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Ink and lipgloss on hand. book paper. November 2012.

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There is a Room

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Photo from lifeinitaly.com –
The Lovely Italian Doors and their Designs

 





There Is a Room in My Heart
{or  Housecleaning}


Hubris:

I am not
like other girls
walking in malls
wearing mirrors out ,
newscaster hair
brought to you by the color pink.

I am comfortable in grayscale layers,
scarlet inside.
My mind is an unfinished cathedral
made of wire
difficult to climb and tame,
crystal heart
vast, fragile and peopled.

There is a room in it
with your name.
There is a door.
There are no jails
made for our guilty eyes.
The Bull is the Goddess’ constant companion.
There is no airtight chamber
for feelings.

In our time
Planes crossed the skies
white threads crocheting
our narrative,  thin like icy air.

Woven strands of vapor and steam
our strength
blown, blown by northern winds.

Namaste,
All that is best and highest in me greets and salutes all that is best and highest in you.

I remain, ever, your trusted friend.

Forgive these broken letters.
Time is the measure of poetry.
I can only speak to you in allegories
for my mouth and hands
are bound.
This is my answer.
Shoot the artists and poets
for they play with fire.
Hide their dangerous words.

I am imperfect
I still leave
lipstick stains on pillowcases
-the eyes of a fawn in the forest-
I set my house in order
as one reorganizes
thoughts and feelings,
heart and mind.

Patience.
The fields need to be readied
before the seeds can be sown.

The names of the rooms are continuously changing,
the landscape threatening to
shatter into a million tiny pieces.
A myriad teacandles on the Ganges at Diwali-
Walls dissolving into pearls
falling in unison.

Our house was built on quicksand
thick with secrets.
I clean the city
off the window blinds.



San Diego, November 2012

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Gratitude

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Today i am thankful for hands.
All photos by Ray Massey

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The composition was irresistible.
I had to steal a photo…it was not easy.
The two twins, one seated, one perched on the armchair, reminded me of prettygreenbullet’s girls. It is her sense of aloof aesthetics that I recognized.

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New drawings and experiments on a November night.

I received my green card today : on it my likeness and the words ‘permanent resident’..still it does not seem real.
A small piece of plastic that changes my life forever.
The price: a human heart.

Quiet celebrations (for now), a new muse, and new ways to do art, to keep showing up to the work, the words…to do it all or just one layer…but to keep trying again tomorrow.

Recommended reading:

Downcast Eyes: The Denigration of Vision in Twentieth Century French Thought by Martin Jay

The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses by Juhani Pallasmaa

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Diwali, Divali, Dewali, Deepavali (Buddhism, Hindu, India)

Diwali is a five day Hindu festival which occurs on the fifteenth day of Kartika. Diwali means “rows of lighted lamps” and the celebration is often referred to as the Festival of Lights. During this time, homes are thoroughly cleaned and windows are opened to welcome Laksmi, goddess of wealth. Candles and lamps are lit as a greeting to Laksmi. Gifts are exchanged and festive meals are prepared during Diwali. The celebration means as much to Hindus as Christmas does to Christians.

Because there are many regions in India, there are many manifestations of the Diwali festival. In at least one area, the festival begins with Dhanteras, a day set aside to worship Laksmi. In the Indian culture, wealth is not viewed as a corruptive power. Instead, a wealthy person is considered to have been rewarded for good deeds of a past life.

On the second day Kali, the goddess of Strength, is worshipped. This day also focuses on abolishing laziness and evil.

On the third day (the last day of the year in the lunar calendar), lamps are lighted and shine brightly in every home. The lamp symbolizes knowledge and encourages reflection upon the purpose of each day in the festival. The goal is to remember the purpose throughout the year.

The fourth day of Diwali falls on the first day of the lunar New Year. At this time, old business accounts are settled and new books are opened. The books are worshipped in a special ceremony and participants are encouraged to remove anger, hate, and jealousy from their lives.

On the final day (Balipratipada) of the festival, Bali, an ancient Indian king, is recalled. Bali destroyed the centuries old philosophies of the society. However, in addition to this, he is remembered for being a generous person. Thus, the focus of this day is to see the good in others, including enemies.

From the University of Kansas Medical Center


Diwali this year starts on November 13. Blessings and light to those near and far.

You can go into a pitch black room full of
evil, full of darkness, and light the smallest candle : instantly that darkness flees.
But you can’t do the opposite.
You can’t go into a room full of light, truth, wisdom, joy, health and harmony with the universal power, with amount of darkness, and have any effect whatsoever.

Paraphrased from a Len Horowitz quote.


A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle.

James Keller


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Sleeping under the American Flag. San Diego, November 2012.


1. There are an estimated 10.000 homeless people in San Diego county.

2. This estimate does not comprise of people sleeping and living in their car.

3. The winter shelter that is about to open after much waiting has 400 beds.

4. There has been a 20% increase in homelessness in the past two years, and many are homeless as a result of continued recession, job loss and home repossession by banks.

5. 32% of the homeless in San Diego have a four-year college degree.

6. There are approximately 30,000 vacant houses, condos and apartments in San Diego County. See below for more info.



In North San Diego County alone, as of August 2011, there were 15,168 vacant homes (3.5% vacancy ). In Southwest San Diego County (Metro) houses, condos and apartments went from 88,090 to 191,513 due to the early 2000’s building frenzy. By 2010 Southwest County had 7.9 % (vacancy).
This means that in the metro area, where most homeless people are found, there are 15,129 vacant houses, condo and apartments. Data is extrapolated from info found here.

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