I Saw Myself

DHFfy8IXoAAn5L7-1.jpg-largeI saw myself
a ring of bone
in the clear stream
of all of it
and vowed,
always to be open to it
that all of it
might flow through
and then heard
“ring of bone” where
ring is what a
bell does


6 Responses to “I Saw Myself”

  1. 1 janis August 13, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    “Guard the Mysteries!” http://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.ssf/2012/07/ring_of_bone_review_lew_welch.html

    Thank you for the beautiful light of Lew Welch.

    • 2 bluenred August 13, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      You’re welcome.

      Heyer’s friend and co-worker Courtney Commander told NPR that the two of them had debated whether to go to this weekend’s counterprotest and that Heyer was worried about the potential of violence.

      “She said to us many times like ‘I want to go so bad, but I just don’t want to die. I’m so scared because these people are so serious,’ and she was the only one that lost her life,” said Commander, who worked with Heyer at Miller Law Group in Charlottesville. “I just feel so bad.”

      “Heather was a very strong woman,” said Alfred A. Wilson, manager of the bankruptcy division at the Miller Law Group in Charlottesville, where Ms. Heyer worked as a paralegal. She stood up against “any type of discrimination,” he said. “That’s just how she’s always been.”

      Mr. Wilson said in an interview on Sunday that he found her at her computer crying many times.

      “Heather being Heather has seen something on Facebook or read something in the news and realized someone has been mistreated and gets upset,” he said.

      A couple of years ago, she was dating someone who became agitated after learning that Mr. Wilson was black and that they were friends.

      “She just didn’t like the way he was judging me as a minority male that’s doing well for myself,” Mr. Wilson said, adding that Ms. Heyer stopped seeing the man after that.

      She often posted messages on Facebook about equality and love, said Ms. Blair, who recently left the law firm.

      “She’s always so passionate and she speaks with so much conviction all the time,” she said.

      Mr. Wilson hired Ms. Heyer at the recommendation of a friend. She had a high school diploma but did not have a background in law. Instead, she was working as a bartender and waitress, but he said she had an eye for detail and was “a people person.”

      “If you can get people to open up to you, that’s what I need,” he told her. “I’ll teach you everything about the law you need to know.”

      She did not stop working as a waitress even after she started at the law firm.

      “It’s because of Heather that I started tipping people a lot better,” Ms. Blair said.

      Ms. Heyer’s only flaw, Mr. Wilson said with a laugh, was that she liked to sleep late. “I had to change my office work hours just to meet her schedule,” he said.

      She can sleep now.

  2. 4 janis August 14, 2017 at 7:12 am

    What a tragic loss of a beautiful spirit. I hope that her sacrifice manifests itself in something the country can grow from.

    I’ve continued to enjoy my exploration of Lew Welch.

    The image, as in a Hexagram: by Lew Welch

    The hermit locks his door against the blizzard.
    He keeps the cabin warm.

    All winter long he sorts out all he has.
    What was well started shall be finished.
    What was not, should be thrown away.

    In spring he emerges with one garment
    and a single book.

    The cabin is very clean.

    Except for that, you’d never guess
    anyone lived there.

    Step out onto the Planet.
    Draw a circle 100 feet round.
    Inside the circle are 300 things
    nobody understands and,
maybe, nobody’s ever seen.
    How many can you find?

    From an interesting dialogue –

    Only the very poor, or eccentric, can surround themselves with shapes of elegance (soon to be demolished) in which they are forced by poverty to move with leisurely grace. We remain alert so as not to get run down, but it turns out you only have to hop a few feet to one side and the whole huge machinery rolls by, not seeing you at all. Lew Welch (Mountains and Rivers 11)
    from – http://www.connotations.uni-tuebingen.de/whalen-bridge01613.htm

    An interesting site I came across in researching Welch –

    • 5 janis August 14, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Something I read today …

      “In the land of the neo-Nazis …

      Here’s how the Daily Stormer, the US white supremacist newspaper has reported on President Trump’s incredibly weak criticism of violence “on many sides” statement. You know, the one about the neo-Nazi protest march and subsequent murder of an anti-racist in Charlottesville, Virginia. This has been the neo-Nazi reaction to Trump’s statement:

      3:46 PM:

      Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us. He said that we need to study why people are so angry, and implied that there was hate… on both sides! So he implied the antifa are haters.

      There was virtually no counter-signaling of us at all.

      He said he loves us all.

      Also refused to answer a question about White Nationalists supporting him.

      No condemnation at all.

      When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room.

      Really, really good.

      God bless him.

      Oh, and the Daily Stormer also reports this as well. Spoils of war etc etc:

      To those of you in Charlottesville, go out and enjoy yourselves. If you’re at a bar in a group, random girls will want to have sex with you. Because you’re the bad boys. The ultimate enemy of the state. Every girl on the planet wants your dick now. And to everyone, know this: we are now at war.

      And lest we forget…here’s how Donald Trump had responded in February when left wing protesters at Berkeley campus disrupted a speech by the right wing agitator Milo Yiannopoulos. Those protesters at Berkeley were denounced by Trump as “Professional anarchists, thugs and paid protesters…” Too bad they weren’t wearing swastika armbands and carrying torches in defence of Old South racism. Clearly then, they’d have got a nod and a wink from the current President of the United States.”

      The music included in the post above …

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