Breakfast, or: Afternoon

A 'Shadorma' I teach my child to think about words; to break them apart. I say, "Breakfast is 'breaking' your 'fast' when you wake." My child bursts with unexpected insights. One morning, at breakfast, she exclaims, "after- -noon is 'after' 'noon'!" โ€˜What do you seeโ€™ Prompt #161 For Sadjeโ€™s weekly #WDYS prompt, she offers this… Continue reading Breakfast, or: Afternoon

Ruined by liberty of thought…

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. -Albert Einstein (1879 โ€“ 1955) The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil. -Thomas Edison (1847 โ€“ 1931) When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly… Continue reading Ruined by liberty of thought…

The best ideas come as jokes…

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. -William Shakespeare (1564 โ€“ 1616) Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. -Marcus Aurelius (121 โ€“ 180) Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself. -Plato (~423 โ€“ ~347 BCE) If… Continue reading The best ideas come as jokes…

Insight, or: Brevity

An American sentence: Our deepest insights are best expressed with brevity. Truths need few words. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™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… Continue reading Insight, or: Brevity

Helpless, and/or: Intimate

An American sentence: I'm having an intimate encounter with your brain through your eyeballs. Another American sentence: Your brain is helpless to my words' advances. Imagine a green cow. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the… Continue reading Helpless, and/or: Intimate

With, or: Without language

An American sentence: We can think without language, but language lets us know we are thinking. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He… Continue reading With, or: Without language

No good response to ‘faith’ poetry

Poetry Partners Writing creatively online is lovely, an entirely different experience than writing privately for one's self. There is, of course, the encouraging and helpful feedback we receive from fellow writers online, as well as the inspiration and exposure to new concepts we derive from reading their works. These are priceless. Beyond these benefits, I… Continue reading No good response to ‘faith’ poetry