Long poem by
Gerald Dillenbeck | Details |
There is nothing weaker than water
But none is superior to it in overcoming the hard,
For which there is no substitute.
(Laotse, "Nothing Weaker Than Water", Lin Yutang, trans.)
That weakness of mind and body overcomes strength
And unitarian co-gentleness overcomes universalist rigidity,
No Yang does not know;
No yin can put into practice.
Therefore the Sage Says:
"Who receives unto self the MLK calumny of the world
Is the preserver of an equilibrious state.
Who bears the dissonant sins of the world's living systems
Is the resonantly full-conscious mentor within this NOW world moment."
Straight words seem crookedly dissonant, distorted, unparadigmed.
Evolution's Time seems revolutionary.
(Adapted from "Nothing Weaker Than Water")
Prophecy's weakness is lack of redemptive empowerment.
The strength of prophecy
for redemptive effectiveness
is its weakness
as culturally dissonant.
Too much dissonance is dismissed as insanity
Too little dissonance is not co-prophetic
and therefore not redemptive.
This cutting edge
tipping wu-wei point of rationality
is the weakness of optimally ebbing and flowing water
as ecological synergy
as Positive Yang balancing Negentropic Yin-Yin
Double SpaceTime Binding Teleology.
When Yin-Water absorbs Earth,
then She becomes stagnant entropy,
unable to continue flowing,
A Universalist Yin EcoCenter
evolves as stagnant pond
what were dynamic rivers,
seasonally surfing oceans--
a Holding Space wherein Time stands relativistically
like a vacuum of interior landscaped atmosphere;
more likely to produce a horrific monoculture
of mold and mosquitoes
and revolutionary change.
For this we want Time's river function,
swelling springs of Transmillennial comprehensive consciousness.
Western Business-As-Usual culture
understands love as "kindness."
Eastern permacultural comprehensive consciousness of Time
as panentheistic and teleological "love"
evokes mutual, co-redemptive, namaste--
A Buberian mutually mentored I-Thou bow.
mutual gratitude of synergetic energy,
requires a Bucky Fuller dynamic balance
between freedom to comprehend and embrace
our eco-center in each eternal moment,
as subconscious freedom from awareness of only Ego,
our more limited Left-brain's "small-self" center.
Kindness, and unkindness,
are gratefully, and rudely,
extended, not extended,
to ourselves as empathized "Other."
These are ego-ionic actions
to teach us how to be more mutually generous
in each of our primal relationships
with Love's ecological comprehension
of Time's Yangish and Yinnish rebalancing ways.
What is fair,
within contentious issues,
is found where our mutually held eco-center points,
always wu-wei midway between
the most Yang-power value extreme
and the most Yin laissez-faire "both-and" inclusively unitarian absorbancy.
Nature abhores a perfect vacuum of either Yang or Yin,
Left with Right languaged intelligence.
When we identify with a "downstream" yin position,
our underdog empathy extends to include
reaching toward increasingly marginalized and irrational
"Other" position of empathic identity.
Our eco-centric Right-brain starts from this position,
as a holonic reiteration of "Self's" encultured history,
then flows economic and ecological "generosity"
of loving values
"upstream" toward our mutually mentored,
planted and rooted and trimmed and pulled, and encoded lexicon,
decomposed and empathized,
intuited Yang position,
looking for that tipping point boundary of the unconscious
that is wide enough to capture all synergetically oriented practitioners
racing issues through our surfing moments and lives.
Justice trickles up and out,
as well as down and in,
washing back and forth through fields of unconscious cognitive dissonance,
to emerge toward a consensus of collectively generous,
but not overly generous,
inclusive coredeemer ecojustice.
An enculturation laundry,
but go easy on the yin-bleach.
If I lacked something of the "underdog,"
the "criminal" and "crazy"
within my holonic human nature,
then my nature would be neither holonic nor human.
Yang's "bad boy" universalist megalomania
and sociopathological ego-power
is a challenging competitive dimension
within our ego-centric,
of evolution's meaning;
while Yin's ubiquitous "Other"-love as "Self,"
generosity to the extreme of unitarian self-exiting wishfulness,
is our more primal RNA holonic-cellular intelligence
of generosity's ecological win-win scenario,
devoid of ego's self-distinguishing,
and often dissonant,
and too loud,
and Left-brain dominant,
voice and language.
Kindness and unkindness are transactions between unequals.
Generosity and stinginess of empathy,
and what eco-consciousness invites
as appropriately proportional response,
are transactions between mutual mentors
of gratitude, and lack thereof.
Differences between ego's intended kindness
and eco's well-practiced generosity
include a Taoist position that kindness and unkindness
are not found in nature,
as synergetic mutual gravity,
is the source of natural systems,
of bilateral life and time,
as opposed to the existence of...
nothing; entropic unconsciousness.
Kindness suggests I am extending something to another
that this person has not earned,
does not rightfully and justly deserve
within the normal flow of time's river.
