wearing down stone, a poem

the sun came out of hiding this morning,
peeked in on me, disturbing my sleep
persistent, like a question nagging
as I play on the verge of knowing, of finding
of touching and wearing and loving from the
seat of my soul, perhaps my heart, a place
from which to think and be and I am no lonelier
than any tree anchored to the earth, reaching

outside a bird builds its nest, steadfast in its
construction, ants on the march for food
people going to work, the roar of the freeway
incomprehensible, building and rushing ~
on this earth you earn your keep, how tidy
and how untidy, this way of forming a self
by working against the rhythms of the heart,
which wants nothing more or less than flow
flow, like the rivers flow, wearing down stone

© 2017, Jamie Dedes


In honor of Derek Walcott who died a few days ago, the recommended read for this week is The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013.  Walcott first poem was published when he was fourteen and this book was published in his 84th year. Never more than now has the world needed the grace, wisdom and universality of his poetry. This is a must add to your poetry book collection.  It doesn’t include the epic Omerosalso recommended, but it does include some of his earlier work that I have not seen included elsewhere.


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Heads-up San Mateo, CA: Justice Action Monday, Flash Advocacy … “Resistance” works

Every Monday evening from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Rev. Benjamin Meyers and members of the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo (UUSM) invite neighbors in North Central San Mateo gather with them to “Resist.”  This Monday evening  postcards will be set asking Congress to reject Trump’s proposed budget cuts to the arts, the sciences and to social service programs like Meals on Wheels and to protest his proposed massive increase in military spending. Postcards will also go to thank those media outlets that are telling the truth and to those companies that have pulled their advertising from Breitbart.  Supplies, snacks and convivial company provided.

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS OF SAN MATEO, Justice Action Mondays, Flash Action Advocacy,  300 E. Santa Inez Ave, San Mateo, Phone: 650-342-5946 Office Hours: Tu-Fri 10-5


RESISTANCE WORKS: Hillary Clinton’s response to yesterday’s health insurance victory. 

Random thoughts: writing true to you, book trailers and Gary Shteyngart

BEING TRUE TO YOU: I was reminded on seeing this book trailer of my aspirational days when an editor told me that if I decided to focus on writing books for children, the primary characters should be boys. The reason, he said, was that girls will read books about boys but boys won’t read books about girls. I was also advised not to write about politics or religion. I understand his concerns: salability. Nonetheless, I write what I will. I hope you do too. It’s about being true to yourself and true to the story you have to tell.

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BOOK TRAILERS: I don’t particularly care for the above book trailer. Occasionally I like to pop over to YouTube and check out what authors and publishers are doing.  Over time I’ve found that the ones that are truly appealing (and therefore memorable) are the ones where the writer can be a bit of a ham and doesn’t take herself or himself too seriously.

GRAY SHTEYNGART: This one (below) was produced a few years ago. I rather like it. It’s not surprising that it’s good. Gary Shteyngart (Absurdistan, A Novel) is brilliant and a satirist. The trailer is for Little Failure, A Memoirpublished in 2013.


Gary Shteyngart at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

“Do not throw away your heart. Keep your heart. Your heart is all that matters … Throw away your ancestors! … Throw away your shyness and the anger that lies just a few inches beneath … Accept the truth! And if there is more than one truth, then learn to do the difficult work — learn to choose. You are good enough, you are HUMAN ENOUGH, to choose!” Gary Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story.

Shteyngart photograph courtesy of Mark Coggins under CC BY-SA 2.0 license


 

In honor of Derek Walcott who died a few days ago, the recommended read for this week is The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013.  Walcott first poem was published when he was fourteen and this book was published in his 84th year. Never more than now has the world needed the grace, wisdom and universality of his poetry. This is a must add to your poetry book collection.  It doesn’t include the epic Omerosalso recommended, but it does include some of his earlier work that I have not seen included elsewhere.


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Crossing Brooklyn Ferry … me and Walt …

800px-69stpier5bbtjehSundays, summer ferry rides,
crossing the rough wide Hudson
from Brooklyn to Staten Island,
from one brave shore to another,
stalked by a colony of seagulls,
the boat frothing white waves in
its habitual and deliberate path.

I’d collect the cold green spray in
my warm hands, framing the tidbit
of raw river in the cup of my palms,
a child-self awed by the pleasures,
by whimsy and an affinity, organic
and ecstatic, like spindrift whorling
as if a dervish from boisterous waves

“And you that shall cross from shore to shore years hence, are more to me, and more in my meditations, than you might suppose.” Walt Whitman (1819-1892), Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

© 2013, poem, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved; Photo credit ~ the 69th Street Pier: before the Verranzano Narrows Bridge was built, a ferry service ran between this Bay Ridge pier and the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island.The photograph was released into the public domain.


In honor of Derek Walcott who died a few days ago, the recommended read for this week is The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013.  Walcott first poem was published when he was fourteen and this book was published in his 84th year. Never more than now has the world needed the grace, wisdom and universality of his poetry. This is a must add to your poetry book collection.  It doesn’t include the epic Omerosalso recommended, but it does include some of his earlier work that I have not seen included elsewhere.


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