A Country Rag ~ Word Preserve Volume 7
Graphic above: Life, acrylic by Jeannette Harris
"And would it have been worth it, after all,
After the cups, the marmalade, the tea,
Among the porcelain, among some talk of you and me,
Would it have been worth while,
To have bitten off the matter with a smile,
To have squeezed the universe into a ball
To roll it toward some overwhelming question,
To say: 'I am Lazarus, come from the dead
Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all'--
If one, settling a pillow by her head,
Should say: 'That is not what I meant at all.
That is not it, at all.'"
The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot
"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles."
-- Isaiah 40:31
"When I put a green, that doesn't signify grass; when I put a blue, that doesn't mean sky.... All my colours sing together, like a chord in music."
-- Henri-Emile-Benoit Matisse (1869-1964)
"This collective crisis is, of course, also reflected in individuals. A plague of dehumanization and despiritualization has descended upon us, with its symptomatic anxiety, depression, aggression, addictions, compulsive materialism and sociopathy. Humanity has truly gone insane, even to the point of committing planetcide, which is functional suicide. We are losing Eden. Egoic materialistic culture with its political and economic philosophies, its governments, corporations, institutional bureaucracies and false psychologies and religions is the metaphorical serpent."
-- "Deepening Stillness" by Bill Walz in Rapid River Magazine, April 2007
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