old woman, sea

800px-Caribbean_Ocean_view_from_Bodden_Townshe’s as playful as spray
and as prayerful spume

in peace
and in turmoil
drumming the shore
persistent in her
giving and taking
free of any filters
as wild and dangerous
as any old woman
who says what she thinks

© 2015, poem, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved; photo, Caribbean Sea view from Bodden Town, Grand Caymen by Lhb1239 under GNU General License 

oppressed by the sun


the heat and humidity
the day oppressed by the sun
the night sky is overcrowded
the pitted moon superfluous

i’d rather be cool
a blue lotus, floating
on a shimmering pond
a soulful thing,
solitary by day, and
in the cool night
eyes relieved of
the unremitting sun

© 2015, poem and photograph, Jamie Dedes, All right reserved

“We will need writers who can remember freedom … poets and visionaries, the realists of a larger reality…”

Ursula_Le_Guin_Harlan_EllisonUrsula Le Guin is still going strong at 85 years.  She writes science fiction and science fantasy (novels, short stories), poetry, children’s books.She was first published in the ’60s.  In a 2014 article in the Smithsonian, she said, ” … the task of science fiction is not to predict the future. Rather, it contemplates possible futures. Writers may find the future appealing precisely because it can’t be known, a black box where … anything at all can be said to happen without fear of contradiction from a native. The future is a safe, sterile laboratory for trying out ideas in, a means of thinking about reality, a method.”

I enjoyed this video. (Thanks to Michael Dickel.) Le Guin is classy, feisty and sure but not strident as she criticizes the publishing industry and champions writers “who know the difference between a market commodity and a work of art.”

“I think hard times are coming when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope.

We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries — the realists of a larger reality.”

The transcription of this speech is HERE.

photo credit as above