Sunday, November 26, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .] I have come around to understand the fact that in promising
us an afterlife, we are being given a chance to take care of
unfinished business. Because who, except the greatest 
of saints and the most innocent of persons, 
doesn't have unfinished business? [. . .]
~ Denise Levertov


Quoted from Emily Archer, "Conversation with Denise Levertov," Image, Issue 18, Winter 1997-1998

Denise Levertov (October 24, 1923 - December 20, 1997), British-Born Poet, Writer, Translator; Teacher; Political Activist

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Uprootings (Poem)


Ungloved hands once plucked ripe olives,
Palestinian symbol of resilience and pride.
They harvest now no more than branch
and bone, sprayed hectares amid grove fires.
In Khan Younis, beyond the border fence,
no one dances dabka. In Nablus, a farmer
hugs her tree, and cries; another watches,
his grape vines crushed, his fingers broken.
A city center's oil spills. A boy's toy
plane soars from a concrete balcony
just seconds before the blast
of a white phosphorus bomb.
Love of the land, for the land:
even the natural history of the soil
is denied, crops confined behind iron
gates, earth mounds, secure checkpoints.

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .] Peace, not only /
the absence of war. [. . .] 
~ Denise Levertov

Quoted from Denise Levertov, "Making Peace" in Breathing the Water (New Directions Press, 1997)

"Making Peace" in The Collected Poems of Denise Levertov (New Directions, 2013), pp. 757-758

Denise Levertov (1923-1997), British-born American Poet, Writer, Translator; Teacher; Political Activist

Denise Levertov Profiles at Academy of American Poets, Image Journal, New Directions, The New York Times

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Thought for the Day

Eat the cake!
~ Hadley Vlahos on Advice from the Dying
Quoted from "Biloxi Native Writes WSJ bestseller 'The In Between'," Interview on WLOX (Video), June 27, 2023

 Hadley Vlahos, Hospice Nurse; Author, The In Between (Penguin Random House, 2023)
David Marchese, "A Hospice Nurse on Embracing the Grace of Dying," Interview, The New York Times, October 21, 2023

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Thought for the Day

. . . if your moral compass is attuned to the suffering of only one
side, your compass is broken, and so is your humanity.
~ Nicholas Kristof
Quoted from Nicholas Kristof, "Opinion: Seeking a Moral Compass in Gaza's War" in The New York Times, October 11,  2023 (Online)

Nicholas Kristof, Columnist, The New York Times; Pulitzer Prize Winner; Author