Generosity is a mutually intended practice
of radical equanimity and empathy,
a grateful acceptance of our profound interdependence
of cause and effect,
stimulus and response.
Generosity is about absorbing and hopefully co-redeeming
our mutual assets and liabilities
to resolve an issue
whose outcome can be a mutual win
from a position of profoundly radical
mutual mentorship co-identity.
I show you mine
if you truly swim with me.
Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2015
Long poem by
Gerald Dillenbeck | Details |
I'm so confused,
raised to believe cooperative love overpowers competing fears
about scarcity of time,
and other resources,
and anger about past over- and under-valuing of myself
as a regenerative resource,
raised to believe the Golden Rule
is most effectively applied to all life,
as cooperative ecologically regenerative potential,
I don't see how it could be OK
to run a national political campaign
assuming I will confuse the taking of life for nutritional needs
as less just than the taking of life for punishment and retributive needs,
death-debt owed for death-taken,
as if it were possible to kill
disenculturing clans of terrorists
for each and every innocent life taken
with such unholy cynicism as anti-life hopeless degenerates.
I find this violence-begets-violence nowhere else
in any ecosystem,
anything that could possibly be called a sustainable system,
in any form of nature,
other than humane nature as de-natured humanity.
However, now that I think of it,
perhaps we do see something of its kind
in diseased and over-crowded populations,
literally eating their young.
We often call this "rabidity",
swarming in a monocultural snarl,
turn on each other
begin unprovoked cannibalism,
prey on each other,
perhaps as a form of punishment or retribution
for past angers and fears only these terrorist champions of chaos
a mounting prescient culture of mutual disregard and antipathy,
trending toward Lose-Lose sociopolitical economic and ecological
is it wise to sanction violence to be perpetrated by others
on our behalf,
at any scale,
for any reason?
How is abuse and neglect of death-producing miscreants
for a person who believes in the power of cooperative love
as a more effective Golden Rule
than "Beat Others down before they Win more than you"?
Does this intend to include anything but monocultural AnthroCentric overcrowding, more violence,
trending toward decomposition of all Earth's systems?
Am I to invest
in a competing human race
or a humanizing regenerate space and time?
Or, is it something MidWay between,
sometimes competing anger and fear might be Teachers,
although still not the best choice-makers.
Perhaps we could leave cooperative balancing
of Tipping Point decomposition
and analysis of therapeutic/toxic trends,
within exclusive charge of CoArising Love as Golden Rule choice-making;
choosing whether or not to disinvest in regenerative health potential values of a life,
or a biosystem,
to optimally invest in Earth's regenerating health and vitality.
Yet, Earth does not necessarily
always and at all times,
water humane flowers
to starve the weeds.
More often, weeds starve flowers of water
as Crusading Christians starved diversity of intelligence
through violent ex-communication.
So, if these interdependently organic
between and within individuals,
families of weeds,
tribes of flowers,
nations and planets,
and the ecobalance of co-arising space with time
are what we seem to love,
then why do we suboptimize with Win-Lose economic and political choices
to compete with each other
sense of vocational value,
for power to declare war on each other,
the right to abuse and neglect and ex-communicate each other,
as if Earth's evolutionary journey
is not historically rooted
in cooperative regenerate enculturation,
as any of life's surviving cells
could quickly attest,
even under threat of ex-communication.
It is difficult for me to find any faith
or even hope
in the belief that Earth produced this humanizing race
toward degenerating dissonance
and overly-competitive Win to Lose strategies
of Left-brain cultural and language
and political and economic
It feels less confusing to me
to comprehend we are ecoconsciously co-loving each other
in a rapidly overpopulating monocultural species
with humane researching and incubating
emergently embryonic cooperative aspirations
to optimize WorldWide Win-Win ecosystemic networks,
to balance Left with Right mindbody co-mentoring intelligence,
harmonizing all our bicameral systemic information,
issuing inductive from Heaven's TransParent Cloud
and deductive from Earth's RNA icons
of recreating intelligence,
form with nondual co-arising cooperative function,
noun as verb,
poly-goal as perma-path,
and harmonic-octave frequencies
in 4-square Prime Sequential Relationship,
both Time's co-gravitating with Space's thermodynamic balance,
Yang OVER yin-squared = c-squared ecoconsciousness
of Universal TransParent (0) Metric Light Balance.
Perhaps, then, it is less confusing to me
to think about how to invest more wisely
in non-violent empathy of Basic Attendance
to notice and listen with still-centered mindbody,
empathically absorbing claustrophobic fear and anger
saturating toxic terror that my life,
therefore your life,
has no ego-intrinsic value
because LeftEgo is too dissonantly dominant
over Right EcoEarth Regenerational Analogic
CoEmpathic Arising Function,
so my death, therefore your death,
has no Earth-intrinsic regenerative value or disvalue.
