Happy New Year
Happy New Year
What Will Happen
What’s like to be stranded in a place surrounded
By foreign language and echoes of history
Will fear envelope you? Maybe not.
Will you be like a child, free
To roam with pocketful of whims?
A universal mind, a child with no habits
With a dimension of willingness
To try, to listen, to ask questions:
How do you say hello, good morning
What ‘s your name? I’m hungry.
Gestures lead conversation and laughter
What will happen?
Complicated things will become simplified
Pull a string, turn a knob, a story will open
In ruins or splendor, devoid of boredom,new
A genius of a child,
Poor or rich, afraid or fearless
Forever curious, sometimes naughty.
One voice rises
Above all the mingling of street voices:
Sunset is coming.
Come, share our table
Simply feel at home, my friend.
To have known you
You are brimming with gaiety
Paddling the kayak together for one hour
One foggy morning
The river at high tide
The moments of astonishment
Are more than enough for me
To welcome winter.
May be the path has more leaves now
Than when we passed by the day before
Your mind is somewhere else since your friend left
You are not paying attention.
But you still return to the river to fish.
Silence or disinterest
But when you pick up rutabaga
They will start talking with you
A simple algorithm
Not common or sounds exotic
Words can break walls
Collaboration in times of war is dangerous
At other times can bring us peace
If given a day
A drop in one’s lifetime
A person can make another happy.
Once upon a time the distance
Between thoughts is eternity
Time has changed
The distance has narrowed
One thought can almost touch the other thought
Yet we ourselves are getting apart
Much farther then ever before
The noises are ever present
And everywhere, no places
Where quietness reigns
Humanity is diminishing like insects
Information floods and displaced truth
The mind is restless and occupied
Not a moment stilled for self reflection
We are walking statues
Blind and deaf to directions
Or how far is self destruction?
“Hatefulness is everywhere.”
Once, I asked you
If you have a map
You smiled and I smiled
We both knew the answer
And we were silent, our faces blank
We walked away sad
With tears in our eyes.
To go far, to do a little
More, we need
To walk together.
My moment of the day is listening and reading the story of two climbers: Brian Mann & Emily Russell. Listen:here
Winter Joy: Breaking Tail in 15 Degrees
by Brian Mann & Emily Russell
“It might sound strange, but there’s something cool about being tested. We’re both tempted to turn back, but we’re also thrilled by the idea that we’re the only humans here. It’s a kind of love-hate thing.
“The thing I like is when a mountain surprises you and the mountain comes out on top,” Emily says. “That’s what happened today.”