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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

THIS DREAM

Here's an encore presentation from a few years back. Many of you haven't seen it,or if you have, you don't remember. Isn't memory loss a wonderful thing?

In the morning
I awaken once again
into this dream

In the blueness

of the day
the arrogance
of ordered existence
becomes clear

As the day darkens

I come to terms with
the illusion of meaning

I've taken to staying up 

while others sleep
spinning and turning in time

That blow to the head

could have felled a rhino
but all I did was stagger
about a bit
in that lovely planetarium
behind my eyes

Now

in my world of ambiguity
the universe precedes the big bang
the lesson begins the teacher
and life plays out 
from finish to start

In a parallel universe

I am perpendicular 

And like the world

it all makes perfect sense
if you don't think about it

65 comments:

  1. Timo, you are singing my song! I'll join in at the chorus.

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  2. One day the world will fall from the sky

    like a shooting star

    which is not really a star at all ...

    think about it ...

    ^.^

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  3. ha it all makes sense if you dont think about it...that is my problem...the arrogance of ordered existence...i like that...well the phrase, not the reality...smiles.

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  4. SHERRY: Sounds good, except I forgot the words!

    CAT:My mommy said I would be better off if I didn't try to think.

    BRIAN: Wear a smile on your face and everybody loves you...except those who already hate you.

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  5. Sherry and I are happy to share the words! (if you don't think about it ~~ love that line)

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  6. I really like the sense of paradox in this stanza:

    As the day darkens
    I come to terms with
    the illusion of meaning..

    And:

    In a parallel universe
    I am perpendicular..

    There is much to ponder here amid the witty turns of phrase.

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  7. HELEN: This entire play is dependent upon our not thinking too much about it--otherwise we would run screaming through the streets.

    KERRY: Thanks for that--I always look forward to your input!

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  8. I smiled all the way, Tim ~~ The last line explained everything and nothing. :) XD
    ..

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  9. One of the perpendicular paradoxes of your writing is that when you get serious, you don't fool around--or maybe you just seriously fool around. This is subtle and haunting, Timo, like a bad dream that isn't quite enough of a nightmare to wake you up. I like the lines Kerry quoted, and also '...that lovely planetarium behind my eyes.'

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  10. in a parallel universe, you're the president! or the poet laureate.

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  11. JIM: Now that's ambiguity for you!

    HEDGEWITCH: OMG, Joy, I want to borrow this line from you: ..".like a bad dream that isn't quite enough of a nightmare to wake you up"
    It sums up our daily existence so succinctly...you will no doubt see it in a poem somewhere!

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  12. MARIAN: As president, I would like to appoint you Secretary of State.

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  13. I have learned that purposely not thinking is smart thing to do.Thanks for coming by.

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  14. I am back and still love it - especially being perpendicular in a parallel universe!

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  15. I've always given myself this title "The Contrary," which means, of course, I asses the opposite views; troublesome. Reflections, of course, are opposites.

    life mirrors
    as we see beyond what is
    affliction

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  16. LaTONYA: Thinking? We don't need no stinking THINKING!!!

    SHERRY: Thanks...the sky is always blue when I hear from Sherry!

    MAGYAR/DOUG: Most contrarians, in my experience, have been female...you're the exception that proves the rule! (Thanks for the senryu...it is one to think about--IF we were thinking here, but, of course, we're not! )

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  17. No over-analyzing dreams as it can take all the fun out of dreams! I am reading a philosophy book for the first time in my life... have to read several paragraphs over already (and I'm only on page three :)

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  18. MARGARET: I think you are speaking of "sleeping" dreams, while the poem is referring to the waking dream we all share.

    Now you've got me interested in whose philosophy you are reading...

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    1. An OLD book originally written in 1917. Politically Incorrect (referred to Africans as Savages) but the first two sentence grabbed my attention: "Our judgments concerning the worth of things, big or little, depend on the feelings the things arouse in us. Where we judge a thing to be precious in consequence of the idea we frame of it, this is only because the idea is itself associated already with a feeling... My son reads and enjoys philosophy and this book I picked up at our local used book store. "William James - Selected Papers on Philosophy".

      I DO see now ... I like "illusion of meaning".

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    2. He was novelist Henry James' brother, by the way. He believed in free-will, and said, "My first act of free-will is to believe in free-will." Interesting guy.

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  19. ha - great close - sometimes...the more you think about something..the less it makes sense and the more difficult it gets..ugh...yes...

