Prince of Darkness

November 10, 2008

Steven Gelberg

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Prince Of Darkness


My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
I do not feel the romance I do not catch the spark
I don’t know when I noticed life was life at my expense
The words of my heart lined up like prisoners on a fence
The dreams came in like needy children tugging at my sleeve
I said I have no way of feeding you, so leave
But there was a time I asked my father for a dollar
And he gave it a ten dollar raise
When I needed my mother and I called her
She stayed with me for days
And now someone’s on the telephone, desperate in his pain
Someone’s on the bathroom floor doing her cocaine
Someone’s got his finger on the button in some room
No one can convince me we aren’t gluttons for our doom
But I tried to make this place my place
I asked for Providence to smile upon me with his sweet face


But I’ll tell you
My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
I do not feel the romance I do not catch the spark
My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
(By grace, my sight grows stronger and I will not
be a pawn for the Prince of Darkness any longer)


Maybe there’s no haven in this world for tender age
My heart beat like the wings of wild birds in a cage
My greatest hope my greatest cause to grieve
And my heart flew from its cage and it bled upon my sleeve
The cries of passion were like wounds that needed healing
I couldn’t hear them for the thunder
I was half the naked distance between hell and heaven’s ceiling
And he almost pulled me under
Now someone’s on the telephone desperate in his pain
Someone’s on the bathroom floor doing her cocaine
Someone’s got his finger on the button in some room
No one can convince me we aren’t gluttons for our doom
I tried to make this place my place
I asked for Providence to smile upon me with his sweet face

But I’ll tell you
My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
I do not feel the romance I do not catch of spark
My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
(By grace my sight grows stronger, grows stronger)
I do not feel the romance I do not catch the spark
(And I will not be a pawn for the Prince of Darkness any longer)


Indigo Girls


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Ahmed Al Safi


I am going to sing this song in my sleep. I am going to see the sun. I am going to let pain flow through. I am going to be free with privacy but relieve myself of secrets. I will no longer be a secret. I will be.

Kim


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Dominic Arizona Bonnuccelli

Fire

April 21, 2008

Gold Nude

S. Rungis

I am fire

in the water

falling over

the air

that breathes me,

annihilates me.

Dividing me,

divining me

from the

fog that

held me

once.

Now I

swim in

flames screaming

truths

I cannot hear

the sound inside me;

its silence

overwhelms me.

kimsmith

Flaming Love

Doris B. Lambling

Red Rider of the Hood

September 2, 2007

Red Riding Hood in the Autumn

Jasmine Beckett-Griffith

 

 

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Do not mistake

Ignorance or mis-fitting

In these subterranean woods

Where solace lies,

 

I find caves.

Napping on granite

Lichen covered couches,

Dreaming my way

 

In synchronous time

The wolf howls

As riveting minds

Imagine reality.

 

Dancing in rhythm with

creaking trees.

Leaves cackling in

The winter breeze,

 

I solace the creatures

Of these woods.

 

kimsmith

 

 

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Mistress of the Wolves

Jessica Galbreth

Touch

August 19, 2007

Blood of Eden

Original Photography:

Gabriel Rigon

Nirvana Blue

Painting:

Mark Holland-Hicken 

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Touch

 is

but

the

thread

we

see.

 

kimsmith

august 2007

 

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QT Luong

Prayer Tablet

Nikko, Japan

Happiness

April 5, 2007

 

 

Photo by KyerPhotography.Com

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I ASKED the professors who teach the meaning of life to tell

me what is happiness.

And I went to famous executives who boss the work of

thousands of men.

They all shook their heads and gave me a smile as though

I was trying to fool with them

And then one Sunday afternoon I wandered out along

the Desplaines river

And I saw a crowd of Hungarians under the trees with

their women and children and a keg of beer and an

accordion.

Carl Sandburg

 

 

 

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On The Beach

Allan O’Marra

 

 

 

 

 

Alone

January 6, 2007

 

 

 

Spirit Mask

Tree Pruitt






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Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don't believe I'm wrong
That nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.
Alone, all alone

Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.
There are some millionaires
With money they can't use
Their wives run round like banshees
Their children sing the blues
They've got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone.
But nobody
No, nobody
Can make it out here alone.
Alone, all alone

Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.
Now if you listen closely

I'll tell you what I know
Storm clouds are gathering
The wind is gonna blow
The race of man is suffering
And I can hear the moan,
'Cause nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.
Alone, all alone

Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.