From this position
I cannot see Allah as ReGenerator Power and Flow,
Form with NatureFunction,
Love with Synergetic Intent,
TransParent Empathic Elational Present
Concave HomePlace within Convex healthCulture
through Time's bilaterally co-gravitating eco-normative lens.
How is any directive to starve and/or neglect and/or kill
not what Christians have known as ex-communication
Dissonance struggling against dissonance,
when we could choose to emerge mutually-resonant regenerators,
re-communicative poly-empathic optimizers,
co-mentoring Earth-regenerate soil
reforesting our rivers for clean water,
repurposing mutual immunity
as mutual subsidiarity within
These three held together into perpetuity,
Earth Tribal ReSolution.
Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2015
Long poem by
Gerald Dillenbeck | Details |
This revolutionary message
is brought to you by
TransMillennial EarthTribe CoOperative,
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belonging to, rather than longing for, happy healthy wives and husbands,
regenetically robust Positive Humanitarian Psychology Global parents
of unbounding (0) sum-soul-core bicameral wisdom,
practical and nonjudgmental cooperative-trusting ecopolitical support,
and never ever victims of self-and-other condemnation.
So, dreaming of healthier kids,
with healthy dreams
capable of delivering robustly healthy grandkids,
We want and hope for nothing more or less
than a happy life prospering positive faith
that tomorrow will bring more smiles of creative,
mentally and physically healthy,
and graceful more than clumsy,
positive more than negative,
cooperatively surrounded by warmth of empathic trust,
rather than competing with each other to survive
further re-enactments of premillennial WinLose
devolving paranoid nationalistic Yang LeftBrain Dominant lives.
We, both Right and Left,
enjoy good robust food,
and fragrances and sights and fertile-polypathic thoughts,
diastolic climates of health
emerging from static decomposition of competitive wealth
in and of and for Earth's dipolar spiral of Right/Left
Earth's ReGenerate NotNot Self-Optimization EnCulturation
TransMillennial Strings of Fertile-Evolutioning WinWin BioNurturing Time.
We, the children of Light evolving good water
then healthy-fertile soil,
want reassurance we need never worry that our supply of healthy edibles
should ever become our last shared multicultural climax,
now hopelessly and pathologically lost
now including tomorrow.
We grow in comprehending impatience with corrupt competitions of WinLose Gamers,
suffering from public veniality,
hypocrisy of nationalist politicians from dinosaur pasts
unable to deliver any hope of positive faith,
or even the basic ecopolitical wisdom of WinWin ecological evolutioning theory
of time's nature/exterior and spirit/interior bicameral revolutions.
We are exhausted with absence
of strong-nurtured hope for future healthy generations
of EarthCentric bicameral humanization
of Time's Earth-bound continuing quiet revolution,
Spiral-Spinning PolyNutritional Seasons,
interior/exterior dipolar co-arising enthymematic dialectical landscapes,
Left-Exterior with Right Elder Interior-Historic
back through RNA root systemic nutritional light/dark octave-frequency ecologies
of bicameral mindbody enculturation;
Earth's Creation Story
as told LeftBrain dominant languaged,
now impatient with past economic and political experiences
sometimes a little paranoid,
feelings and thoughts
about corruption and private/public competing hypocrisies,
and maybe even the occasional sinister,
Old Boys Network,
conspiracy theory, or two,
and then there are the worries about liberal politicians
who know about lawyering
but not about working with,
skillful hands and legs
and bodies working to make stuff
that everybody needs
so everybody can eat
and have a place to call home,
with some friends,
and healthy air and water,
so some forests and parks and hiking space,
and mountains that still have glaciers,
And maybe a nice monitor,
and a wood stove for winter,
but we would also like to have family and neighborhood histories
and for our kids,
where people enjoy our back yards
and front yard boulevard gardens together,
thrive on deep ecopolitically rich ambiance,
laughter and loving mutual respect
between cultures and language choices and dialects and generations
of multiculturing species.
We want to be surrounded by others with good healthy judgment,
to be used to help,
to become even more kind and thoughtful,
and certainly mutually-cooperatively respectful;
and not ever guilty of using cognitive-affective judgment,
to condemn ourselves,
or anyone we know and care for,
and ever have known and cared for
within the entire line of our regenetic memory stream.
What we don't get
is why some of the TransMillennial Silent Majority...
Oh, we just got it.
OK, so, what we don't appreciate
is why some of the remaining PreMillennial Silent Majority
cannot see Hillary Clinton as someone who might share our Vision Quest
for a healthier,
nutritionally happy life,
and we don't get how any self-respecting member of the EarthTribe Fundamental Faith in Healthy ReGenerative Economic and Politically Nurturing and Empowering Services
to actively grow more CoOperative Economics and Political EcoSystems,
health production and nutritional reassurance,
and regenerative consumer safety and nutritional security and defense rights
at optimally sustainable ecological multicultural levels;
would vote for a political leader
who hopes for four years to have his WinLose CEO way
with his formerly rich and fertile nation
of hypocritically religious pussy losers,
as he seems to see us now.
