On The Music Box – “I am a Bird now” ~ Antony & The Johnsons
Sunday afternoon… It is hailing, raining and snowing in Portland. The winter that last forever!… actually all the buds are coming into bloom. Just got back from visiting John & Sebong over near Multnomah Village. Spencer is coming by later, on his way to South America. Everything is in flux, and raised up, poised in some obscure moment of beauty. The birds are all back, the squirrel raids the bird feeder, the dog chases the squirrel and the old cat sleeps on the couch. You step outside, and you can smell the earth, slowly warming. Clouds stream across the sky, and the sun is sweet when you see it, unlike the deep summer sun, this one promises so much.
There is this sweetness; love is all around permeating. The earth is moving to it, and friends come calling by, children are being born and the days grow longer.
I am having powerful urges to paint. I found my palette shifting over to burnt umbers, and raw sienna. I haven’t visited those colours in nearly 12 years. I think it will be a bit of fun. I am getting the urge to put the forms of people in what has been focused on the inner sun and planets for the longest time. Changes, coming down the pike.
There are those moments, and this seems to be one of them.
In all things, Love.
The OysterBand – Molly Bond
Love’s Alchemy – The Poetry of John Donne
OysterBand – “Everywhere I Go”
Jean-Léon Gérôme – Art
The OysterBand – Molly Bond
-compiled by John Wortabet
To carry a heavy rock to the summit of a mountain is easier than to receive a kindness which is flaunted.
The bane of a generous action is to mention it.
It is better to refuse a kindness than to be reminded of it.
I would not accept the whole world if I were to suffer the humiliation of being constantly reminded of the gift.
To bestow and flaunt a kindness, and to be stingy and refuse to do an act of kindness, are equally bad.
When you do a kindness hide it, and when a kindness is done to you proclaim it.
Do good, and throw it into the sea.
All speculative research ends in perplexing uncertainty.
I sought in the great sea of theoretical learning a bottom on which to standand found nothing but one wave dashing me against another.
After a lifetime of research and learning, I amassed nothing but such phrases as: “It is said,” or “They say.”
O erring reason, I am sick of thee! I take a single step and thou movest a whole mile away from me.
The object sought in abstruse study is either a truth which cannot be known, or a vain thing which it is useless to know.
Most thoughts are wishes.
The thoughts of the wise are more trustworthy than the convictions of fools.
Do not confuse opinions with certainties.
If you are doubtful of a thing let it alone.
Remove doubts by enquiry.
A thing that is heard is not like a thing that is seen.
Do not believe all that you hear.
It is not wise to be sure of a thing only because you think so.
Where there is much difference of opinion it is difficult to know the truth.
To think well of others is a religious duty.
He who thinks well of others is a happy man.
He who has an evil thing in him thinks all men are like him.
If a man think well of you, make his thought true.
A poet says: “It was my habit to think well of others until experience taught me otherwise.”
Be well with God and fear nothing.
Most men think well of themselves, and this is self-delusion.
Wisdom, Prudence, Experience
Reason is a light in the heart which distinguishes between truth and error.
A wise man sees with his heart what a fool does not see with his eyes.
Men should be judged according to their lights (reason).
A wise man is not he who considers how he may get out of an evil, but he who sees that he does not fall into it.
Actions are judged by their endings. If you desire a thing, consider its end.
A man cannot be wise without experience.
No wise man will be bitten twice from the same den.
No boon is so remunerative as reason.
Long experience is an addition to mind.
Consideration may take the place of experience.
A wise man is he who has been taught by experience.
One word is sufficient to the wise man.
A cheap offer makes a wise purchaser wary.
He who considers consequences will attain his object, and he who does not carefully think on them, evil will be sure to overtake him.
Everything has need of reason, and reason has need of experience.
Mind and experience are like water and earth co-operatingneither of which alone can bring forth a flower.
Reason and anxious thought are inseparable.
A wise man is never happy. (For in much wisdom is much grief, and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.Eccles. i. 18.)
Ignorance is the greatest poverty.
Ignorance is death in life.
There is no evil so great as ignorance.
Folly is an incurable disease.
A foolish man is like an old garment, which if you patch it in one place becomes rent in many other places.
It is just as allowable to blame a blind man for want of sight as to blame a fool for his folly.
To bear the folly of a fool is indeed a great hardship.
The best way to treat a fool is to shun him.
The fool is an enemy to himselfhow can he then be a friend to others?
An ignorant man is highly favoured, for he casts away the burden of life, and does not vex his soul with thoughts of time and eternity.
The most effectual preacher to a man is himself. A man never turns away from his passions unless the rebuke comes from himself to himself.
Silence, Guarded Speech
Wise men are silent.
Silence is often more eloquent than words.
Be not hasty with your tongue. If words are silver, silence is gold.
Not all that is known should be said.
Silence is a wise thing, but they who observe it are few.
When the mind becomes large speech becomes little.
Restrain your tongue from saying anything but what is good.
An unguarded word may do you great harm.
A man who talks much is open to much blame.
The most faulty of men are they that are most loquacious in matters which do not concern them.
To guard his tongue is one of the best traits in a man’s character.
Man is saved from much evil if he guard his tongue.
The tongue is a lion which must be chained, and a sharp sword which must be sheathed.
