Bits and Pieces

Collected Twitter-ku’s

Twitterku: 140 characters with a four-line, AABB rhyme scheme, with at least one internal rhyme and some use of alliteration, written in one line with a forward-slash to indicate line breaks.

I thought it would be fun to gather the twitter-ku’s in one place to trace the progress of this emerging “art form”☺. They’ll be listed with the newest effort at the top, and updated in a totally random manner!  Hope you enjoy.

Gathering lavender amid rocky ground / I snip silver stems as all around / from spike to purple spike, drunken bees / lazily lumber and brush by my fingers as they please.

Mowing knee deep in meadow green / clouds of gnats spiraling away, keen / to escape the motor’s whir / the house wren springs up from the cedar tree, startled wings a blur.

Grey cloud cat, a silky haired goddess / the beauteous Venus, Diana the Huntress / Kali devourer of the hearts of men / the glory of Isis, victorious Nike asleep in the sun

Startled petals drift sadly upon / a slightly blustery breeze driven down / from now leaden skies / The trees shiver as rain takes tender pale jade-green leaves by surprise

A sultry night, stars’ edges blurred by summer’s moist exhale.
In the magnolia tree, a night bird calls.  The breeze cools me,
swinging slow beneath the sweet blossoms.

Where is God but in a bird?
The flexing bright muscle, voracious feeding, rapturous flight:
sweet song, flashing feathers, earth and flesh and sky, vitality abounds!

xxx

Stephen Gaskin

An important figure to us early on was Stephen Gaskin, who authored Monday Night Class and Caravan — two wonderful, rambling and insightful collections of writings and teaching. A few years ago (maybe 2005) Stephen came to Asheville to speak about political action and making change happen. Dennis and I went to hear him in the little back courtyard of a local book and coffee shop.  Here’s a picture of Stephen and Dennis.

Stephen had always been a hero figure to us — the über hippie. Founder of The Farm in Summerville Tennessee, a successful and long-standing intentional community (aka commune). Husband to Ina May Gaskin, author of  numerous books on midwifery and worldwide expert on natural birth. A Tripster and Jokester with serious spiritual chops. We we so delighted to meet him and actually get to talk for a while.

Then we were shocked — really really shocked — to find out that not only had Dennis tripped more times than the über hippie, but I had too!  Stephen seemed a little stunned to hear our tales.  Who knew?

Stephen Gaskin (left) and Dennis.

Stephen Gaskin (left) and Dennis

4/19/09: Just browsing some and came across Stephen’s website: www.stephengaskin.com.  Reading excerpts from his writings was such a joy. His wisdom and understand really were remarkable and his constancy fills me with gratitude.  This was a day for reconnecting with my sources of wisdom and energy. What a blast.

2 thoughts on “Bits and Pieces

  1. Hey, I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog!…..I”ll be checking in on a regularly now….Keep up the good work! 🙂

    – Marc Shaw

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