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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Aqua Poetica (Water; Am I) Parts I - X


I
Water

It is a sentence all by itself
Subject, verb and predicate
Water is the stuff of life
Water, Am I

Water

II
Water

Held together in a fragile web
Of membranes, of cell walls
Permeable tissues, some hard
As dense as bone, others soft
As malleable as the wetted
Tongue
Water is me

Water
III
Water

Two gasses; oxygen,
Hydrogen, elements
Bonded in the valence
The weak electro-link
A current, the energy
Forming the template
Of life’s first moment

Water

IV

Water

The crèche within which
Our carbon atoms nest
Metamorphosis…they respire
Become bacteria, and breathe
In water, amoeba, and later
Much later…become we
Creatures, all animated
Appetites, and moving desires

Water

V

Water

Without which I am nothing
It defines the extent of me
The parameters of my being
I mean this literally, technically
I take up more and less space
Physically, in direct proportion to
How much water I carry inside of me
My body’s water tells the tale
I plump up as I retain it, and
I wither when it evaporates

Water

VI

Water

Healthy when balanced
When well measured it flows
It defines the extent of me, of us
The limits of the flesh, yes
And of where the flesh may go
I cannot live far from it
No human can, neither grass,
Nor tree, not a flower
Or fungus either

Water

VII

Water

Some living things are immersed in it
No form of life can live apart from it
That we know of
Every eco-system is formed by it
On our world
Every social-system as well
From the insignificant Bacterium
To us…the word weaving, world
Wandering Homo Sapiens Sapient

Water

VIII

Water

There will have to be water
When we fly upward, outward
Fly to the moon, to Mars
We will carry water with us
When we journey to the stars

Water

IX

Water

From spring through autumn
I water, my garden every day
From the same pipe I draw
Water to clean, cook, drink
Water my body, warm shower
Water, falling from the spigot
Like the summer rain

Water

X

Water

My city provides it
Meters my use of it
An endless supply
Of water, I could fill
Pools with water
It costs almost nothing

Minneapolis is a city of
Water, of lakes, streams
Rivers, we are rich with
Water, fat with water, wet
Green, and blue, like jewels
Scattered on the plains
In the wake of glaciers
Melting in retreat

Water



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Water; Am I (Aqua Poetica) Part X

Water

My city provides it
Meters my use of it
An endless supply
Of water, I could fill
Pools with water
It costs almost nothing

Minneapolis is a city of
Water, of lakes, streams
Rivers, we are rich with
Water, fat with water, wet
Green, and blue, like jewels
Scattered on the plains
In the wake of glaciers
Melting in retreat

Water


p.10 – Aqua Poetica

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Homily – The Gospel of Luke 9:51-62 ©

 The Gospel of the Day – 2016.06.26

The Church of God

As the time drew near for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely took the road for Jerusalem and sent messengers ahead of him. These set out, and they went into a Samaritan village to make preparations for him, but the people would not receive him because he was making for Jerusalem. Seeing this, the disciples James and John said, ‘Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?’ But he turned and rebuked them, and they went off to another village.

As they travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’

Another to whom he said, ‘Follow me’, replied, ‘Let me go and bury my father first.’ But he answered, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’

Another said, ‘I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say goodbye to my people at home.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’

(NJB)

Who is Worthy?

Reflect on this passage from Luke.

Have some empathy for Jesus. The road that the prophet walks is a lonely road. Even those closest to him are rebuked, because they do not understand his mission.

Jesus has been out in the countryside, preaching outside Judea; in the wider region of Palestine, and when he turns his eye toward Jerusalem, toward the completion of his mission the Samaritans reject him.

Jesus, who had opened his ministry to everyone, encounters the sectarianism he is working to dissolve. It is a sorrowful moment.

James and John, the “Sons of Thunder,” offer to rain destruction on the Samaritan village as a penalty. Jesus rebukes them, they are his companions, they have been travelling with him for nearly three years, and they still do not understand the works of mercy he is engaged in.

Jesus then encounters a sequence of people who are all seemingly willing to follow him, but they are busy, they have obligations. For them the time is not now.

Jesus laments.

Little has changed for human beings since his time. The divine work that Christians have been commissioned to undertake; that work requires a full commitment, and the understanding that at its heart there must be mercy.

Mercy, the easiest thing of all to forget when you are angry, lonely, tired, hungry and feeling slighted.