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  20. Loved your 'arrogancer of ordered exikstence'> >KB

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  21. CLAUDIA: Luckily, it's easy for me to not think...or so I've been told by a number of women.

    ANNOTATING60: A brash line, if I do say so myself!

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  22. Timoteo, I laughed at this stanza though I am not sure if it is supposed to humourous or serious, so if, you did hit your head, I am sorry.

    "That blow to the head
    could have felled a rhino
    but all I did was stagger
    about a bit
    in that lovely planetarium
    behind my eyes"

    if not, good. But, I believe I have met a few folk like that.

    Enjoyable read.

    Pamela



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  23. PAMELA: I did hit my head. But I'm glad you laughed. I laugh too. In fact, I laugh at EVERYTHING now.

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  24. Wow. REALLY amazing. gentle, curling prose...

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  25. EVELYN: Toe curling, I hope!

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  26. The world as it is certainly makes no sense - unless you've taken a whack on the head, when you stop caring anyway. There are some clever lines here; I especially liked the Universe preceding the Big Bang ... smiles

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  27. RUMOURSOFRHYME: A whack on the head isn't always a bad thing...sometimes it just resets things in there and makes them work better...like when you used to have to pound on the TV to make the picture straighten out back in the good ol' low-tech days.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  28. TBI after a turbulent toss? I have a friend who says he never thinks about anything that has the potential to impede his happiness. ~Mary

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  29. MARY: I think I'm going to take after your friend!!!

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  30. ..."lovely planetarium behind my eyes..." --love it!

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  31. Lots to ponder here. I like the "planetarium
    behind my eyes" and arrogance of ordered existence.

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    1. Thanks, Colleen. I like those lines too. It's always fun to look at a poem you've written as if someone else had written it, and see what you like. One of the positive things of memory loss :)

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  32. Poem from 2013 … Great memories, eh? … Love, cat.

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  33. fun to turn things around like that ...

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    1. Keeps things interesting, As a kid, I spent a lot of time reciting words backwards . I would picture the word in my mind, and then start from the right side and pronounce it. I can still do that, but I've found thee isn't a lot of money in it.

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    2. I still to this day call myself enitsirhc … as she is the sister I never had … smiles … cat.

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    3. U must have fun pronouncing that!

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    4. … and now that we mastered that … on to the next lesson, friend Timoteo … oetomit … here goes …enitsirhc atuyksvejorb … smiles … c.

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    5. Let me practice that a little bit--lol

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  34. I hear what you're saying about the memory. I noticed I commented on a post the other day which I couldn't remember reading, whoops

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    1. As long as you didn't put the TV remote in the fridge, and then spend hours looking for it ...until you got hungry...you're probably okay--lol

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  35. "in that lovely planetarium
    behind my eyes"

    That is so cool.

    Also, this is fabulous: "the lesson begins the teacher"

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  36. Thank so much. Stop by for tea anytime.

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  37. With each lifetime we remain in lesson, yet the cosmic puzzle still looms unfinished. I get all Zen as I approach my doorway to the other side. Will I ever tire of reincarnation; probably not. Will there still be a planet to re--inhabit --maybe not. Jesus wept, and we turned away.

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  38. Loving the paradox in this one, Timoteo ❤️ your poem is going to linger with me for a while .. it's deep and powerful!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sanaa. I do appreciate your comments!

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  39. This was fantastic Timoteo... witty and engaging... and I enjoyed reading the comments from 2013. That was the period not long after the first time I stopped participating here, so I was familiar with a lot of those folks. I enjoyed this visit here. I will return...

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  40. Nice lines: "In a parallel universe
    I am perpendicular "

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  41. Thanks for mentioning those lines--lol

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  42. I think that I'm always perpendicular... in any universe

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    1. We always have an interesting angle on life, don't we?

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  43. I do enjoy this! Sadly, I'm pretty sure there are lots of things that make sense if only you don't think about them.

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    1. Thanks, Teresa. We like the illusion, and illusions go poof under close examination.

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  44. the arrogance
    of ordered existence - oh so loved this, like a challenge for the brave

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    1. W;hat an intriguing comment. Thanks you, Gina!

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  45. We are all parallel universes, perpendicular once in a while if we are lucky, the connection is what is interesting and what is perhaps the big human deal. Thanks for giving this out again, I dig id.

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    1. Thanks, Lona. We all seek connection, it seems, in a world without obvious meaning, this becomes the meaning.

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  46. It is scary that this resonates so well with me. Sometimes or too often, this world should only be a dream.

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