So why would his Win
not make us self-selecting assets for further molestation?
We would prefer a leader who recognizes we are both predator and prey,
over one who chooses predator
so we become prey.
Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2016
Long poem by
Gerald Dillenbeck | Details |
People, Places, and Things I Didn't Know I Trusted
I rather suddenly, and belatedly,
realized I trust the highest and best use for language,
for every community and communication of faith,
for every school and pedagogical political enculturation,
for every farm and forest,
for every government, including self-replicating government,
for every recreation and arts center,
for every human and animal and Earth service agency,
for every family and tribe and species,
for every ego centered identity
of every age past and to come,
is to become the very best PermaCultural Designers and Developers possible,
to achieve outstanding Continuous Quality Improvement
Health and Safety ecological balance,
inclusive of multi-regenerational outcomes.
Our highest and best polyculturing vocations,
given our current ego as anthrocentric health v pathology situation
and creation story.
Our PostMillennial Creation Story
began in response to an AgriBusiness As Usual environment
moving away from balanced political and economic norms
about harvesting what you plant,
transgender, and transgenerational complementary equivalence
of authority and responsibility.
This PostMillennial PermaCultural pedagogy of poli-economic design
draws on older nutritional root systems,
reseeding agribusiness norms
with cooperative poli-economic principles
for not only planting mutual subsidiarity
and harvesting complementarity of regenerative health-trends,
but also incorporates polypathic hunting and decompositional gatherings
of mutually enriching engorging celebration of wisdom
through past and future generations,
assuming a benign cooperative (0)-sum interest
co-arising trusting Host
incarnating our landscaped universe of mutually subsidiary parasites,
cooperatively loving our health-balancing yin-principle
integrity of health-normed polyculturing evolutionary compass.
In PermaCulture Design environments,
communication follows and leads a nutritionally-intended flow stream,
with both confluent and some dissonant suboptimizing resonance,
but producing basic healthy trust in WinWin communication
within and between Informed/Exforming/Exformed/Reforming potential.
"Waste" is pathology, loss,
dissonance within outcomes,
but heard as a potential poli-economic resource,
a suffering that will teach us something
we need to learn
about how to never plan for WinLose outcomes.
never settle for less than (0)-remainder Ego-ReGenerative Trust,
CoArising Empathic Balance.
In PermaCulture Development planning,
our first rule is to do no harm,
following the principle of mutual subsidiarity.
A corollary of note to program and policy developers
and contract writers
be careful about what and whom we ask for,
rather than with,
and where we may under- and over-project
ecological healthy outcomes in response to client investment.
When organizing and developing well-integrated ecosystems,
we optimize design by giving political preference
cooperative empowerment Principles of Complementarity,
what Bucky Fuller comprehended more universally as Synergy,
and Love of healthy integrating balance-harmonics.
Community organizers and builders,
religious co-empathic trust organizers,
international communication developers and discerners,
public and private therapeutic dialogue facilitators,
health lobbyists and economists,
all recognize that where one ends up
is hugely and persistently boundaried
by where and when and why one starts.
Business As Usual
does not trust mutual subsidiarity
except in embryonic through innocent young child incarnations,
with DNA-driven original ecosystemic norms
of fractal-complementary fold/unfold thermodynamic balance.
But my more permacultural business as usual
begins with diversely entwined
mutually defining and enriching,
protecting and promoting,
grassroot and vision-seed investors,
wisely trusting our multicultural anthrocentric planning process
and nutrition-balancing budget.
My PermaCulture Trust in integral,
and sacred principles of complementarity
operates under and within geometric,
systemic primal relationship assumptions
of kosmic original intent:
We are all poli-economically within this Golden Rule Universe together.
regardless of species or ecosystemic dialect and rhythm of identity,
is a potential Golden Rule PermaCultural Ally,
in a (0)-core landscaped Universe.
Metaphor and story,
analogy and biology,
ecology and teleology and theology,
syllogisms and algorithms
mutually comprehend this eternal moment's orthopraxis
of (0)-footprint bicameral co-empathic trust.
This radical and profound active trust
is our complementary faith
in time's unfolding nutritional balance,
our understory of pedagogical deep-learning structures
found within religion,
minds as also bodies,
moments and days and years and centuries of evolving history,
ReGenerative Open EcoSystemic Design.
If this PermaCulture word had been visible to Bucky Fuller,
writing about synergetic bio- and eco-systems,
he might have entitled his universalist prosepoetry
and design scriptures
PermaCultural System Design and Development.
When Thomas Kuhn's Problem of Incommensurability
Solutions of CoEmergent MultiParadigmatic MultiRegenerational Commensurability,
then I recognize dissonance
within a more resonant meta-paradigm
as more than hopeless suffering.
We act in cooperative trust
Absence of Potential Resonance,
feelings of poli-economic longing for relational resolution,
become our teachers of opportunities
to avoid monocultural-trending climatic ego-identity crises.
