52 Thoughts: Eighth Thought

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Photo by TJ Parker

Forgiveness.

I walk down the hallway at night
House asleep
Creaks and wind and chimes filter in
I’m at my in-laws house
There’s sickness here
And a kind of hope for better
… feeling better and being better
They love me
I feel that
It’s mutual
I write poems at night when I can’t sleep
I don’t remember them in the morning
After sleep finally comes and washes them away
I think that night work is my best work
Just saying
But it gets me through the hours
Filled with creaks and wind and stray whining cats outside
There’s something special to this forgetting
As if mysteries were revealed to me
Then taken away again
I know they are there
Just out of reach
But there nonetheless
Magic
It’s because of this I forgive myself
Forgiveness for the forgetting
I walk down the hallway at night

~ TJ Parker

Wander into the center of the circle of wonder.

~ Hongzhi Zhengjue

Photo by Alice Cahill | Sequoia National Park, California

How does a Black Bear cross a meadow?

The Map

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Photo by TJ Parker

The failure of love might account for most of the suffering in the world.

The girl was going over her global studies homework

in the air where she drew the map with her finger

touching the Gobi desert,

the Plateau of Tiber in front of her,

and looking through her transparent map backwards

I did suddenly see,

how her left is my right, and for a moment I understood.

~ Marie Howe

Big drops #californiarain #bigdrops #bigrain

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Hot Springs

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Photo by TJ Parker

after Robert Francis’s “Silent Poem”

rain storm rock pore flow path earth crust
thrust fault drip slope trough dam blue ooze

tile floor stained glass sitz bath rust stain
sun porch deck chair sky light gas lamp

foot bridge leaf twitch dirt trail red oak
white tail hoof prints moss stump wood thrush

chert flake clay shard pit mine whet stone
knife blade green gorge creek mud blue tent

fire ring wood smoke sign post steep road
store front plate glass stone arch tile roof

street light pump house brick walk steam grate
hot wisp guard rail foot soak spa town

~ Davis McCombs

Gnome #gnome #californiagnome

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You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself.

~ Ella Maillart

Photo by Mark Stevens | Mica View Trail, Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona

 

I Only Went Out for a Walk... (Black & White, Saguaro National Park)