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!


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:  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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