Noticing absence of fully matured relational trust
unveils potential for more deeply integrating
exegetical truths of mutual subsidiarity
with eisegetical agapic-beauty of complementary vocations.
Why settle for self or other;
not healthy-wealth WinWin?
Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2016
Long poem by
T Wignesan | Details |
Unquotable quotes: Tale-Carriers, Gossip-Mongers, Courrier-Pigeon Caretakers, Smoke-Signal Puffers and Tom-Tom Thumpers – XXVI
Could there be such things as political shenanigans or inter-continental warfares, even catastrophes, natural disasters, tsunamis, irruptions, conflagrations, inundations, landslides, typhoons, tornadoes, hurricanes, plagues, pestilence, famines, accidents, police brutality, paedophilia, fratricide, patricide, racism, anti-semitism, corruption, assassinations, bankruptcy, elections, stock-exchange slumps and ruptures, parades and protests, street demonstrations, hooliganism, gangsterism, sexual scandals, incest, money-laundering, illegal migrations, airplane crashes, train derailments, highway pile-ups, weather forecasts, UFOs, even “Trumps” without journalists pouncing to remind us of them all the time? Has anyone wondered how our forefathers managed to live without them?
If you want to know what happened yesterday – too late – when you were asleep, then read the newspapers.
If you want to know what happened a week or a month ago when the floods had already washed your cherished possessions down gaping ravines, then read the weeklies and monthlies.
If you want to know what is going to happen the very next minute – or even moment – then watch TV breaking news – only be prepared for the long haul - baby bottle warmers and napkins at the ready.
As you all already know, the only use left for the radio is to keep truck-drivers from dozing off on the thighs of hitch-hikers up on high winding mountain trails.
If you look carefully at a TV interview with politicians, you are bound to see a safety zoo rocky pit and railings between the interviewer and the interviewees: your guess as to who play the fauves or predatory immunised overlords.
Have you ever wondered why even the most powerful politicians in a TV interview never fail to use the catch-phrase: “A very good question!” – either as a shield for their embarrassment in not wanting to reveal the truth or as a ploy or ruse to appease the blood-thirsty interviewer. The Pullitzer awaits the interviewee who can devise another catch-phrase like: “Great question!, I'd never have in a million years even.! And Lo! a golden sunlight beam lassoes the Sultan’s turret in a noose of fright!’”
Every one-man/one-woman show is an excuse for the host to voice his or her own opinions on any or all subjects: the guest-invitees serving as mere sounding boards.
Why is it that TV literary programmes always shy away from having to examine the contents of books in lieu of the authors, critics and publishers’ personal and inter-personal relations?
The football commentator spends 90% of his time telling the tele-spectator just what transpired two minutes previously, and the rest of the time reminding us of the idiocy of the coaches on the losing side for keeping the real stars stuck to their reserve benches.
If only there was a button on the TV remote control to shut out the commentators’ grumpy voices at the annual Euro-Vision Song Contests!
Even the studio-commentator’s voice hushes when the golf-ball is about to be hit!
The difference between a news anchor-man and an anchor-woman is that the latter makes the former envious.
Do failed writers take to journalism? Or do writers who want to get published take to journalism?
The press conference is the most frequent opportunity journalists have to embarrass and expose politicians.
The wise politician appoints a Press Secretary to avoid the debacle – for it is he and he alone who can put an end to the conference.
There’s a Franco-German workday news review run by a winsome bubbly, quick-thinking lady - given now and then to lewd jokes – called “28 Minutes” on ARTE (the liveliest and most intellectually stimulating “University” in the World) which brings together intellectuals and savant commentators who vie with one another to out-talk themselves all at the very same moment, and if you put together all the words uttered in one line, it would wind its way through our Milky Way and re-appear as fulminating and salivating volcanic cheese. If anyone still wonders who inherited Imelda Marcos's wardrobe, you don't have to look hard or long at the show every evening!
Every so often, guest cartoonists (male, saucy females) appear on the scene, and even before the cartoons are flashed – subliminally – on the screen, the debators would have laughed their heads off, making it all seem (except to the French, one hopes) the very private jargon joke of the journalists’ trade cracked in a French café.
If only journalists could be nurtured on Alistair Cooke’s “Letter from America” (1947-2004), the (Manchester) Guardian correspondent in New York, the world would appear less harrassed and be put through less turmoil, and be amused by his detached but curious eye, while being titillated by his avuncular tone.
Just think Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” and his radio series on the Martian invasion of New York - after all – goaded him to lament: “I spend 98% of my time looking for the funds to make my pictures…” (or words to the effect).
Had André Fontaine, Chief Editor of Le Monde, accepted the offer of the top diplomatic post in Peking during the seventies, would the paper sway Presidents and PleniPotentiaries today?
