Monthly Archives: February 2015

Perfect fit

Perfect fit Words sit imprecisely on their written forms. When you see “blubber” what do you make of it? Does it make you think of the dark blue glide of whales through the stomachs of the oceans? Or of the … Continue reading

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Nimble mind

Nimble mind     From the page of the book where the ancient city of Uruk is described, the nimble mind flits into the air to settle in the kitchen on a freshly plucked bean. Up close it can be … Continue reading

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Dangerous emotions

Dangerous emotions   He moved into unfamiliar terrain: human emotions, friendship, and the word “love” that was ubiquitous like telephone poles along the road. He kept the car’s windows closed, wary of intrusions by friendships, familiarity, trust, admiration, and above … Continue reading

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Suburb in Gauteng

Suburb in Gauteng     Down the street I walk and meet seven trees before I turn back. I hear a dog bark noncommitally and a car passes. Three or four starlings perch on the telephone wire. The sun shines, … Continue reading

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Octavio Paz beleef ‘n oomblik

Pequena variacion     Como una música resucitada – ¿quién la despierta allá, del otro lado Uit: Arbol adentro p 550   Effense verandering Soos ‘n stuk musiek wat herleef wie wek dit op, daar aan die anderkant wie lei … Continue reading

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Embody

Embody Take some water a few handfuls of elements and chemicals; carbon, calcium, nitrogen and so forth. Put it together in the pattern my parents provided, and you have the body I live in. I don’t know how you do … Continue reading

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The mathematics of thinking

The mathematics of thinking   The length of your thought, unfurled in the air, I measure with the breadth of my gaze. The depth of your thought, plunging in front of me, I measure with the height of my mind. … Continue reading

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