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Brexit…Exit Common Sense - Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

06.25.2016

The Brexit…Exit Common Sense

We are in a place that our culture has not occupied in my lifetime. By our culture I mean, our American-Western-European culture.

We are in a place of nonsense, of anti-intellectualism, of abject denial, of absurdity.

We are in a place where the average person knows nothing about their government, economics, science, and they imagine themselves as being wiser than people who have studies these things their entire life. 
    
      The masses are shouting that the earth is flat, and the universe less than 10,000 years old.
·         
      There are no such things as greenhouse gasses-global warming is a myth.   
·         
     Nicotine does not cause cancer – go ahead and vape.
·        
     Walt Disney faked the moon landing.

          My religion is better than yours (even though no-one can ever know the truth).
·        
     My book is more authentic (even though it is all mythology).
·         
     My Christian witness more faithful (because I hate in the name of Jesus).

This week the people of The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union because they had been fed a lie about how their membership in that international organization was holding them back. 

The majority of those voting to leave were old, poor, uneducated, rural voters who were being told that their future prosperity, their retirement security, their access to health care depended on their “going it alone.”

The following day global markets plunged, the English pound fell to a fifty year low. The people that were lying to them about how much money would be freed to flow into the health care system, came on T.V. and admitted that those claims were false.

Millions of those who voted to exit the E.U., for Britain to leave, to “brexit”- broke it, finding themselves bereft of common sense – they want their vote back, but there is no redo.

Their Prime Minister; David Cameron called for the referendum as a gamble. He never wanted to leave the E.U., he called for the vote because he thought he would win, and thereby silence the critics of globalization and modernity.

He lost and now he has resigned.

Millions of young, college educated, urban voters have been left out in the cold. They are facing another decade of recession, they are no longer free to travel, to work, to go to school, to develop new relationships, to find spouses, to raise families anywhere in Europe. They are holed up on their island; in despair.

Now Scotland wants to leave the U.K., and Northern Ireland, and France is talking about “frexit,” the Netherlands are talking about “nexit,” generations of work to make Europe a safe and inclusive place, to set aside war and conflict in favor of open borders, and free trade. That work is gone, set aside, undone.

There in Europe, and here in America, those masses of people our speaking from a place of fear, and imagined insecurity. They are afraid of immigrants, they are afraid of education, they want guns to protect themselves from the “other”, and to win the lottery. When they have more to fear from the gun in their own home, and their possibility of being struck by lightning is greater than the chance that they will pull the Powerball.

Wake up America…


Wake up and vote…

Emergence: Section Four, Kathy; Collected Parts


Emergence:
Section Four, Kathy
Part Twenty-two, Childhood
Collected Chapters
Section 04, Kathy
Part 22, Childhood
Chapters
01 Memory
02 Memories
03 Remembering
04 Knowledge
05 Knowing
06 Understanding
07 Expressing
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

Childhood; Part Twenty-two,
Chapter One: Memory  
Pt. 22, Ch. 01
Kathy lived in two worlds; one, her senses; two, the larger world of memory. Memory spoke to her in word and vision.
#Emergence

Childhood; Part Twenty-two,
Chapter Two: Memories
Pt. 22, Ch. 02
There were hidden places within her, languages, no one spoke. There was love, and pain, and the promise of becoming.
#Emergence

Childhood; Part Twenty-two,
Chapter Three: Remembering
Pt. 22, Ch. 03
Memories came unbidden; and understanding from her ancestors, deciphering events, answering questions in an instant.
#Emergence

Childhood; Part Twenty-two,
Chapter Four: Knowledge  
Pt. 22, Ch. 04
The new was surreal to Kathy, like watching movies in a blurry, off-axis context; voices inside her, shaping events.
#Emergence

Childhood; Part Twenty-two,
Chapter Five: Knowing
Pt. 22, Ch. 05
Knowing came unbidden, filling her at quantum speed; the meanings of symbols, and of histories, filtered in no-time.
#Emergence

Childhood; Part Twenty-two,
Chapter Six: Understanding    
Pt. 22, Pt. 06
Comprehension came from outside time and space; trillions of points of light drawn into the concrescence of insight.
#Emergence

Childhood; Part Twenty-two,
Chapter Seven: Expressing

Pt. 22, Ch. 07
Kathy played, sang, spoke in her own voice, sensing the multitude guiding her fingers, brushes, pen, and her tongue.
#Emergence

