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Mortality (3-3-23)

The Death of Don Quixote

We are all mortal! Is that what terrifies us? Is that why we distract ourselves, delude ourselves?

We go to epic lengths to remain detached and disconnected [from] real[ity].

Is it death that scares us?

Or is it what comes after?

Are we so scared of eternity that [we ]dive even further into ephemera?

We truly are an unserious people, pursuing safety amongst scorpions, peace between the battle lines, and joy in tombs.

This is part of my Public Domain Derivation Series.

Don Quixote's Death - Don Quixote in the 20th Century (ca. 1905)
Copy of my notebook page with the public domain image and my response
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Post-Traumatic Stress

Unbearable burden
Unliftable weight
I’m having trouble
Accepting my fate

I’m flying, turning, twisting around
Falling, flailing, I’m upside down
Eyes open, eyes wet, safe at home
Eyes closed, clothes wet, dying alone

I’m grieving, groaning, falling down
Thinking, blinking, screaming without sound
Heart open, heart broken, flashes of fear
Heartbroken, heart open, why am I still here?

(From my notebook | 4.16.23)

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Enemies (2-24-23)

Understanding before Tilting

It’s easy to oppose someone or something. The greater challenge is in understanding why you oppose them, and vice versa, if they even reciprocate. Too often, we create our own nemeses.

Of course, evil should be opposed, but it isn’t uncommon for the evildoer to assume they are in the right. Thus, we must begin again by seeking to understand ourselves and our opponents.

This is part of my Public Domain Derivation Series.

Don Quixote Joust - Don Quixote in the 20th Century (ca. 1905)
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Life After Death

I should have died
But I live

He should have lived
But He died

He should be dead
But He lives

Life has swallowed death
Darkness silenced by the Light
Wholeness comes from the empty
And blessing through the cures

I should be rejected
But I’m loved
He should have reigned
But He served

(From my notebook | 4.9.23)

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Drifting Comfortably

Drifting comfortably
Not a care in the world
Not even in the world

Weightless, worry-less
Basking in the earth-light
Rotating, revolving
Everything is alright

White speck, white star
One man can only go so far
Further up and further in
Soon he’ll walk the earth again

This is part of my “Inspired by Space” Series.

Title: Backpacking

Full Description: Mission Specialist Bruce McCandless II ventured further away from the confines and safety of his ship than any previous astronaut ever has. This space first was made possible by the Manned Manuevering Unit or MMU, a nitrogen jet propelled backpack. After a series of test maneuvers inside and above Challenger’s payload bay, McCandless went “free-flying” to a distance of 320 feet away from the Orbiter. The MMU is controlled by joy sticks positioned at the end of the arm rests. Moving the joy sticks left or right or by pulling them fires nitrogen jet thrusters propelling McCandless in any direction he chooses. A still camera is mounted on the upper right portion of the MMU. This stunning view shows McCandless with the MMU out there amongst the black and blue of Earth and space.

Image Number: SPD-GRIN-GPN-2000-00 1156

Date: February 7, 1984


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Across the Moonscape

How far we’ve come!
How much we’ve seen!
To imagine this is a place
Where humanity has been!

It’s almost too much
I can hardly believe
That the moon was a goal
We could really achieve

Infinite God
Finite space
Viewing Earth
Across the moonscape

This is part of my “Inspired by Space” Series.

Title: First View of Earth from Moon

Description: The world’s first view of Earth taken by a spacecraft from the vicinity of the Moon. The photo was transmitted to Earth by the United States Lunar Orbiter I and received at the NASA tracking station at Robledo De Chavela near Madrid, Spain. This crescent of the Earth was photographed August 23, 1966 at 16:35 GMT when the spacecraft was on its 16th orbit and just about to pass behind the Moon.

Image Number: SPD-SLRSY-1757

Date: August 23, 1966