Portrait in Summer

Person walking the street in Singapore.
Photo by Zhu Liang.

Portrait in Summer

You wander in and out of rain.
The city encloses you. You feel
the darkening of its metals, above ground
and below. Every night
you touch a boundary you don’t understand.
Even asleep you crave sleep,

the rest “Portrait in Summer”


Astral map composed of fratcals
Astral Fractal

I was curious about the provenance of this photo I found unlabeled on another blog. I did a Google search where you upload a photo to try and identify it.

The image above shows up in a web search listed … the rest “Intricacy”

The New Colossus

Statue of Liberty
Photo by Pixabay.

Emma Lazarus was born on this date in 1849. Her verse was once a celebration and a welcome. Now it has become nostalgic lament. Please re-awaken Mother of Exiles.

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

the rest “The New Colossus”

Annie Ross has Passed

Annie soars over all these tracks.

When Joe Williams joins in on Everyday I Have the Blues, chills.
Annie Ross’s vibrato mimicking the lead trumpet shakes defined the sound.
Swinging so hard.

It’s Your Decision

Chris David, a Navy veteran, being struck repeatedly by federal law enforcement officers.
Chris David being struck repeatedly by federal law enforcement officers.

As a citizen of the United States, you have a type of freedom that is uncommon in this world.

For example, you can decide that you will vote for a man because he bragged loudly about how great he was … the rest “It’s Your Decision”

Rough and Rowdy Ways

Another triumph for Bob Dylan. This album is very, very, very good.

Now playing on repeat.

Got a tell-tale heart like Mr. Poe
Got skeletons in the walls of people you know
I’ll drink to the truth and the things

the rest “Rough and Rowdy Ways”

Be Joyful

Marilyn Jewett running.
Marilyn Jane, May 2007

If you have time to chatter,
Read books.

If you have time to read,
Walk into mountain, desert and ocean.

If you have time to walk,
Sing songs and dance.

If you have time to dance,
Sit quietly, you Happy Lucky Idiot.

—excerpted from How To Live on the Planet Earth: Collected Poems
∽ Nanao Sakaki

Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”

∽ John Lewis

Ants Marching

I must admit I’ve been a little smug about how I’ve managed to keep my apartment ant-free since I moved in.

That’s over now.

War is upon me, but I’ve trained for this.

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.

—from Poor Man’s Pudding and Rich Man’s Crumbs 
∽ Herman Melville

Subpar Parks |  

There are bugs and they will bite you on your face.
Illustration by Amber Share, 2020

I think my favorite is, “Looks nothing like the license plate.” for Arches National Park.