Life, the Universe, or: Everything

My 1st Duodora Oh, you believe that? Well, if it comforts you, that's wonderful. My perception and understanding of Life, the Universe and Everything are different, but you can respect that, right? Oh, you believe in Divine providence? How about the Devil, demons, ghosts, evil spirits, witches, and vampires? More power to you. Those are… Continue reading Life, the Universe, or: Everything

Supporting belief in the tooth fairy

The tooth fairy Our 6½-year-old daughter believes in the tooth fairy, despite the fact that I've casually mentioned to her that goblins, gnomes, witches, fairies, dwarves, dragons, etc. are all imaginary, mythical creatures. She completely understands all of this, but for some reason, the tooth fairy seems to fall into a separate category in her… Continue reading Supporting belief in the tooth fairy

Simians, or: Sapiens

An American sentence: Seeking personal meaning in religion may reveal profound flaws. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that removing the… Continue reading Simians, or: Sapiens

Don’t judge, compare, or try to fix others

Israel means: "Struggle with God" A young rabbi friend of mine once praised me, suggesting that my ongoing contemplations about God, given that I'm an adult in my forties, are a testament to my relationship with God. My back-and-forth struggle with the concept (even though I lean more towards doubt than belief), as he framed… Continue reading Don’t judge, compare, or try to fix others

Not entirely, or: God

An American sentence The Jewish God is not entirely implausible. Still, I'm doubtful. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that removing… Continue reading Not entirely, or: God

Stories, or: Hoary

My 1st waltmarie Comprised of 5 consecutive American sentences Belief in deities helps humans bear their emotional Baggage. Needy, unsteady, we oft succumb to our basal needs and Desires. Floundering, humanity yearns to experience storied Magic. Regrettably, some devotees feel threatened by (s)he who faith Rejects. Love for supernatural beings entirely defies Logic. The waltmarie… Continue reading Stories, or: Hoary

Closer, or: Generations

An Alliterisen Perhaps prayer will work for her Some find wise worshipful words can comfort Whereas worship doesn't do much magic for cynical skeptics, surely she can connect? Should her heart's flowing fantasies supply solace, then that's splendid The Alliterisen The Alliterisen (Complex and Rhyming), a form created by Udit Bhatia, is a simple seven-lined poem… Continue reading Closer, or: Generations