26 February 2008

meditation on roles

i promised this a few weeks ago, but then i got caught up with a bunch of sonnets and wanting to put some semblance of a summary into the ether. written during a really bad class (Jan 30).

this man is not a Teacher . . . but he is doing the job of a teacher. maybe that's what i don't like about him. he's not a bad man . . . he's just a [good] man who's too stubborn to admit that he's in the wrong place.

now i've sunk into a meditation on roles . . . you can have multiple roles . . . countless, possibly . . . you could be a Student and a Teacher, for example (which i believe i may be) . . . or, for example, you could be a Feeler more than a Thinker--it doesn't mean you're incapable of doing both, it just means you're more inclined to one. this man is trying to teach--i'll give him credit for his effort--it's just not in his nature. he has aspects of a Healer, and of a Student, and i'm sure he does those [his other] jobs very well.

20 February 2008

Sonnet 63

my concentration’s thoroughly destroyed!
my mind keeps drifting out of my control.
these thoughts of what has been, i can’t avoid,
and my distraction soon will take its toll.
to leave my mind, my body too reacts;
these butterflies avenge their long absence.
their flight is constant; i cannot relax;
there’s nothing they will hear of my defense.
and yet, i find i wouldn’t change this fate,
despite my forced return to normalcy,
for if these thoughts and feelings won’t abate,
perhaps it makes that dream reality.
i might have thought what happened wasn’t so . . .
it’s true but distant: to it i must go.

2/11/08
decided to post it after all.

15 February 2008

february

although i've been writing a lot of sonnets lately,
i don't think they quite suffice.
let's try something different.

1 big gay conference in Detroit
2 girls i don't know what to do with
3 days until i have class again
4 IM windows open right now
5 classes that are supposed to be eating up my time
6 weeks until Easter
7 months into this relationship (or thereabouts)

...yeah that died out around 8.....i'd like to come up with something better.

travel through the flatlands
borrowed minivan with loud music and close(r) friends
70-story hotel
watching the ice floes going down the river between here and Canada
activism
lack of sleep
new accents
anticipation
flattery
slow acceptance of a new identity
returning to homework
late-night IM conversations
guilt & confusion
productive meetings
*snow*
a surprisingly nice valentine's day
sleep-inducing grey skies
flowers for my roommate
exams i'm not studying for
proposals i'm not writing
increased productivity in light of both of those
february.

12 February 2008

sonnet 64

my mother told me once she's sure i'll wed.
my problem's in the reasoning she gave.
"you've too much love and passion," so she said,
and i will take those words into my grave.
do love and passion always make a pair?
if i've a surplus, why should i constrain
that love to just one person? is it fair,
if i have much to give, those gifts should lay
within my heart and never be received?
a raging fire doesn't keep to hearth,
it spreads beyond control, and i'd be grieved
if my supposed passion fades to dark.
to build a fire for one person's sight
does a disservice to those who need light.
--2/11/08

there were two in that class yesterday, but i can't decide how i feel about the first one.

10 February 2008

mix tape ii

music inspired by Creating Change
...or, more accurately, by someone i met there.
(or, more simply, the playlist i made and listened to in the car on the way home.)

1) Strange & Beautiful - Aqualung
2) Breathe Me - Sia
3) One Chance - Modest Mouse
4) Fade Into You - Mazzy Star
5) Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
6) Queer - Garbage
7) Transatlanticism - Death Cab for Cutie
8) 21 things i want in a lover - Alanis Morissette
9) Here's to the Night - Eve 6
10) Night Drive - Jimmy Eat World
11) Been a Son - Nirvana
12) Cemetery Drive - My Chemical Romance
13) Date With the Night - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
14) Woman - Wolfmother
15) Birdhouse In Your Soul - They Might Be Giants
16) Glass Vase Cello Case - Tattle Tale
17) Freaks - Imperial Teen
18) Easy - Barenaked Ladies
19) Love You Madly - Cake
20) You Never Know - Dave Matthews Band
21) Linger - The Cranberries
22) Letter To A Pretty Girl - The Avett Brothers
23) Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
24) The District Sleeps Alone Tonight - The Postal Service
25) Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

...i think i'm in trouble. =D

06 February 2008

sonnet 62

permit me voyage: i will travel far.
allow me freedom: i will use it well.
grant me my choices: i alone can tell
what next will come out of the way things are.
show me a roadmap: seat me in the car.
give me direction: west or north compel.
hear my decision: you face a hard sell--
suggestions i will take, and take to heart,
but in the end, my travels are my own.
are you offended by my confidence?
is my empowerment some threat to you?
it's such a shame your mind must be so blown.
i won't rely on help or providence,
but build my life, ground-up, and live it true.
-2/4/08

heading to a conference in detroit for the weekend. see you kids sunday night.

03 February 2008

Sonnet 61

the dreadful march of Time exhausts its mean,
participants who do not understand
their march will never cease--not even when
they pause and signal with a weary hand.
"we've gone too long!" they cry, to no avail,
for Time is deaf, although it is not blind;
its forc├Ęd march forever will prevail,
but with its progress not grow more refined.
in Time we'll march, although we may be still,
and it won't listen to our frantic pleas.
it changes pace according to its will--
now fast, now slow, its marchers at unease.
more ruthless master never has been known;
it cares not for its others or its own.
--1/30/08

02 February 2008

found - post secret

i kinda hope this is about me. if it is, please comment--i'm sorry i'm bad at keeping in touch.