Saturday, April 24, 2010

朝の私を目覚めさせなさい

朝、日光の私を目覚めさせなさいか。 窓を渡って達し、私のまつげで吹くか。私を5つのより多くの分のあなたの暖かさでカールすることを許可しなさいか。

Wake me up in the morning, sunlight?

Reach across the windowsill and blow on my eyelashes?
Let me curl up in your warmth for 5 more minutes?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

sketchbook: untangling thoughts

I sweep through the day or rather the day sweeps through me as time flows faster then my thoughts these days. Busy piles up in the corners, as I try and untangle this wind chime that fell on the ground. It clinks and clanks in resistance to me unbinding the strings as though all they wanted was just to be wrapped around each other. I uncoil the same sentiment lifting chime after chime apart. Clink. Clink. Clink. I remind my projection that the bamboo still holds all those strings together, so they can be more then knots. Untangled, they sing. 

Friday, April 9, 2010

sketchbook: interlude

groggy
Loitering conversations
Chitter chatter
White noise making
Sentences while I
String together my first thoughts.
The landscape for the day:
Dry clouds pushing dark
Then sunlight flushing
golden dismal
into G-d rays
crowning the colors
of this stormy spring
day growing warmer.

Mood
Apparently better then others. Stress the peak of pitch in everyone’s voices except my own.  Cooperatively living! I suckle my coffee cup while I gaze the room, grazing on the momentary landscape of peace. I could so get over stimulated here. Thank goodyness I grew up in a household of five people trying to negotiate each other and our moods. Selective hearing – a fine tuned attribute – keeps my mood a flowing story between the late groggy rise and my attempt to write today.  I feel patient. 


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Reminder: Taking a Few at the Moment

Take A Minute – K’naan


And any man who knows a thing knows
He knows not a damn, damn thing at all
And every time I felt the hurt
And I felt the givin' gettin' me up off the wall

I'm just gonna take a minute and let it ride
I'm just gonna take a minute and let it breeze
I'm just gonna take a minute and let it ride
I'm just gonna take a minute and let it breeze

How did Mandela get the will to surpass the everyday
When injustice had him caged and trapped in every way?
How did Gandhi ever withstand the hunger strikes and all?
Didn't do it to gain power or money if I recall

It's to give, I guess, I'll pass it on
Mother thinks it'll lift the stress of Babylon
Mother knows, my mother she suffered blows
I don't know how we survived such violent episodes

I was so worried and hurt to see you bleed
But as soon as you came out the hospital you gave me sweets
Yeah, they try to take you from me
But you still only gave 'em some prayers and sympathy

Dear mama, you helped me write this
By showing me to give is priceless
And any man who knows a thing knows
He knows not a damn, damn thing at all
And every time I felt the hurt
And I felt the givin' gettin' me up off the wall

I'm just gonna take a minute and let it ride
I'm just gonna take a minute and let it breeze
I'm just gonna take a minute and let it ride
I'm just gonna take a minute and let it breeze

All I can say is the worst is over now
We can serve the hard times, divorce, it's over now
They try to keep us out but they doors is open now
My nigga, Akon is gettin' awards and covers now

This is K'naan and still reppin' the S
Comin' out of Mogadishu and still draped in the mess

And no matter how we strong, homie
It ain't easy comin' out of where we from, homie
And that's the reason why, I could never play for me
Tell 'em the truth is what my dead homies told me

Ooh yeah, I take inspiration from the most heinous of situations
Creating medication out my own tribulations

Dear Africa, you helped me write this
By showing me to give is priceless
And any man who knows a thing knows
He knows not a damn, damn thing at all
And every time I felt the hurt
And I felt the givin' gettin' me up off the wall

I'm just gonna take a minute and let it ride
I'm just gonna take a minute and let it breeze
I'm just gonna take a minute and let it ride

I'm just gonna take a minute and let it breeze
Nothing is perfect man, that's what the world is
All I know is I'm enjoying today

You know 'cause it isn't every day that you get to give

And any man who knows a thing knows
He knows not a damn, damn thing at all
And every time I felt the hurt
And I felt the givin' gettin' me up off the wall

I'm just gonna take a minute and let it ride
I'm just gonna take a minute and let it breeze
I'm just gonna take a minute and let it ride
I'm just gonna take a minute and let it breeze

I got nothin' to complain about
You know where I'm from
You know where I'ma last, so
You know I was flyin' high

I'm just gonna take a minute and let it ride
I'm just gonna take a minute and let it breeze
I'm just gonna take a minute and let it ride
I'm just gonna take a minute and let it breeze

[ K'naan Lyrics are found on www.songlyrics.com ]

Friday, April 2, 2010

tittle

I begin where I left off. One day in front of the other. Step by step I walk through my house, cleaning corners of the dust that lingers there. I wash the curtains in the bathroom. I take out the garbage. My heart reminds my head; sometimes we find symmetry playing opposites you and I. So the mind focuses on the task while the heart sits on the couch, curled into a fetal ball, shedding loss in sweaty layers like a breaking fever. She sometimes skips and smiles and sings because she, the heart, carries the intuition. While stepping outside to take a drag off my cigarette, head turns to heart and says, come outside, take a break with me, I’ll hold you in the sunlight.  Heart digs the sentiment and we step outside. 

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Day blushes warm under the bright sun.

The only thing raining today is me.
Short spurts of down pours,
cascading across my landscape like Noah's flood
and then suddenly as soon as the storm
cracks a thunderous beginning, it ends.
Residuals stain the cheeks like dry river beds.
I could follow the water to its origin,
up the stream through the airy sky at
the base of the iceberg where it all began.
I don't want to though. I simply know
I am the only thing raining today.