“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it…” The Art of Living, Wilfred Peterson
December 15, 2018
A Life of the Spirit is a many-faceted jewel. Some of our contributors interpreted the theme for this month as Spirit (Being, the Ineffable, the Divine) and others more as spirited, strong. Some find Spirit and courage in the great love of their life or in their art, in their religion or spiritual practice. Others find it in an inspiring parent or grandparent. You will see that nature plays a role for nearly everyone.
I don’t think I’ve ever used as many hankies in pulling together an issue of The BeZine as I have with this issue. Contributors this quarter speak intimately from both joy and heartbreak, which is perhaps not surprising given the theme.
Our contributors have also rallied their spirits to speak out against gun violence and to speak up for the LGBTQ community. Violence and cruelty are not an absence of Spirit but a lack of awareness.
My country – America – has a gun violence history that is notorious but firearms are ubiquitous on this Earth and complicit in wars and conflicts, hate crimes, terrorism, suicide and accidental shootings. Death by fire arms is grotesquely common in South American countries, Jamaica, and Swaziland.
Gun-suicides: I’ve taken the liberty of including a poem about my big sister, Teresa Margaret, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. She was twenty-seven. I was fourteen. Fifty-four years later, the trauma remains. The questions remain: Why? Where did the gun come from? Who taught her how to use it?
“Although the USA ranked fourth in the world with 12,400 firearm-related homicides, that figure pales in comparison with its 23,800 gun suicides. None of the other 194 nations and territories [ … ] came close; India ranked second at 13,400.” USA Today HERE
Easy access to firearms is cited by experts as one reason for the prevalence of their use in suicide. Another may be that guns offer an effective means of suicide.
Since there is history, culture, identity, and ethic involved in gun ownership and use, attempts at doing away with guns are not feasible at this time. Complicated core issues need to be defined and addressed first. Will we ever come to a unified place where we agree that murder and torture are not options? How then would Spirit play in the garden of material life?
Thanks to The Bardo Group Bequines team and to our guest writers for helping us put together an issue that is honest, artful, and inspiring, one that walks “with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground.”
As you read, we hope that you will leave your “Likes” and comments behind to let each contributor know they were read and appreciated and to enrich the experience for others.
In the spirit of love (respect) and community,
and on behalf of The Bardo Group Bequines,
Founding and Managing Editor
TABLE OF CONTENTS
How to read this issue of THE BeZINE:You can read each piece individually by clicking the links in the Table of Contents.
To learn more about our guests contributors, please link HERE.
To learn more about our core team members, please link HERE.
A Murmur, John Anstie
Your Freedom Eyes, Linda Chown
Julia Vinograd Slipped Into My Writing, Michael Dickel
Feathers of Grass, Joe Hesch
Whelm, Tricia Knoll
Making White Flags, P.A. Levy
Hope Springs Eternal, Tamam Tracy Moncur
Spirit Speaks, Corina Ravenscraft
A Gift of Courage, Anjum Wasim Dar
Standing Out in the Straight …, Linda Chown
Stone Love, P.A. Levy
Landing, P.C. Moorehead
Illuminating, P.C. Moorehead
Dense Flesh, P.C. Moorehead
Songbird, Jason A. Muckley
Princess of the Sea, Jason A. Muckley
Four Haiku, Jason A. Muckley
Log Cabin Quilt, Anne Myers
Lit Up With Your Warmth, Scott Thomas Outlar
Catching Leaves and Picking Clover, Scott Thomas Outlar
High Tide Hallelujah, Scott Thomas Outler
The Spirit of Us, poem by Deborah Setiyawait, photography by Carl Scharwath
The Star, Clarissa Simmens
my decision is not new, since …, Anjum Wasim Dar
for those who don’t know the chocolate, Amirah Al Wassif
the poetry is …, Amirah Al Wassif
Windows of Madrid, Amirah Al Wassif
Social Justice for LGBTQ
Telling Tales Under the Rainbow, Naomi Baltuck, Alison Cox, Chris Spengler
Gravy, Chris Spengler
GunShot, Gary W. Bowers
A Girl in a Box, Jamie Dedes
A Poem for the Tree of Life Synagogue, Michael Dickel
Silencing the Thunder, Joe Hesch
Snow Angels, Joe Hesch
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