Regular readers are aware that mariner is a fan of haiku. Indeed, he enjoys any short, insightful phrase that takes the mindset to another focus – a small stretch from habitual awareness. Unfortunately, mariner is too pragmatic for many of the ‘Zen’ sayings found on calendars and in greeting cards. But there are many other sources, particularly in literature and poetry that are rich and insightful for anyone. For example:
֎ Louise Glück’s “Field Flowers,” spoken from a flower’s point of view:
Your poor idea of heaven: absence of change.
Better than earth?
How would you know, who are neither
here nor there
. . A thought that leaves one hanging in purgatory without residence before or after. The following is a quickie from mariner’s wife:
The ground is flat
The Earth is round
The truth is never plain, I’ve found
The plane is never true.
Here’s a haiku:
The rain falls heavy
It soaks, it cleans, it feeds life
Rain is Earth’s gardener.
֎ Mahatma Gandhi said this one:
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
֎ And Elie Wiesel:
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
Don’t give up on literature and reading despite the onslaught of thumb technology. The best of life is in the written word.