Nothing on earth is so deserving of a long imprisonment as the tongue.
Beware of saying anything of which you may be ashamed.
It is better to regret a thing which you did not say than a thing which you did say.
A slip of the foot is safer than a slip of the tongue. A false step may break a bone which can be set, but a slip of the tongue cannot be undone.
A thrust of the tongue is sharper than the thrust of a lance.
A word may cause much trouble, destroy a home, or open a grave.
A great tree grows out of a small seed.
The difference between loquacity and silence is like the difference between the noisy frog and the silent whale.
Wisdom is made up of ten partsnine of which are silence, and the tenth is brevity of language.
A man conceals his ignorance by his silence.
He who says what he should not say, will have to hear what he would not like to hear.
He who talks much does little.
What is said at night the day blots out.
Love’s Alchemy – The Poetry of John Donne
Some that have deeper digg’d love’s mine than I,
Say, where his centric happiness doth lie;
I have lov’d, and got, and told,
But should I love, get, tell, till I were old,
I should not find that hidden mystery.
Oh, ’tis imposture all!
And as no chemic yet th’elixir got,
But glorifies his pregnant pot
If by the way to him befall
Some odoriferous thing, or medicinal,
So, lovers dream a rich and long delight,
But get a winter-seeming summer’s night.
Our ease, our thrift, our honour, and our day,
Shall we for this vain bubble’s shadow pay?
Ends love in this, that my man
Can be as happy’as I can, if he can
Endure the short scorn of a bridegroom’s play?
That loving wretch that swears
‘Tis not the bodies marry, but the minds,
Which he in her angelic finds,
Would swear as justly that he hears,
In that day’s rude hoarse minstrelsy, the spheres.
Hope not for mind in women; at their best
Sweetness and wit, they’are but mummy, possess’d.
Come live with me, and be my love,
And we will some new pleasures prove
Of golden sands, and crystal brooks,
With silken lines, and silver hooks.
There will the river whispering run
Warm’d by thy eyes, more than the sun;
And there the ‘enamour’d fish will stay,
Begging themselves they may betray.
When thou wilt swim in that live bath,
Each fish, which every channel hath,
Will amorously to thee swim,
Gladder to catch thee, than thou him.
If thou, to be so seen, be’st loth,
By sun or moon, thou dark’nest both,
And if myself have leave to see,
I need not their light having thee.
Let others freeze with angling reeds,
And cut their legs with shells and weeds,
Or treacherously poor fish beset,
With strangling snare, or windowy net.
Let coarse bold hands from slimy nest
The bedded fish in banks out-wrest;
Or curious traitors, sleeve-silk flies,
Bewitch poor fishes’ wand’ring eyes.
For thee, thou need’st no such deceit,
For thou thyself art thine own bait:
That fish, that is not catch’d thereby,
Alas, is wiser far than I.
Where, like a pillow on a bed
A pregnant bank swell’d up to rest
The violet’s reclining head,
Sat we two, one another’s best.
Our hands were firmly cemented
With a fast balm, which thence did spring;
Our eye-beams twisted, and did thread
Our eyes upon one double string;
So to’intergraft our hands, as yet
Was all the means to make us one,
And pictures in our eyes to get
Was all our propagation.
As ‘twixt two equal armies fate
Suspends uncertain victory,
Our souls (which to advance their state
Were gone out) hung ‘twixt her and me.
And whilst our souls negotiate there,
We like sepulchral statues lay;
All day, the same our postures were,
And we said nothing, all the day.
If any, so by love refin’d
That he soul’s language understood,
And by good love were grown all mind,
Within convenient distance stood,
He (though he knew not which soul spake,
Because both meant, both spake the same)
Might thence a new concoction take
And part far purer than he came.
This ecstasy doth unperplex,
We said, and tell us what we love;
We see by this it was not sex,
We see we saw not what did move;
But as all several souls contain
Mixture of things, they know not what,
Love these mix’d souls doth mix again
And makes both one, each this and that.
A single violet transplant,
The strength, the colour, and the size,
(All which before was poor and scant)
Redoubles still, and multiplies.
When love with one another so
Interinanimates two souls,
That abler soul, which thence doth flow,
Defects of loneliness controls.
We then, who are this new soul, know
Of what we are compos’d and made,
For th’ atomies of which we grow
Are souls. whom no change can invade.
But oh alas, so long, so far,
Our bodies why do we forbear?
They’are ours, though they’are not we; we are
The intelligences, they the spheres.
We owe them thanks, because they thus
Did us, to us, at first convey,
Yielded their senses’ force to us,
Nor are dross to us, but allay.
On man heaven’s influence works not so,
But that it first imprints the air;
So soul into the soul may flow,
Though it to body first repair.
As our blood labors to beget
Spirits, as like souls as it can,
Because such fingers need to knit
That subtle knot which makes us man,
So must pure lovers’ souls descend
T’ affections, and to faculties,
Which sense may reach and apprehend,
Else a great prince in prison lies.
To’our bodies turn we then, that so
Weak men on love reveal’d may look;
Love’s mysteries in souls do grow,
But yet the body is his book.
And if some lover, such as we,
Have heard this dialogue of one,
Let him still mark us, he shall see
Small change, when we’are to bodies gone.
OysterBand – “Everywhere I Go”