Thursday, January 10, 2013
When I contemplate the power, necessity, and life-giving force of words, I think of water, which comprises most of our world and our bodies.
by Susan L. Lipson
Flow like rivers,
Rivers of rhythm surging,
Surging and burbling and pouring,
Pouring into oceans and lakes and streams,
Streams of thoughts and wishes and desires,
Desires shared by readers who immerse themselves and drink,
Drink their fill of rejuvenating, satiating lexical liquid,
Liquid literature swirling into open minds, the vessels of ideas,
Ideas represented by words that flow,
Flow like rhythmic rivers,
Rivers of words.
Built of closed minds,
Minds in perpetual drought and fear,
Fear the flooding of their foundations,
Foundations that cannot withstand the tides of change,
Change that flows through all,
All open to words,
Words that grow,
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
In the Balance
by Susan L. Lipson
Within the moments between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day,
Hides the paradoxical beauty of Life itself--
Ending juxtaposed with Beginning,
Regrets counterbalanced by Resolutions,
Dropping balls and countdowns launching rising confetti and happy songs.
The heat from the joyful crowd swaying and bouncing in front of a roaring fire
Seems to shudder in a blast of cold air
From an opening and closing door,
And I freeze in the warmth of a hug and a wish for a happy new year
As pained faces flash behind my eyes—
Faces of other friends, not here,
Whose hearts are too heavy now to teeter upward
And find equanimity.
I pray for them silently
While around me plays a soundtrack
Of clinking glasses, raucous laughter, and lively music.
Someone breaks a wine glass,
And I hear, “Oh no, I’m sorry!”
And “No worries! It’s fine!”
As we interrupt the party to collect shards and dry the floor.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
INTROSPECTION enables us to:
Gather all the ideals, practices, and feelings we hold on to;
Reevaluate why we hold onto each one;
Own only those that enrich our souls, our communities, and our
world by evoking our passion, faith, or love;
Walk away from ideals, practices, and feelings which we hold not
out of passion, faith, or love, but merely out of habit.