Report an isolated act of injustice, and the people will want the culprit lynched; report the repeated acts of injustice of a given State, and a whole lot of States within the Bloc will rush to succour the beleagured ally. Stop reporting these acts of injustice, and they will diminish on their own - for the perpetrators love the limelight. The more one sees and listens to leaders on the tele, the more they become entrenched in their “self-martyred” positions.
Thanks to journalists, the World lies at the tip of our fingers: we can eat and watch, we can eat and computer-read; and we can eat and listen to the tell-tale tom-toms. Or NOT at all !
© T. Wignesan – Paris, 2016
Copyright © T Wignesan | Year Posted 2016
Long poem by
Laura Breidenthal | Details |
Upon this date he spoke no more of the preceding moments,
Tearing and hurling insult upon insult
In several directions, his tongue whipped and scorched me,
And he waited relentlessly to see the spark in my eyes fade…..
He was so livid by my silence, he began thrashing around the walls,
Grabbing a wayside demon and crushing him into the ground…
He destroyed Death’s bass, pulling off each string in monotone menace
Glaring at me, as he yanked each off,
The whine of its timbre flooding the eerie, murky pit……
“Nothing else, but you and I,
No more music, no more beat…
Your heart alone is enough to drive me mad…”
He spat into the crushed instrument,
And Death cowered, scampering away like a wounded rat
Picking up the pieces as he disappeared into the soot
“Just you and I,
I will not hear another cry except from your lips…
No cheer, except from your voice,
No fear, except from your soul…
No support from above….no love to bring us light…”
I circled him my tears glistening,
The light burning him, as he laughed bitterly
And I sang…
“Your attacks drill against your friends,
Your darkness sifts, in pending motion,
You can crush the pulse that you began,
Though you cannot end my faith and devotion.”
He stared, his nostrils flaring,
His claws protruding in and out
Suddenly he smiled, and he was calm again
The wailing of a freshly injured demon faintly sounding…
“Tell me Loving Lady,
Of what you recall of mortality…
What do you miss the most?
The rush of Death’s call,
The touch of slowly falling?
The thrill of free-will…kissing the darts…
The crushing of sadness in your feeble heart…
You have missed mortality I am sure,
You have missed the spirit of mutiny,
The infernal blaze of my brilliant core…
We need not but our voices to replay such times,
I remember your days as much as I do mine…
Remember you used to lust and lie?
Remember when you were afraid to die?
Those darkest nights, remember me grinning?
Remember the infatuation of sinning?
No, it was your art, and you left a trail,
So He might follow close behind might you fail…
He allowed you to suffer, to ache…to retch
You forgot Him, and embraced my ways…
Do you ever miss those wondrous days…
Surely, surely you must appraise…”
I picked up a lone string of Death’s mighty bass,
Feeling the metallic twine cool in my hand
The crushed demon moaned in agony beside me…
“Mortality was a rustic feat into the fray,
Many times blinded in the dark, to emerge into the day
I miss the way danger led to discovery,
In suffering greatly, I miss the relief of recovery
I miss the way it was so bittersweet,
When the wrinkles began to appear…
I miss the sound of that single drop of rain…
Falling into the rest, never missed, always blessed…
Recalling the times I have stumbled,
I miss what now I clearly see…
I recollect darker emotions and I miss how they built me,
How they led me to the ones that guarded me to the end
So I might live in a better place where pardon became my friend…
Death’s voice intrigued me, frightened me, redeemed me,
The falling of those around me led me to my calling,
And swiftly, failing became a past that set me free…
The test of free-will became a weight upon my shoulder,
The challenge became what shaped me as I grew older…
Sadness became easier, and less enjoyable,
When I focused my life to the skies and into open eyes
I remember the lusts, the lies, the sins—they never belonged to me
At the time, I didn’t see this—they were all I wanted to be….
I hunted to wallow in the madness and sadness of darkness…
I believed I did not deserve the wisdom of righteousness
In my mortal skin, I learned to look deep within…
And fight off the urges…the lusts….the timey wages of sin
It became my duty to no longer allow you in…
Though my love for your redemption grew brighter within…”
The Devil clawed the bass string in my hand
And it strung an empty sound that echoed dryly all around…
“Immortality has its torments too…
See how gently I return to you…”
He never could destroy the beat thumping from my chest…
He merely hummed along with it in begrudging dedication
Stubbornly, he sought for my pain
But the hurt had been released far above, where still he dared not look…
I lifted up a crippled demon and kissed his forehead
“I love you as well, demon, do not be afraid…”
The weary eyes stared into my own, than quickly glanced in fear toward our fuming Prince…
“You understand pain, fear, and torment more than any, I am sure
Would you like to sing too?”
The Devil in rage grabbed the demon by the throat before he could answer
“You foolish woman… he is MY pet…
Nothing else, but you and I…
He has no voice, no heart…no mind…
I give him no permission to,
And he accepts his place…
Unlike I …unlike you…”
I touched his clenched hand, and his grip loosened upon the demon
“All voices deserve to be heard,
Through compassion, let his existence ring…”
The Devil scoffed and threw him down with much force, perturbed
The demon dared not move
“WHY HAVE YOU COME HERE TO US…. To mock me…to turn them against me…?”
