
there is always
a body stretched:
a rainbow.

I'll sleep beneath its arches.

--Octavio Paz

Cimarons: Over the Rainbow

Friday, February 24, 2017

A Stillness Comes

For life is but a dream whose shapes return,
Some frequently, some seldom, some by night
And some by day, some night and day: we learn,
The while all change and many vanish quite,
In their recurrence with recurrent changes
A certain seeming order; where this ranges
We count things real; such is memory's might.
--James Thomson

Gillian Welch: I Dream a Highway

Were it possible for us
to see further than
our knowledge reaches,
and yet a little way
beyond the outworks
of our divinings,
perhaps we would
endure our sadnesses
with greater confidence
than our joys.
For they are the moments
when something new
has entered into us,
something unknown;
our feelings grow mute
in shy perplexity,
everything in us withdraws,
a stillness comes,
and the new,
which no one knows,
stands in the midst of it and is silent.
--Rainer Maria Rilke
Letters to a Young Poet

Thursday, February 23, 2017

This Can I Bear Also


Country Joe and the Fish : Superbird...1967

It would be easy
to call it quits.
I have these moments,
not often.
There is nothing to do
but sit still
until they pass.
Tantrums and passions
I don't need,
endurance is what I need.
I have found that
it is even possible
to take a certain pleasure
out of submission
to necessity.
That have I borne,
this can I bear also.
--Wallace Stegner
Angle of Repose

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Everywhere At The Same Time

Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time? That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.
--Hermann Hesse

Johnny Cash: Five Feet High and Rising

Friday, February 17, 2017

So As To Look Ready For Anything

Dvořák : String Quartet No 12 ..."American"

Christopher Robin
was sitting
outside his door,
putting on his Big Boots.
As soon as he saw
the Big Boots,
Pooh knew
that an Adventure
was about to happen,
and he brushed the honey
off his nose with
the back of his paw,
and spruced himself up
as well as he could,
so as to look
Ready for Anything.

--A. A. Milne

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Each Day Is Valentine's Day

Frank Sinatra: Too Marvelous for Words

Being with you and not being with you
is the only way I have to measure time.
--Jorge Luis Borges
The Book of Sand

Elvis Costello: My Funny Valentine

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Could Go Either Way

Cowboy Junkies: Clothes Line Saga

Bartlet: We meant stronger here, right?
Sam: What does it say?
Bartlet: I'm proud to report our country's stranger than it was a year ago?
Sam: That's a typo.
Bartlet: Could go either way.
--The West Wing
He Shall, from Time to Time

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

And We Get Older With The Silent Years

Tempora labuntur, tacitisque senescimus annis,
et fugiunt freno non remorante dies. **

J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos

Because things

are the way

they are,

things will not

stay the way

they are.

--Bertolt Brecht

** Times are slipping away, and we get older with the silent years.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Sympathy With Intelligence

Miles Davis / John Coltrane: Walkin' 1958

Miles Davis Quintet: Walkin' 1965

My desire for knowledge
is intermittent;
but my desire
to bathe my head
in atmospheres unknown
to my feet
is perennial and constant.
The highest that
we can attain to
is not Knowledge,
but Sympathy with Intelligence.
I do not know
that this higher knowledge
amounts to anything
more definite than
a novel and grand surprise
on a sudden revelation
of the insufficiency
of all that we
called Knowledge before,
--a discovery that there are more things in heaven and earth
than are dreamed of in our philosophy.
--Henry David Thoreau
Walking 1862

Saturday, February 04, 2017

The Spires Of El Dorado

Neil Young: Eldorado 12/10/89

When we have discovered a continent, or crossed a chain of mountains, it is only to find another ocean or another plain upon the further side…. O toiling hands of mortals! O wearied feet, travelling ye know not whither! Soon, soon, it seems to you, you must come forth on some conspicuous hilltop, and but a little way further, against the setting sun, descry the spires of El Dorado. Little do ye know your own blessedness; for to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labor.
--Robert Louis Stevenson
El Dorado

Monday, January 30, 2017

You Learn To Dance When You Live With A Dancer

And those who were seen dancing
were thought to be insane
by those who could not hear the music.
--Friedrich Nietzsche

Poisoned Red Berries: Blanco

all the questions
he could
never answer
the nights
she slept
and he stayed
wide awake

you learn
to dance
when you live
with a dancer
you learn
to give
and then you
learn to take

--doug lang

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