Thoughts on posing no threat.
Wow. This evokes so many resonant thoughts for me. I had a bumper sticker on my old car that said: Be kinder than necessary. I was stopped once by a fundamentalist preacher who thanked me and gave me a rather primitive but earnest painting of his that he just happened to have in his backseat. I removed the sticker when I realized my public hypocrisy in the number of times I'd driven past the homeless sign holders without stopping. I love your comment about how so much of urban culture surrounds the idea of "correcting" the flow of the universe. Oh my yes! That comment reminds me of one such observation in Richard Powers' splendid novel, "Bewilderment", in relation to his autistic son, questions why so much of life needs correction. I loved that book despite its tragic scope, and all of the wonderful nuggets of poetic wisdom in it. Thank you so much for knocking it out of the park once again with this wonderful poem and your thoughts about it.
Thank you for Al-Hayyat’s poem and your essay--both invitations to embrace our true and vulnerable selves in this true and vulnerable earth.
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This is brilliant writing! I found you via: http://jkglei.com/newsletter and I immediately became a paid subscriber. Please keep up the great work! Love the rumination on not locking things up, and a great beat with the smelling fingers after peeling garlic!