Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere…
- 2 weeks ago
- 3 weeks ago
i like my body
i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite a new thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body. i like what it does,
i like its hows. i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones, and the trembling
-firm-smooth ness and which I will
again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like, slowly stroking the, shocking fuzz
of your electric fur, and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh…And eyes big love-crumbs,
and possibly i like the thrill
of under me you quite so new
- 3 weeks ago
No te amo como si fueras rosa de sal, topacio
o flecha de claveles que propagan el fuego:
te amo como se aman ciertas cosas oscuras,
secretamente, entre la sombra y el alma.
Te amo como la planta que no florece y lleva
dentro de sí, escondida, la luz de aquellas flores,
y gracias a tu amor vive oscuro en mi cuerpo
el apretado aroma que ascendió de la tierra.
Te amo sin saber cómo, ni cuándo, ni de dónde,
te amo directamente sin problemas ni orgullo:
así te amo porque no sé amar de otra manera,
sino así de este modo en que no soy ni eres,
tan cerca que tu mano sobre mi pecho es mía,
tan cerca que se cierran tus ojos con mi sueño.
I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
I returned a few days ago from snorkeling with humpback whales for the second time. We spent the most time with one mother and calf, a playful girl we named Scarlett because she was scarred from her birth (the mom probably has barnacles around her genital slit). Usually a calf surfaces every 3-5 minutes to breathe and makes a horseshoe shape on the surface as she takes several breaths, circling around the mother’s nose, who’s resting about 30 ft below, before diving back down again and slipping under the mother’s chin or belly. Scarlett rarely did that, preferring instead to range wherever she wanted and turn on her side or back and wave her pectoral fins, and look us each in the eye. When she got too far, as if connected by an invisible thread, her mom would surface to find her and move on, never hurried or frantic, just patient yet firm. Scarlett would seem to settle down a bit, following her mom’s nose for several breath cycles, and then, as if she couldn’t stand it, she’d stay on the surface and play again.
Here is my photo album of the experience. I recommend the full-screen slideshow. The photos are available for sale in a variety of formats (the link is in the upper right-hand corner).
Though I wasn’t able to be in the water near a singer this time (which was the most moving experience I had 3 years ago), we heard several singers on the hydrophone. This year’s song is apparently more melodic than in recent years, and their range is amazing.
I went with Conscious Breath Adventures, an operator who’s been doing this for over 7 years. Gene Flipse runs things and does a great job. He charters the Sun Dancer, a lovely boat, and has the nicest tenders (the little boats we spent each day on) of the three boats out at the Silver Bank. Jeff Pantukhoff, of The Whaleman Foundation, was also on the trip and took exquisite video of the whales. Both Gene and Jeff gave presentations in the evenings on whale behavior and conservation. Please join me in supporting The Whaleman Foundation in their strategic and effective conservation work, especially in Japan.
I highly recommend this trip!
- 4 weeks ago
“The dream is always the same. I float helplessly in the open ocean as the leviathan rises from the murky depths, its enormous fins passing under my feet as a soulful eye stares through me. Without words, she communicates. Trust is her gift.”
We have a deep and abiding obligation to protect these amazing creatures. Join me in supporting Jeff Pantukhoff and The Whaleman Foundation.