“The secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don’t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won’t. In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again.
That is their mystery and their magic.”
― Arundhati Roy
Bridges and blue lights we are blighted by leaf curl and cannon balm #Brooklynpoets are washed up from these shores we will not leave when the lights dim, no towers erected here will block our eyes, they will always see the New York our familys risked to be a part of, i dedicate this manuscript to my father and mother, 1960 New Yorkers, they will leave these shores too when their final days come, and I as well. #TheCogandtheKhan #poetry
My chapbook has gone through the @brooklynpoets ringer, before this workshop it made it as a #BrooklynArtsPress second round reading, knowing now what I know, this manuscript has evolved! #poetry #chapbooks #poet
The river Ganges is sacred and a feminine river that is personified as a Devi goddess.
“The way her body existed only where he touched her. The rest of her was smoke.”
― Arundhati Roy
"Never go on trips with anyone you do not love."
The relationship of Radha and Krishna is the embodiment of love, passion and devotion. Radha’s passion for Krishna symbolizes the soul’s intense longing and willingness for the ultimate unification with God. Shri Krishna is the soul of Radha and Radha is definitely the soul of Shri Krishna. She is the undivided form of Shri Krishna. She will remain a mystery unless one can know her inexpressible divine elements. She is worshipper as well as his deity to be worshipped. She being a beloved of Shri Krishna is known as “Radhika”.
The whole universe material and spiritual is the creation of Shri Radha - Krishna. Shri Radha is the presiding Goddess of Shri Krishna. The Paramatma - supreme Lord - is subservient to her. In her absence Shri Krishna does not exist.
Assisi, foggy dusk, by Maurizio Rellini.
“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”
― Arundhati Roy,
Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987) was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience. His philosophy is often summarized by his phrase: “Follow your bliss.”
“Spirituality is rebellion; religiousness is orthodoxy. Spirituality is individuality; religiousness is just remaining part of the crowd psychology. Religiousness keeps you a sheep, and spirituality is a lion’s roar.”Osho
"A trembling in the bones may carry a more convincing testimony than the dry documented deductions of the brain."
Never misunderstand seriousness for sincerity. Sincerity is very playful, never serious. It is true, authentic, but never serious. Sincerity does not have a long face, it is bubbling with joy, radiating with an inner joyousness.
With December upon us, and snow inevitable, I think of Paris while I’m in New York.