Cauldron

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Glowing in the darkness

Embers, red and meaty life

Stoked by appetite and need

Crackling bony spines stew in an earthen pot

Ashy fingers grabbing for my lot

Bits of stars, of night thrown in to season the flesh

Hunks of sand, commotion, wind from the east

Throw it all in, don’t measure, none left to waste

Death crouching greedily over all

Pissing liquid fire into the brew

Her hot breathy desire fans the wavering flame

She eats and eats it spills over her chin

She eats and eats and is hungry again.

 

Ma premiere chanson

Avec un doigt sur un piano
Avec ma voix
Autour de quelques mots
J’ai tant joue
Avec ton nom
Que j’ai vu naitre une chanson
J’avais dans mes mains
Ton coeur et le mien
Ce vieux piano revient toujours
Au premier jour
De mon premier amour
Chaque seconde avait ton nom
Et j’ai trouve cette chanson

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no one in this world

there is no one in this world

more perfect for me…

in strings

in horns

in strength

in symmetry

there is no one in this world

more perfect for me…

in love

in anger

in beauty

in generosity

there is no one in this world

more perfect for me…

even so

this song

goes on

longer than our harmony

 

 

 

…for a moment

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two outsiders

used to living life around the edges

and on the edges

brave – for a moment

the wary eyes

the soft pacing round and round

the weathered, gentle paws

the hidden, lethal claws

touching briefly

long hair brushing taut muscle

linked – for a moment

then wheeling around

wind over ground

gone

You

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You

write of motion, always

bridges and fields blurred

wanting an anchor

longing to believe I am the source

and the destination.

but I am not here

I’ve been on this journey for so long

so long

I am not your destination

I am not your source

I am not your mate

I am only the wind, the sand, the shore

salt water that meets you

then pulls away

tide moving with the moods of the moon

loving you

touching you

…and gone.

 

Fire

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The lotus flower is a powerful symbol of enlightenment, self-awareness, rising from suffering, clarity and peace. The blue lotus is unique in that it is known as the lotus that blooms in fire.

At this time in history when everything feels so angry, divided and raw – and many folks are feeling frightened, angry and disillusioned – I have found myself thinking about this lotus and its message, and it has brought me inspiration and strength.

“…The time and place of the opening and blooming of the blue lotus are in the midst of fire and at the time of flames. These sparks and flames are the place and time of the blue lotus opening and blooming.
 
“Know that in a single spark are hundreds of thousands of blue lotuses, blooming in the sky, blooming on the earth, blooming in the past, blooming in the present. Do not drift by this time and place of the blue lotus flower.”
 
-Dōgen Zenji, 1200-1253

Learning to See

A friend of mine shared a great article from the New York Times – Learning to See Dataabout scientists working with perceptual learning as a method of teaching people skills such as flying an airplane. Perceptual learning utilizes our innate pattern-finding skills; skills that are hard-wired into the human brain. These are some of the most elementary parts of our minds that were developed through necessity during millions of years of human evolution. They remained there even as our brains became more and more complex, because we needed them to answer our basic needs – to recognize what to eat, what to hunt, how to navigate our environment, how to tell who was a friend and who might be a potential threat.

Scientists working with perceptual learning, a branch of psychology, are focusing on utilizing these basic skills to train people in much more complex and specific skills. They use a computer game-like module to train people using a relatively simple system – you try and then fail, try and then succeed, and eventually over time, your brain begins to extract meaningful patterns and you start to instantaneously recognize what are the correct and incorrect responses. The ease of such learning is the key: it’s not a rote study-based learning and participants actually gained a higher level of skill and retained it longer than those who learned the same skill using other methods such as study.

From the article: “Perceptual learning is such an elementary skill that people forget they have it. It’s what we use as children to make distinctions between similar-looking letters, like U and V, long before we can read. It’s the skill needed to distinguish an A sharp from a B flat (both the notation and the note), or between friendly insurgents and hostiles in a fast-paced video game. By the time we move on to sentences and melodies and more cerebral gaming — ‘chunking’ the information into larger blocks — we’ve forgotten how hard it was to learn all those subtle distinctions in the first place.”

It’s so exciting to think about how this could impact education as these studies move forward. Think of a teacher telling every student, “you already have the skills you need to learn this,” rather than “you’re a slow learner,” or “you’re not good at math/science/writing.”

A lot of lip service is paid to inclusive principles in education; to evening the playing field for more of our children. What if we could get down to starting with learning from a basis of knowing it’s something most of us can do instinctively, like blinking our eyes? Anyway…I’m not an authority, but it’s fun to think about truly groundbreaking new methods of learning that are based on some of the oldest and most primitive parts of our minds.

…And since I don’t have a picture to go with this story, here’s a really cool video of a chimp knocking a drone out of the sky. Because the world needs more chimps with sticks.