"Keep growing quietly and seriously throughout your whole development; you cannot disturb it more rudely than by looking outward and expecting from outside replies to questions that only your inmost feeling in your most hushed hour can perhaps answer."
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
Portland: people edition.
Portland: places edition.
tea chai te (nw)
downtown viewed from vista bridge
Portland: food edition.
bagel + various toppings
feta, spinach, & tomato pizza
a “betty” pb&j
scrambled egg whites with pesto & chipotle mayo
some thoughts I needed to get out of my head for it to be quiet enough for me to sleep.
they tell us that story develops in a linear fashion
setting, conflict, climax, resolution;
one after the next,
a logical progression that evokes an emotional response.
but they are wrong.
life only ever moves in a circle.
the planets, orbiting.
water; falling, collecting, evaporating, condensing, falling.
parents dying, children birthing,
it all comes back to the center,
that point around which the whole thing rotates.
and i know,
and neither of us is going to say it
we’ll just let it hang there,
the roaring silence of the unspoken,
all of the tragic beauty that we hold in our own hands
but owe to each other
and that we will never set free.
because i am a record at its end,
spinning ceaselessly over the same groove,
the needle skipping, skipping, skipping
never losing pace but never making a sound.
and you burnt my letters
and i called your name from the sides of bridges
and we are nothing more than what we were
conflict, conflict, conflict.
different settings, a constant climax,
but never a resolution.
always the same four words
who are we now
who are we now
who are we now?
Currently suffering from some serious PDX withdrawal.
"People with intelligence must use their intelligence, people with eyes must use their eyes, people with the capacity to love have the impulse to love and the need to love in order to feel healthy. Capacities clamor to be used, and cease in their clamor only when they are used sufficiently. That is to say, capacities are needs, and therefore are intrinsic values as well."