These are the Clouds

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Re: These are the Clouds

Postby Cordelia » Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:08 pm

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"When you look up at the sky, you have a feeling of unity, which delights you and makes you giddy."
~ Ferdinand Hodler ~
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The greatest sin is to be unconscious. ~ Carl Jung

We may not choose the parameters of our destiny. But we give it its content. ~ Dag Hammarskjold 'Waymarks'
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Re: These are the Clouds

Postby Cordelia » Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:17 pm

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Much have I said before to serve necessity,

But I will take no shame now to unsay it all.

How else could I, arming hate against hateful men

Disguised in seeming tenderness, fence high the nets

Of ruin beyond overlapping? Thus to me

The conflict born of ancient bitterness is not

A thing new thought upon, but pondered deep in time.

I stand now where I struck him down. The thing is done.

Thus have I wrought, and I will not deny it now.

That he might not escape nor beat aside his death,

As fisherman cast their huge circling nets, I spread

Deadly abundance of rich robes, and caught him fast.

I struck him twice. In two great cries of agony

He buckled at the knees and fell. When he was down

I struck him the third blow, in thanks and reverence

to Zeus the lord of dead men underneath the ground.

Thus he went down, and the life struggled out of him;

and as he died he spattered me with the dark red

and violent driven rain of bitter savored blood

to make me glad, as gardens stand among the showers

of God in glory at the birthtime of the buds.

~Death of Agamemnon~


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Re: These are the Clouds

Postby Cordelia » Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:42 am

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You can sleep.
Sleep in my arms.

Like a baby bird.
Like a broom among brooms... in a broom closet.
Like a tiny parrot.
Like a whistle.
Like a little song.

A song sung by a forest...
within a forest... a thousand years ago.


~Milan Kundera~


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Re: These are the Dunes

Postby Cordelia » Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:07 pm

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~Granville Redmond~

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~Granville Redmond~


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WHAT do we see here in the sand dunes of the white
moon alone with our thoughts, Bill,
Alone with our dreams, Bill, soft as the women tying
scarves around their heads dancing,
Alone with a picture and a picture coming one after the
other of all the dead,
The dead more than all these grains of sand one by one
piled here in the moon,
Piled against the sky-line taking shapes like the hand of
the wind wanted,
What do we see here, Bill, outside of what the wise men
beat their heads on,
Outside of what the poets cry for and the soldiers drive
on headlong and leave their skulls in the sun for–
what, Bill?

~Carl Sandburg~


Variations on a Passage in Edward Abbey

A dune begins with an obstacle—a stone, a shrub, a log,

anything heavy enough to resist being moved by wind.

This obstacle forms a wind shadow on its leeward side,

making eddies in the currents, now fast, now slow, of the air,

exactly as a rock in a stream causes an eddy in the water.

Within the eddy the wind moves with less force and less velocity

than the airstreams on either side, creating what geologists call

the surface of discontinuity. And it is here that the wind

tends to drop part of its load of sand. The sand particles,

which hop or bounce along the earth before the wind,

begin to accumulate,

creating a greater eddy in the air currents

and capturing still more sand.

It’s thus a dune is formed.

~Robert Haas~
The greatest sin is to be unconscious. ~ Carl Jung

We may not choose the parameters of our destiny. But we give it its content. ~ Dag Hammarskjold 'Waymarks'
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These are the Clouds

Postby Cordelia » Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:41 am

Reminder that Blue began this beautiful thread, and, with a poem by Yeats. So, for Blue,


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJSUDI0f880

Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

William Butler Yeats



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Re: These are the Clouds

Postby Blue » Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:26 pm

Hey Cordelia. Thanks for reviving this thread and for posting so many great pieces of artwork over the years.

Nice to see some member's names who aren't around anymore.

I apologize for any past bad behavior at RI. sigh.
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Re: These are the Clouds

Postby dada » Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:27 pm

Thank you for the post with the dunes, Cordelia. I hadn't seen it until now, I must not have been around here when you first posted it. The whole thing is really great.
Both his words and manner of speech seemed at first totally unfamiliar to me, and yet somehow they stirred memories - as an actor might be stirred by the forgotten lines of some role he had played far away and long ago.
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Re: These are the Clouds

Postby Blue » Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:58 am

Only For a Short While

Oh, only for so short a while you
have loaned us to each other,
because we take form in your act of drawing us,
and we take life in your painting us,
and we breathe in your singing us.

But only for so short a while
have you loaned us to each other.
Because even a drawing cut in obsidian fades,
and the green feathers, the crown feathers,
of the Quetzal bird lose their color,
and even the sounds of the waterfall
die out in the dry season.

So, we too, because only for a short while
have you loaned us to each other.

- Aztec Indian Prayer

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