Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Good-Morrow

The Good-Morrow
by John Donne

I wonder, by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we loved? Were we not weaned till then?
But sucked on country pleasures, childishly?
Or snorted we in the Seven Sleepers’ den?
’Twas so; but this, all pleasures fancies be.
If ever any beauty I did see,
Which I desired, and got, ’twas but a dream of thee.

And now good-morrow to our waking souls,
Which watch not one another out of fear;
For love, all love of other sights controls,
And makes one little room an everywhere.
Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone,
Let maps to other, worlds on worlds have shown,
Let us possess one world, each hath one, and is one.

My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears,
And true plain hearts do in the faces rest;
Where can we find two better hemispheres,
Without sharp north, without declining west?
Whatever dies, was not mixed equally;
If our two loves be one, or, thou and I
Love so alike, that none do slacken, none can die.




Friday, September 22, 2017

Beck + Call

Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez Jazz...

House of Mercy

I can hear you knockin' on the door.

In Real Time

A friend expressed to me a wish to deal with the happenings of a relationship in real time as they occur. I've been thinking a lot about that.

Is it a matter of ego to hold on to a perspective to the point of devaluing all other possibilities? Two people can have very different perceptions and still both be correct. Why is it so important to be "right" at the expense of someone else?

I like to think I am reasonable and open-minded. I don't want to miss a thing. Thinking back over time though, I am guilty of turning a blind eye to things in the hope that they would take care of themselves. If I had insisted that Sharylin see a doctor about that mole on her abdomen, would she still be alive today? As extreme as that situation is, I think it's an indicator for me. Something so small gets overlooked and it turns out to be the catalyst for some drastic changes.

How do you recognize the importance of such things? While life tests your limits and people test your boundaries, is it possible to maintain a steady course while considering others?

Is it possible to do it in real time?