Emergence:
Section Four, Kathy
Part Twenty-three, Prodigy
Collected Chapters
Section 04, Kathy
Part 23, Prodigy
Chapters
01 A Funny Child
02 A Strange Child
03 A Frightening Child
04 Discipline
05 Conformity
06 Quietude
07 Other
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

Prodigy; Part Twenty-three,
Chapter One: A Funny Child  
Pt. 23, Ch. 01
Kathy loved jokes, even as an infant she picked up the punch lines. It was the first thing to mark her as different.
#Emergence

Prodigy; Part Twenty-three,
Chapter Two: A Strange Child
Pt. 23, Ch. 02
Kathy was quiet, observant. She did not flit about randomly like babies do. She was focused, balanced, and cautious.
#Emergence

Prodigy; Part Twenty-three,
Chapter Three: A Frightening Child
Pt. 23, Ch. 03
From crawling, to a walk, to dancing in months; Kathy never spoke until she was able to speak in complete sentences.
#Emergence

Prodigy; Part Twenty-three,
Chapter Four: Discipline  
Pt. 23, Ch. 04
Direction came from within; memories, ancestral voices focused her. Plans formed spontaneously to realize her goals.
#Emergence

Prodigy; Part Twenty-three,
Chapter Five: Conformity
Pt. 23, Ch. 05
Kathy mastered tasks without effort. Only muscle memory took time; the skill of blending in, hiding her differences.
#Emergence

Prodigy; Part Twenty-three,
Chapter Six: Quietude    
Pt. 23, Pt. 06
To get along; Kathy had to be silent, listen, to wait, to let the others fail; success for her was a private affair.
#Emergence

Prodigy; Part Twenty-three,
Chapter Seven: Other

Pt. 23, Ch. 07
Kathy was young when she realized she was different. Her parents were afraid, afraid for her. She was like an alien.
#Emergence

Emergence:
Section Four, Kathy
Part Twenty-four, Adolescence
Collected Chapters
Section 04, Kathy
Part 24, Adolescence
Chapters
01 Anger
02 Doubt
03 Disturbance
04 Rage
05 Refuge
06 Attraction
07 Sexuality
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

Prodigy; Part Twenty-three,
Chapter One: A Funny Child  
Pt. 23, Ch. 01
Kathy loved jokes, even as an infant she picked up the punch lines. It was the first thing to mark her as different.
#Emergence

Prodigy; Part Twenty-three,
Chapter Two: A Strange Child
Pt. 23, Ch. 02
Kathy was quiet, observant. She did not flit about randomly like babies do. She was focused, balanced, and cautious.
#Emergence

Prodigy; Part Twenty-three,
Chapter Three: A Frightening Child
Pt. 23, Ch. 03
From crawling, to a walk, to dancing in months; Kathy never spoke until she was able to speak in complete sentences.
#Emergence

Prodigy; Part Twenty-three,
Chapter Four: Discipline  
Pt. 23, Ch. 04
Direction came from within; memories, ancestral voices focused her. Plans formed spontaneously to realize her goals.
#Emergence

Prodigy; Part Twenty-three,
Chapter Five: Conformity
Pt. 23, Ch. 05
Kathy mastered tasks without effort. Only muscle memory took time; the skill of blending in, hiding her differences.
#Emergence

Prodigy; Part Twenty-three,
Chapter Six: Quietude    
Pt. 23, Pt. 06
To get along; Kathy had to be silent, listen, to wait, to let the others fail; success for her was a private affair.
#Emergence

Prodigy; Part Twenty-three,
Chapter Seven: Other

Pt. 23, Ch. 07
Kathy was young when she realized she was different. Her parents were afraid, afraid for her. She was like an alien.
#Emergence

Emergence:
Section Four, Kathy
Part Twenty-four, Adolescence
Collected Chapters
Section 04, Kathy
Part 24, Adolescence
Chapters
01 Anger
02 Doubt
03 Disturbance
04 Rage
05 Refuge
06 Attraction
07 Sexuality
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

Adolescence; Part Twenty-four,
Chapter One: Anger
Pt. 24, Ch. 01
Understanding does little to quell the rank emotions rising from the chemical miasma, which every youth experiences.
#Emergence

