Winter Solstice Sunset   Leave a comment

winter solstice sunset (1 of 1) blogWinter Solstice Sunset, December 21, 2014 — Image by kenne

Winter’s Cloak

This year I do not want
the dark to leave me.
I need its wrap
of silent stillness,
its cloak
of long lasting embrace.
Too much light
has pulled me away
from the chamber
of gestation.

Let the dawns
come late,
let the sunsets
arrive early,
let the evenings
extend themselves
while I lean into
the abyss of my being.

Let me lie in the cave
of my soul,
for too much light
blinds me,
steals the source
of revelation.

Let me seek solace
in the empty places
of winter’s passage,
those vast dark nights
that never fail to shelter me.

– Joyce Rupp

Solstice Wolves   Leave a comment

Originally posted on Off the Beaten Path: Hikes, Backpacks, and Travels:

I’m standing on a hilltop in Yellowstone on a cold and bright December morning.    The snow beneath me is covered with hundreds of wolf tracks.    They must have been through here early this morning – the tracks are clearly fresh, and there are no other people tracks around.

All wolf tracks.

All wolf tracks.

I look over my shoulder.  It’s eerie.  Where are they now?    I’m not generally afraid of wolves, but when you see how big their tracks are…well, it’s eye-opening.

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I notice a line of little coyote tracks in the midst of all of these giants.   How brave of him to be anywhere near this place!

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The silence is broken by howling to the east of me, with answering howls from the hills across the river.  Not far!    I head back to the trailhead where Bill is waiting. The Wolf Project team has arrived.

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Posted December 21, 2014 by kenneturner in Information

Capturing The Moment, Again — “The Three Wise Ravens”   Leave a comment

“The Three Wise Ravens” — Computer Art by kenne

*****

Tis the season of wonder,

the time of the golden dawn.

Three magi all in black,

barriers of exotic wisdom.

Ancient philosophers and priests

carefully phrasing their questions,

In union with good thought,

in word and in deed.

It is between these that

wise men choose what is right.

*****

Peace and Goodwill To All,

Happy Holidays!

kenne & joy

(Originally posted December 21, 2011)

Coltrane — “A Love Supreme”   2 comments

Kenne & Coltrane (2 of 2) SQ blog“Desert Coltrane” — Image by Joy

Some years ago on one of our trips to New Orleans, Joy and I were walking in the French Quarter and decided to go in a resale store. That’s when I saw the John Coltrane t-shirt I’m wearing in above photo by Joy.  The t-shirt has faded over the years, but I still wear it often to live music events, also just when I feel like it. Okay, so I set it up for this posting, which I had planned on in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Coltrane’s, “A Love Supreme.”  

In my teen years and early twenties I often would go to sleep listening to jazz on late-night Chicago radio. I still listen to a lot of radio, especially NPR where you can still find good jazz music. About ten days ago, I listened to and NPR story, 50 Years Of John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’. (A Love Supreme was recorded December 9, 1964.)

“I call it a sacred day for music fans, not just jazz fans. For people across musical boundaries and cultures — for Carlos Santana, Bono, Joni Mitchell, Steve Reich, Bootsy Collins, Gil Scott-Heron — hearing A Love Supreme was a revelation.” – Arun Rath

Many generations have and will continue to be influenced by the music of John Coltrane. If you let your soul listen you can hear his bluesy sound in the words and music of poets, singer-song writers and musicians:

Flirt with me don’t keep hurtin’ me
Don’t cause me pain
Be my lover don’t play no game
Just play me John Coltrane

 — from Righteously by Lucinda Williams

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So, catch the blues train,
ride the drum beat’s edge,
see tomorrow’s vision,

somewhere,
somewhere around the bend.

Locomotion,
a blues riff ,
Coltrane changes,

somewhere,
somewhere around the bend.

– from somewhere around the bend by kenne

“People had channeled emotions into music before. But no one had ever played the blues like this.

It’s the same message we get from the blues: Even in struggle and suffering, we sing, because life is a blessing. As much as Coltrane made his saxophone cry — for his suffering, and the world’s — in A Love Supreme he’s telling us that the most important voice to raise is one of gratitude to the creator for the gift of life.” – Arun Rath

Watching The Mountains Wear Away   2 comments

Italian SpringsSunset Over The Santa Catalina Mountains Viewed from The Rincon Mountains — Image by kenne

  Time in Tucson

We’re gonna spend some time in Tucson.
Watch the mountains wear away.
Gonna spend some time in Tucson,
Where the moment makes the day.

We’ll eat the sunrise for breakfast,
Have blue skies for lunch.
For dinner, ponder on a falling star,
Least, that’s our hunch.

We hear a song from The Old Pueblo,
Calling out our name to dance,
We’ve got to leave for Tucson,
While we’ve got the chance.

Gonna spend some time in Tucson.
Watch the mountains wear away.
Gonna spend some time in Tucson,
Where the moment makes the day.

– Dave Pierce

Free Flight Into The Wordless   2 comments

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Free Flight into the Wordless” — Image by kenne

Poetry is a deep inner calling in man: from it came liturgy, the

psalms, and also the content of religions. The poet confronted

nature’s phenomena and in the early ages called himself a priest,

to safeguard his vocation. . . . Today’s social poet is still a member

of the earliest order of priests. In the old days he made his

pact with the darkness, and now he must interpret the light.

– Pablo Neruda

TBT — A Newly Found Trophy   Leave a comment

Thanksgiving 2009A Newly Found Trophy — Image by kenne

Pulling tight on the leash

In a tightening stance

Like a newly found trophy.

Or, is it pulling tight

On the leash

In a getaway stance

Like a distance imperative?

– kenne

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