Maya Angelou

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Cross Roads Warning

Tree Pruitt


Earth Mandala

Doris B Lampling

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Allah Huu [Nothing but God]
Translated by Ayesha Kaljuvee

 

Sung by Nusrat Fateh Ali
Pakistani Music

 

Search for Nusrat Fateh Ali
Play: Allah Hoo (live)

 

Aaaa (Sufi Chants)

 

 

 

 

Ruler of the world, soul of my blood
The promised one, there is nothing but you
Every great scholar is your student
In every scent, there is nothing but you
Creator of and worshipped by both worlds
Every thing is witness to your manifestation
On everyone’s lips is your prayer
In every chord, every song is your presence

Every beginning is with your name
With your name ends everything
Your praise is ‘praise be to Allah’
That you are the God of my Mohammad

Allah Huu! Allah Huu! Allah Huu!
Allah Huu! Allah Huu! Allah Huu!

When this earth and world did not exist

When there was no moon, sun or sky

When the secret of the truth was still unknown

When there was nothing, there was you

 

 

Allah Huu! Allah Huu! Allah Huu!
Allah Huu! Allah Huu! Allah Huu!

 

 

Everything is a reflection of your glory

Every thing cries out that you arem the Lord

 

Allah Huu! Allah Huu! Allah Huu!

 

It is the distinction of your enthralling visage

You are the unrivalled Lord of the Universe

 

Allah Huu! Allah Huu! Allah Huu!
Allah Huu! Allah Huu! Allah Huu!

 

 

You who shows new beauty every instant

Surprises even those who yearn for more

Every sapling sings of your creation

Every leaf is a signature of your nature

 

 

 

Allah Huu! Allah Huu! Allah Huu!
Allah Huu! Allah Huu! Allah Huu!

 

 

My God, you are the splendor you promised

You are the curiosity, you are the desire

The light of my eyes, the voice of my heart

You were, you are, and will be only you

 

Allah Huu! Allah Huu! Allah Huu!
Allah Huu! Allah Huu! Allah Huu!

(Sufi Chants…)

Allah Huu! Allah Huu! Allah Huu!
Allah Huu! Allah Huu! Allah Huu!

 

You are everything, what is the argument in this

The whole world is searching only for you

Even as your magnificence is in every corner

You are in my blood, Lord of the world

 

Allah Huu! Allah Huu! Allah Huu!
Allah Huu! Allah Huu! Allah Huu!

 

 

 

A few notes from Kim on this piece. A friend introduced me to Nasrat Fateh Ali and I was transported. I now own two CD’s. For me any reference to God is a reference to knowing the world is bigger than you are. And it is. It is love and connectivity for me, the things we can only explain so far with science. The moments that transport you beyond yourself.

 

 

Find more of Nasrat here: Nasrat Fateh Ali

 

 

 

 

Arrow of Time

Vladmir Kush

 

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My life closed twice before its close–

 

It yet remains to see

 

If immortality unveil

 

A third event to me

 

So huge, so hopeless to conceive

 

As these that twice befell.

 

Parting is all we know of heaven,

 

And all we need of hell.

 

 

Emily Dickinson (1880’s-)

 

 

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Title Unknown

Elly Simmons

 

Tenderness

Juan Luis Alvarez Pupo

 

 

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All or nothing at all
Half a love never appealed to me
If your heart never could yield to me
Then I’d rather have nothing at all

All or nothing at all
If it’s love there ain’t no in-between
Why begin and cry for something that might have been
No I’d rather have nothing at all

 

Please don’t put your lips so close to my cheek
Don’t smile or I’ll be lost beyond recall
The kiss in your eyes the touch of your hand makes me weak
And my heart may grow dizzy and fall

 

And if I fell under the spell of your call
I would be caught in the undertow
So you see I’ve got to say no
All or nothing at all

 

Diane Krall Here

 

 

 

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Love is So Wonderful

Doris Lampling

song at midnight

November 28, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

2004 People and Placs 12

David Kofton

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song at midnight

 

 

 

 

 

…do not
send me out
among strangers

 

~Sonia
Sanchez

 

 

 

 

 

brothers,
this big woman
carries much sweetness
in the folds of her flesh.
her hair
is white with wonderful.
she is
rounder than the moon
and far more faithful.
brothers,
who will hold her,
who will find her beautiful
if you do not?

 

won’t you celebrate with me
what I have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.

 

 

 

Lucille Clifton

 

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Female Figure Eight

David Kofton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: The Erotic Spirit: An Anthology of Sensuality, Love, and Longing

Editor: Sam Hamill