Adolescence; Part Twenty-four,
Chapter Two: Doubt
Pt. 24, Ch. 02
As a child Kathy acted with sureness; maturing, she was paralyzed by insecurity. Am I insane, she thought, who am I.
#Emergence

Adolescence; Part Twenty-four,
Chapter Three: Disturbance
Pt. 24, Ch. 03
From resentment she lashed out at her teachers. Between the ages of nine and fifteen her family moved a dozen times.
#Emergence

Adolescence; Part Twenty-four,
Chapter Four: Rage  
Pt. 24, Ch. 04
Kathy burned with hatred; deep in her belly. There was no talking it away. She turned the heat, and violence inward.
#Emergence

Adolescence; Part Twenty-four,
Chapter Five: Refuge
Pt. 24, Ch. 05
Kathy learned to separate from her emotions, finding peace in meditation taking her outside of her body; to release.
#Emergence

Prodigy; Part Twenty-three,
Chapter Six: Attraction   
Pt. 24, Pt. 06
Kathy found distraction in passion; lost herself in beautiful people; in their present, uncritical careless delight.
#Emergence

Adolescence; Part Twenty-four,
Chapter Seven: Sexuality

Pt. 24, Ch. 07
An orgasm took Kathy to a place beyond time, from her first lover, to her last; then looking to herself for release.
#Emergence

Emergence:
Section Four, Kathy
Part Twenty-five, Abnormal
Collected Chapters
Section 04, Kathy
Part 25, Abnormal
Chapters
01 School
02 Testing
03 Sequestered
04 Institutionalized
05 Experiment
06 Psychic
07 Think Tank
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

Abnormal; Part Twenty-five,
Chapter One: School
Pt. 25, Ch. 01
At age five Kathy’s parents placed her in a private tutelage. They were unnerved by her manners, and feared for her.
#Emergence

Abnormal; Part Twenty-five,
Chapter Two: Testing
Pt. 25, Ch. 02
All of Kathy’s tutors had a pattern; first delighted, then scared. They tested her, wrote about, then exploited her.
#Emergence

Abnormal; Part Twenty-five,
Chapter Three: Sequestered
Pt. 25, Ch. 03
At age ten, Kathy was not with tutors, but with doctors, and clergy entrusted to guard her education. She was alone.
#Emergence

Abnormal; Part Twenty-five,
Chapter Four: Institutionalized  
Pt. 25, Ch. 04
It took time to find a spot for Kathy; a home for prodigies, a front for National Security, a betrayal. It was safe.
#Emergence

Abnormal; Part Twenty-five,
Chapter Five: Experiment
Pt. 25, Ch. 05
Kathy read, listened, watched. She studied; took tests and was tested, probed, examined for limits of her knowledge.
#Emergence

Abnormal; Part Twenty-five,
Chapter Six: Psychic   
Pt. 25, Pt. 06
Kathy’s handlers had not considered the term “ordinary psychic.” The depth of her gift required that classification.
#Emergence

Abnormal; Part Twenty-five,
Chapter Seven: Think Tank

Pt. 25, Ch. 07
Kathy’s moods normalized with age. Her gifts with analyzing data grew exponentially. Institutions formed around her.
#Emergence

Emergence:
Section Four, Kathy
Part Twenty-six, Adulthood
Collected Chapters
Section 04, Kathy
Part 26, Adulthood
Chapters
01 A Place in the World
02 Valued
03 Work
04 Career
05 National Security
06 Religion
07 Writing
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

Adulthood; Part Twenty-six,
Chapter One: A Place in the World
Pt. 26, Ch. 01
Kathy’s sensitivity to motive was profound. Millions were spent to mask them, to foster in her a sense of belonging.
#Emergence

Adulthood; Part Twenty-six,
Chapter Two: Valued
Pt. 26, Ch. 02
At work everything was contrived, scripted meant to make Kathy feel safe, loved. Over time the false front vanished.
#Emergence

Adulthood; Part Twenty-six,
Chapter Three: Work
Pt. 26, Ch. 03
The analysts came daily. Kathy listened, read papers, watched film, and shared insight from the depth of her memory.
#Emergence

Adulthood; Part Twenty-six,
Chapter Four: Career  
Pt. 26, Ch. 04
Kathy loved problem solving. Helping people pleased her; the greater the complexity, and length of time, the better.
#Emergence

