Twisted Wire In Doubtful Canyon   Leave a comment

Twisted Wire In Doubtful Canyon — Image by kenne

Southwest Ridge
 
When the sun rises over the mountains,
the air is still cool,
                   meaning that by the end of the day,
                                          when the sun has crossed
                         the main ridge and gives light to
                                    the other side the air is hot
                                                             ­    and dry.
                   This means that trees growing on the
                                         northeast face of any given
                         mountains flourish, while the southwest face
                                                        is generally left barren-

              there are, however, always a few brave
                                    tufts of foliage
                         who dare to challenge the
                                                       infernal heat
                                        and survive.

                                                       ­                                      so too,
                                                            ­                        with people.

— JC Lucas

Glissando   2 comments

House of Heart

It was cold as death in our flat above the bar, the streets a hunting ground for wolves.

In dreams we could swim among the white caps, chase each other passed the sea oats to the dunes.

You with your gun on the night stand never seeing the palms fronds swaying in the wind.

We have vanished in lines on paper. Take my hand I will lift you up.

.

Dark skies rain down
over fading flowers
resurrecting them
day after day

submerged petals
seeped in sorrow
vain keepsakes

broken winged sparrows
taken by the wind
never to sing again

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The American Dream…#330   Leave a comment

Another take on the American Dream. — kenne

The Last Chapter

Image result for the american dream

The American Dream

There was a time when  life flowed

Slowly like a perfect meadow stream,

Fresh was the air, blue was the sky,

And everyone had a chance to live the

American dream.

These things that use to be will never

Come again, we have put a hole in the 

Sky, all because of our selfish greed, we

Are destroying earth out of self-seeking

Hunger for the things that we really do

Not need.

The sky is no longer clearly blue, only

A dingy hue, the rivers and streams are

Filled with debris, between Heaven

And earth a cloud of toxic waste, yes

We are destroying this planet and doing

So with increasing speed.

Our wetlands are taken away sold to build 

Summer a get-away, gone are the lands, 

Forest and streams that wildlife was free to

 Roam, today it is where greedy people build 

Million dollar homes.

Listen…

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Capturing the Moment — A Friend Along the Trail   Leave a comment

Before moving to Tucson in June of 2010, I had never seen an Eastern Collared Lizard. This image was taken on April 9, 2011. The colors are impressive. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Eastern Collared Lizard — Image by kenne

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Explore, Dream, Discover   Leave a comment

Becoming is Superior to Being

Explore, Dream, Discover — Image by kenne

“Every man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds…
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore.
Dream.
Discover.”

– Mark Twain (1835-1910)

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Odi et amo (Zero)   Leave a comment

O at the Edges

zero sign

Odi et amo (zero)

How I fear what you contain.
Reaching through,

I find only more you,
but when I multiply your being,

the result limits me.
I add myself to your body and obtain

only myself. If nothing is something,
how, what, may I claim?

Your beginning and end, a line
become circle, become identity.

I enter, and entering, depart.

zero MGD©

“Odi et amo (Zero)” first appeared on the blog in December 2015, and was published in The Basil O’Flaherty in October 2016.

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Homebound — Pandemic Art   Leave a comment

‘Homebound’ — Pandemic Art  by kenne

The Days Blur

The days blur as we self-quarantine, to make less work for others.
The days blur, the spot on the floor next to my bed, my feet land with a thud
and I am IT director, chef, housekeeper, nurse, and tele-worker all before 9am.
The days blur, my hand on backs, foreheads, my ears alert for coughing,
thermometer at the hip like a gunslinger.
The days blur, I touch my husband, so I don’t forget what it feels like.
The days blur from rain or crying, the world a watery vision framed by window panes.
The days blur until it’s midnight, 1am—I’ve waited out the cacophony
of children for a silence smothered in anxiety. Privilege is a house,
the hum of a deep freezer, a steady job.
The days blur and my waistband expands as my mind frays, needing a hem.
The days blur and the wound I am oozes, the scab yet to start.
The days blur and racists fight for the right to be served—humanity is a bauble
and capitalism has slashed the price.
The days blur as COVID types its initials on a new high score and doctors adjust the margins.
The days blur and when I finally walk out my door, the world will be less, not more.

Teri Ellen Cross Davis

Cactus Blossom In The Utah Desert   Leave a comment

Cactus Blossom In The Utah Desert — Image by kenne

I dream of a quiet man
who explains nothing and defends
nothing, but only knows
where the rarest wildflowers
are blooming, and who goes,
and finds that he is smiling
not by his own will. 

― Wendell Berry

Cartoon de jour — The American Civil War Is Still Being Fought!   1 comment

First posted on ‘Becoming is Superior to Being’ April 14, 2011. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Source: Kiko’s House

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Creating The Moment — White Dove of The Desert   Leave a comment

Looking back ten years. This is a photo-artistry piece I did of one of my favorite places to visit in Tucson. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

White Dove of The Desert: Mission San Xavier del Bac — Image by kenne

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Canyonlands Wildflowers   Leave a comment

Canyonlands Wildflowers — Image by kenne

“A flower blooming in the desert proves to the world that adversity,
no matter how great, can be overcome.”

― Matshona Dhliwayo

 

Days Of Drought In April   Leave a comment

Coyote Fence — Photo-Artistry by kenne

  April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.
Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee
With a shower of rain; we stopped in the colonnade,
And went on in sunlight, into the Hofgarten,
And drank coffee, and talked for an hour.
Bin gar keine Russin, stamm’ aus Litauen, echt deutsch.
And when we were children, staying at the arch-duke’s,
My cousin’s, he took me out on a sled,
And I was frightened. He said, Marie,
Marie, hold on tight. And down we went.
In the mountains, there you feel free.
I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.
 
— from The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot
 
 

Mesa Arch In Canyonlands   Leave a comment

Mesa Arch In Canyonlands — Image by kenne

“Canyonlands has more than 80 natural arches but arch hunters often bypass this park in favor of its neighbor, Arches National Park.
Canyonlands’ most famous arch is Mesa Arch in Willow Flat in the Island in the Sky District. It’s a favorite place
to watch the sunrise and photograph the night skies.”
Source — myutahparks.com

Cactus Blossoms   1 comment

Cactus Blossoms — Image by kenne

Even though the southwest is experiencing a mega drought, nature finds a way to continue life cycles.

“Drought conditions in the West, particularly the desert Southwest, have intensified over the past 45 years,
with less precipitation and longer and more frequent dry spells between storms. The Southwestern deserts
that include Tucson were slammed the hardest by far.” Arizona Daily Star

Doubtful Canyon, 360   Leave a comment

Doubtful Canyon, 360 (12-08-12) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Standing In The Eye

Look around
what do you see?

A bright sun
in a blue sky

above a desert
of rocks and sand

surrounded by
mountain ranges —

look again and
you will see life

you can only see
standing in the eye.

— kenne

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