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Ah! Sunflower!     3 comments

Wild Sunflower, Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

Ah! Sunflower!

Ah! Sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveler’s journey is done;
Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my sunflower wishes to go!

— William Blake

‘On Connection’   Leave a comment

‘On Connection’ delivers a message worth subscribing to

Author extolls the importance of finding meanings in the little things

“On Connection” by Sunday Times-bestselling author Kae Tempest.
Image by JACK PORCARI  
“On Connection” by Sunday Times-bestselling author Kae Tempest.
 
For musician, poet and playwright Kae Tempest, 2020 was a year to ruminate on the small details of life and find meaning in the little things.
 
In their 2020 book-length essay, “On Connection,” Tempest reveals the dangers of a polarized society out of touch with the deeper elements of life. Drawing from personal experiences, excerpts of Carl Jung’s “The Red Book” and William Blake quotes, Tempest argues that creativity — in any form we define — is a pathway to self-discovery, unity and most importantly, connection.“We have lost each other under this selfless system of hyper-competition,” they write. “Music is the great invigorator. Artists don’t make their work to inspire your collusion, your submission or your consumption of their ideals. They serve a purpose that is higher. Bigger. Deeper. Which is why you feel higher, bigger, deeper as you connect with their output.”Advertisement
 
Tempest expresses two prominent themes that call back to Jung’s “The Red Book.” These are the “spirit of the times,” or the egoist elements of oneself, and the “spirit of the depths,” or one’s inner expression of uniqueness. Tempest calls on readers to channel the depths by trying to feel the world around them a little more: they recommend taking a moment to notice the sunset, observe how the people around them are walking in tandem or listen to the sound of life around them:
 
“So
Put your phone down.
Listen to the birds.
Build a fire in a quiet place.
Pay attention to the details when you kiss your lover.”
 
Tempest says these small moments give our spirits the guidance they need: “There are many ways to access a more resonant place. It starts by acknowledging that everything is resonating.”
 
The first time I read “On Connection,” I felt a sudden wave of relief, as if Tempest was accompanying me during my moments of triumph and despair. The book felt less like an essay and more like a roadmap to mindful living; it teaches the reader how to navigate a world that is complex and exploitive, while still being in touch with the beauty of the present moment.
 
This book-length essay is perfect for anyone looking for a change of pace, something that will make readers think about life in a way they wouldn’t have otherwise. Tempest’s writing extends beyond the page, speaking to the spiritual and human truth that at our core, we are all one.
 
Tempest meditates on their past as they create a poignant and empowering narrative of self-acceptance. The author artfully weaves their story into the narrative, which opens doors for readers to reflect on the content on a deeper level.
 
Tempest delivers on their promise of making readers feel a higher, bigger and deeper connection to the truths the author spoke of.

— Jack Porcari is the senior news/features editor and can be reached at jack.porcari@ubspectrum.com

Kae Tempest — Source: Getty

The Lily   2 comments

Water Lily Art — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The Lily

The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,
The humble sheep a threat’ning horn:
While the Lily white shall in love delight,
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.

— William Blake

Nature Is Imagination Itself   Leave a comment

Joshua Tree — Image by kenne

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes
of others only a green thing that stands in the way.
Some see nature all ridicule and deformity…
and some scarce see nature at all.
But to the eyes of the man of imagination,
nature is imagination itself.”

— William Blake

Ah! Sunflower   1 comment

Photo-Artistry by kenne

Ah! Sunflower

Ah! sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done;

Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves and aspire;
Where my sunflower wishes to go.

— William Blake

Posted September 3, 2020 by kenneturner in Art, Information, Photo-Artistry, Poetry

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Bee On A Wildflower — Grunge Art   Leave a comment

Bee on Flawer Grunge Art blogBee On A Wildflower (Fleabane)– Grunge Art by kenne

To see a world in a grain of sand
and heaven in a wild flower
hold infinity in the palms of your hand
and eternity in an hour.

— William Blake

 

Two Rock Climbers In Zion National Park   Leave a comment

Rock Climbers blogTwo Rock Climbers in Zion National Park Above Zion Ledge. — Images by kenne

The bird a nest,

the spider a web,

man friendship.

— William Blake

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