Adulthood; Part Twenty-six,
Chapter Five: National Security
Pt. 26, Ch. 05
Kathy’s focus was narrow. Her handlers limited what they asked her, fearing that she would expose their own secrets.
#Emergence

Adulthood; Part Twenty-six,
Chapter Six: Religion   
Pt. 26, Pt. 06
Religious conflict shaped the 20th century and Kathy’s input was invaluable. Her memory produced volumes of insight.
#Emergence

Adulthood; Part Twenty-six,
Chapter Seven: Writing

Pt. 26, Ch. 07
Her handlers engaged Kathy through writing; submitted questions. She wrote papers giving detail, context, and depth.
#Emergence

Emergence:
Section Four, Kathy
Part Twenty-seven, Isolated
Collected Chapters
Section 04, Kathy
Part 27, Isolated
Chapters
01 Art
02 Music
03 Dance
04 Diet
05 Academic
06 Recluse
07 Travel
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

Isolated; Part Twenty-seven,
Chapter One: Art
Pt. 27, Ch. 01
Kathy journeyed inside herself; learning muscle control, and the sense to give life to the memories she wandered in.
#Emergence

Isolated; Part Twenty-seven,
Chapter Two: Music
Pt. 27, Ch. 02
Music was the most difficult for Kathy; it changed so little over time. The beating drums told thousands of stories.
#Emergence

Isolated; Part Twenty-seven,
Chapter Three: Dance
Pt. 27, Ch. 03
Lost in the drum, in a movement, in moments flowing from the present into past ages. Kathy stepped without thinking.
#Emergence

Isolated; Part Twenty-seven,
Chapter Four: Diet  
Pt. 27, Ch. 04
Flavors and odors haunted her. Kathy found solace in the bland; modern, processed food, foreign to human experience.
#Emergence

Isolated; Part Twenty-seven,
Chapter Five: Academic
Pt. 27, Ch. 05
In time; Kathy was allowed a semblance of a normal life. She was placed in a small college; did research, and wrote.
#Emergence

Isolated; Part Twenty-seven,
Chapter Six: Recluse   
Pt. 27, Pt. 06
Even though Kathy had developed the ability to ward off psychic intrusions; nevertheless, she preferred to be alone.
#Emergence

Isolated; Part Twenty-seven,
Chapter Seven: Travel

Pt. 27, Ch. 07
Her handlers wanted Kathy close to them. Now, with everyone linked by satellite her autonomy increased. She took it.
#Emergence

Emergence:
Section Four, Kathy
Part Twenty-eight, Encounter
Collected Chapters
Section 04, Kathy
Part 28, Encounter
Chapters
01 Watched
02 Correspondence
03 Conversation
04 Meeting
05 A Man Like No Other
06 Desire
07 Jim
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

Encounter; Part Twenty-eight,
Chapter One: Watched
Pt. 28, Ch. 01
Kathy felt as if she was being followed by a man was not connected to the agency. His face evoked powerful memories.
#Emergence

Encounter; Part Twenty-eight,
Chapter Two: Correspondence
Pt. 28, Ch. 02
Kathy ignored the fact that the letter in her box was not stamped or metered. She read it; entering into conspiracy.
#Emergence

Encounter; Part Twenty-eight,
Chapter Three: Conversation
Pt. 28, Ch. 03
The phone rang, the man spoke to her in a language dead for 2,000 years. Her heart raced; knowing she was not alone.
#Emergence

Encounter; Part Twenty-eight,
Chapter Four: Meeting  
Pt. 28, Ch. 04
They met at a café that Kathy frequented. It was a busy place, and it was not unusual for strangers to sit together.
#Emergence

Encounter; Part Twenty-eight,
Chapter Five: A Man Like No Other
Pt. 28, Ch. 05
Kathy was at ease with Jim; his soothing voice, she came right out of her memories, and she could not read his mind.
#Emergence

Encounter; Part Twenty-eight,
Chapter Six: Desire   
Pt. 28, Pt. 06
It was the first time; she encountered a human she could not fathom, all she wanted to do was absorb herself in him.
#Emergence

Encounter; Part Twenty-eight,
Chapter Seven: Jim

Pt. 28, Ch. 07
Kathy felt peaceful, and comforted; being with Jim. His mind was still. He was an ancient person, and she loved him.
#Emergence