Passion Vitalizes Art: A Poem

The Universe inspires ardent flames of passion Artists must shape life with the abandon of a hungry lover Insights are formed upon The fiery golden forge of eternity Spark the soul’s hearth with courageous fervor The glory of glories does not respond to gentle entreaties The wellspring of creation is unreachable to sober pleas Awakened …

Off the Beaten Path in China:Part 3

To a mind that is still, the entire universe surrenders. – Zhuangzi Su Shi was ethically unyielding. The subtle political context of one of his poems caused him to be thrown into a dark prison cell for one hundred days. The hopelessness of his miserable condition changed the great genius forever. This terrifying experience further …

Recipe for Joy in Life’s Berry Patch

A somewhat satirical extended metaphor Some of the sweetest berries grow among the sharpest thorns. – Gaelic Proverb Life is like a berry patch The thick brambles of challenges Can seem like impenetrable obstacles Though the passage requires effort Take mindful steps Discover the way forward Prickly sorrowful thorns abound While wounds of disappointment And …

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