Tag Archives: armor

The painted mirror lied

“Deceitfully the painted mirror lied its daily wages. And all the rages and the storms Contained themselves In the early morning shower Or the bath at night, Coupled as they were To the noonday washing of his hands.” As a young man reading about certain ancient Mystics in India who took odd bodily positions and […]

The Painted Mirror

The Painted Mirror “The room surrounded him: Objects of desire Obtained by firing his imagination And hiring in its stead A head of numbers and receipts.” We are not designed to live alone, and in fact we don’t. Our efficiency, one room and a half apartment, holds our costumes and our play things, and we […]

The adolescent poet no longer

section one of the Hunched Man is concluded. The next blog will begin section two: the Painted Mirror

He seeped into himself

We are often lonely together

He hunched himself

“He hunched himself against the corner where wall meets floor, where morning meets night, where fight meets flight, and paralysis becomes the oasis in the desert of everlasting day.” The isolation room is where psychiatric patients are placed when their behavior on the ward is  seen and experienced by the staff as too threatening to […]

Orthodoxy in Public

In this morning’s Washington Post, Amanda Bennett has written an article on bias that is well worth reading. She raises the question, and fuels it with strong and reasonable “what ifs” regarding the interaction of certain religious orthodoxies that in our daily public life are experienced by women as prejudicial. That was her focus, and […]

The Family of Nations

The family of nations is a phrase often used, but ignored in its essential usefulness. We use it as a parallel pretense to our cultural “agreement” that families are functional social units. A brief look inward combined with a neighborly glance around tells us clearly that is not as true as we would like it […]