The hush of his question held more intensity than his shouting
He belongs in the dust,
At my command… he can never be like us…
You love him as much as pity will allow…
We are special, Silly Being, and his fleck of existence is but a toke
To gamble with for my amusement, nothing more…nothing more….
Stop this attempt to become the idol of the underdog
Don’t be such a predictable bore…”
The demon shriveled, but remained…
Like mortality’s fate, his body did shrink and fade…
But I heard his somnolent thoughts….
…I am but the refrain…
Immortality….. has….. its torments….. too…
Copyright © Laura Breidenthal | Year Posted 2015
Long poem by
Gerald Dillenbeck | Details |
I began reading Jane Anna Gordon's "Creolizing Political Theory"
from the back toward the front,
because if I appreciate where this narrative journey will end,
then I probably will find we start off with similar questions
of economic and political urgency right now.
And, also as is my dialogical custom,
I am working my way through George Lakoff's "The Political Mind,"
this morning starting his chapter on Family Values.
Here is what happened to my parenting political minds,
both the LeftBrain rational-deductive dominant,
and the RightMind matriarchal-familial nurturing,
as Gordon might prefer,
and seems to conclude:
"Dallmayr...warned first against 'imperialist modes of theorizing,'
in which one portion of the [competing rather than cooperating]globe
would monopolize the production of hared means and practices
that should 'only arise from lateral [Right is bilateral, while Left is vertical-hierarchically deductive, empowered exegetically from above] interaction,
[co-mentored, co-operative] negotiation,
and [struggling with but not violently/aggressively against] contestation among different,
historically grown cultural [evolutionary compete/cooperate] frameworks.'
worldly [familial-matriarchal-domestic] theory would emerge out of a middle course [Taoism: wu wei = MidWay, in-between]
between the methods of [geosystemic] abstract generalists
and of narrow [biological ecosystemic] specialists,
neither through seeking 'indiscriminate [yin] assimilation'
nor radically untranslatable [yang-independent] otherness."
"...[A]s evident in the instances of Aristotle,
Baron de Montesquieu,
Charles-Louis de Secondat,
and Alexis de Tocqueville,
Teilhard de Chardin
theory transpires out of journeying to alien political [yet extended familial] worlds
that stir a critical [empathic] sense
of the peculiarity of one's own [monoculturing] institutions,
challenging their seeming [exegetical] inevitability
by nurturing [new bilaterally eisegetical, polypathic] self-understanding
that grounds an enlivened [RightBrain] sense
of [yang-cooperative with yin-integrative] possibility."
"Euben stresses that comparative politial theory cannot rely upon
and should endeavor to challenge
any perception of [extended familial] cultures
as radically distinct
or hermetically sealed.
Countering a dangerous tendency also comparing Western [nonEastern?]
with non-Western philosophical writing
fosters the misperception that these traditions developed in parallel [silos],
independently of one another
[rather than also containing mutually empathic interdependencies]--
Euben focuses on ambivalent treatments of Western modernity
in Arab thought
illuminating internal [both/and] fissures in both that belie their presumed [exegetical ecopolitical] opposition
[as more eisegetically appositional tensegrity (B. Fuller)]."
"If historical designations [LeftBrain deductive labels and frames]...cannot simly be dispensed with,
since they are forms of represenation embedded in [RightBrain] mythologies
that anchor our [ecoconscious] understanding...
and, however imperfectly,
remain short-hand for [extended familial] constellations
of [ecosystemic] sources,
and [ecopolitical] methods of argumentation [acclimation (G. Bateson)]
that while constructed through post factos [symbiotic] agendas
produce family resemblances and recognizable attributes...,
they still obscure messy [chaotic, unresolved, dissonant]
and interpenetrating histories [which are also potentially nutritional herstories,
understories within our larger ecological MotherEarth frame]."
"After all, argues Euben,
the possibility of engaging in comparative [familial] discussions
is a function not of radical [competitive-deductive] difference
but mutual [cooperative-inductive] indebtedness of worlds
not juxtaposed as [theoretically, paradigmatically] discrete.
In the case of 'the West' [nonEast cultural dominance]
both are fundamentally shaped by Semitic [patriarchal, from-above universal empowerment] traditions,
texts considered classical within Europe [extended families]
were reintroduced to its readers through preserved Arabic [extended family Wisdom Literature] translations,
and the Golden Age of Islamic thought
was defined by efforts to forge syncretic [YHWH patriarchal] fusions of Greek and [pre]Islamic [Arabic ecopolitical familial-tribal] resources."
And here's what happened while continuing my Family Economic and Political Values discourse
"Why do certain people,
most of them self-identified as conservatives
[of monoculturally supremacist heterosexuality]
find certain acts of love--
more [extended family] sinful than war or torture?"
