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THE GEM 25 FEB 2015 : Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.

THE GEM 25 FEB 2015


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David Brooks

(Australia, 1953)    © David Brooks

From these particulars
what generality? Some
honesty of the heart perhaps, honest
doubt? honest

comes again, the birds
cease; beneath their silence
frogs, crickets, the run
of water in guttering, patter
of overflow, soul
drawing breath.

(‘At Bunga’, Walking to Point Clear)

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JULY 30 2013: I struggled to think pure thoughts, as Hector sucked out my psyche with his eyes.

― Tahir Shah, House of the Tiger King

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“the psyche has been burned
and left us senseless,
the world has been darker than lights-out
in a closet full of hungry bats,
and the whiskey and wine entered our veins
when blood was too weak to carry on”

― Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last


MAY 23 2013. Those who do not study are only cattle dressed up in men’s clothes. Chinese saying.


Investigation may be likened to the long months of pregnancy, and solving a problem to the day of birth. To investigate a problem is, indeed, to solve it. Chairman Mao.

AUGUST 17 2012 : “To plan it all would take away from the fun and the excitement of what’s to come. Let the day reveal itself to me in its own time, in its own way. I am yours, Today. I am yours.” Lisa Schroeder, The Day Before


“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell

MAY 22 2012. Two tightrope walkers cannot perform on the same tightrope. Turkish.


“A guitar has moonlight in it.” 
James M. Cain


Carry me away in a caravel, in an old and gentle caravel, in the prow, or if you like in the foam, and lose me, far away, far away.
In the horse-drawn carriage of another age. In the deceptive velvet of the snow. In the breath of gathered dogs. In the exhausted flock of dead leaves.
Carry me away without breaking me, in kisses, in chests that rise and draw in breath, on the carpets of palms and their smile, in the passageways of long bones and articulations.
Carry me away, or rather bury me.
Henri Michaux

FEBRUARY 5 2012 : To wait for luck is the same as waiting for death.

Japanese.  http://www.special-dictionary.com/proverbs/keywords/waiting/


Poem 50 ("I lost my way, I forgot …") from "Book of Mercy"

I lost my way, I forgot to call on your name. The raw heart beat against the world, and the tears were for my lost victory. But you are here. You have always been here. The world is all forgetting, and the heart is a rage of directions, but your name unifies the heart, and the world is lifted into its place. Blessed is the one who waits in the traveller’s heart for his turning.

Leonard Cohen.