Archive for : April, 2007

The flee from me

They flee from me, that somtime did me seke

– Thomas Wyatt

Waiting properly

‘You must learn to wait properly’

‘And how does one learn that?’

‘By letting go of yourself, leaving yourself and everything yours behind you so decisively that nothing more is left of you but a purposeless tension’

– Eugen Herrigel from Zen in the Art of Archery

Serenity is the final word

In this reflection all intentional efforts vanish.
Serenity is the final word of all the teachings;
Reflection is the response to all manifestations.

– Hung Chih

Taint nobody’s biz-nes if I do

If I should take a notion to jump into the ocean ‘taint nobody’s biz-ness if I do, do, do, do.

If I go to church on Sunday, then just shimmy down on Monday, ‘Taint nobody’s biz-nes if I do if I do.

If my friend ain’t got no money and I say take all mine, honey, ‘Taint nobody’s biz-ness if I do, do, do, do.

If I give him my last nickel and it leaves me in a pickle, ‘Taint nobody’s biz-ness if I do, if I do.

– Bessie Smith (words and music by Porter Grainger and Everett Robbins)

Under Milkwood

We are not wholly bad or good
Who live our lives under Milk Wood,
And Thou, I know, wilt be the first
To see our best side, not our worst.

– Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)  in Under Milkwood