"Why should a [LeftBrain ego-supremacist] conservative
living in the Midwest
find it personally threatening when gays get married in San Francisco or Massachusetts?"
"Why doesn't a [health and safety utilitarian survivalist] conservative government
take better care of its veterans,
and why don't [conservative self-condemning] veterans
and their families rebel en masse?"
"Why do progressives feel a sense of responsibility for righting the wrongs
of past generations?"
[Because we hope that's what our kids
will do for their kids?]
"And why should we find progressive and conservative values
and modes of thought outside of politics proper--
Little League coaching,
summer camps, and so on?"
[And who said these are not ecopolitical paradigms?]
Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2017
Long poem by
T Wignesan | Details |
O P S
R - M A D - N
from its fetters
no power without the people
does power arise from any other source
than through the intent to control confine confiscate con conk conjure
computerize contort compel complicate concoct compress concuss conflict
confute condemn corrupt collar convict collectivize confound
concenter communalize collogue collude collonize commandeer
compartmentalize castrate calumniate crucify combinate cutdown curtail
curryfavour curb cully cuff cuckold crush crunch cross-question curveball
conform confuse criticize croak criminate crash cramp cram crackdown
countermine counterfeit counterattack corrode convert contrive
contaminate constrain consecrate
power is a venomous snake
that sheds its skin
but not its venom
free power from its sting
free power from belief
from don’t-not-look-at-me aloofness
from megalomanic mindlessness
from i’m-right-Jack exclusiveness
from self-opining holiness
from airy-fairy grandiloquence
from haughty vengefulness
from scary authoritarianism
from the love of command
from sexually dominating abusiveness
from un-empathic tightfistedness
from back-scratching dastardliness
from building castles in the air-ness
from masonic clubbiness
from musty brotherhood-ness
from stealing and selling-ness
from never-enough greediness
from carion-loving usury
from thoughtless puttingdown-ness
from self-aggrandizing acquisitiveness
from the love of pomposity
from the seclusive-ness of honours
from fawning and flattery
from foggy non-visibility
from armoured parades
© T. Wignesan, Fresnes-Paris, May 14-17, 1997. From the collection : « Poems Omega Plus : a less than obvious sequence », Paris, 2005.
Copyright © T Wignesan | Year Posted 2012
Long poem by
Gerald Dillenbeck | Details |
From Edward de Bono's Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by [NonHierarchical] Step
The emphasis in education has always been on logical sequential thinking which is by [deductively analytical academic] tradition the only proper [true, good, and pretty] use of information.
Creativity [like regenerativity] is vaguely encouraged as some [healthy yet] mysterious[ly beautiful empathic] talent. This book has been about [bi]lateral thinking.
Lateral thinking is not a substitute for the traditional [hierarchical, either-or choice-making eco]logical thinking but a necessary [bilateral Left-Right] complement.
Logical thinking is quite incomplete without lateral[ly stretching ecoconscious health+/pathology-,-] thinking.
Lateral [intuitive empathic feeling] thinking makes quite a different use of [internal/external climate-health/pathology] information from logical (vertical) [hierarchically-nested] thinking.
For instance the need to be right at every step is absolutely essential to logical thinking but quite unnecessary in lateral [organic gestalt empathic] thinking. [with heuristic implicate health/pathology feeling]
It may sometimes be necessary to be [heuristically, imaginatively] wrong in order to dislocate [stress, dissonate] a [thoroughly orthodox] pattern sufficiently for it to re-form in a new way.
With logical thinking one makes immediate judgments,
with lateral thinking one may [must?] delay judgments in order to allow information to interact and generate new [multicultural framing of climate issue] ideas.
The twin aspects of [bi]lateral thinking are first the provocative use of [potentially integrative] information
and second the [resonance] challenge to accepted [exegetical] concepts.
Under[story]lining both these [healthing climate] aspects is the main purpose of [bi]lateral thinking which provides a means to restructure [ecopolitical health v. pathology] patterns.
This restructuring of patterns is necessary to make better [cooperative] use of [(0)sum/core/soul networking] information that is already [multiculturally] available [to ego/ecobalancing consciousness].
It [multiculturally polypathic restructuring of eco-health v degenerative egocentric pathology] is an insight restructuring.
The mind[body] is a [fractal WinWin DNA/RNA designed window-climate] pattern making [eco]system. The [eisegetically stretching heuristic] mind creates [cause-effect rhythm nutrition] patterns out of the environment and then recognizes and uses [reincarnates, repurposes] such [ecological] patterns.
This is the basis of its [regenerate, reiterative] effectiveness.
Because the sequence of arrival of [embryonic good v toxic] information determines how it is to be arranged into a [developmentally healthy-confluent-consilient-syncretic] pattern,
such patterns are always [normally, evolutionally, BusinessAsUsual?] less than the best possible [revolutionarily nutrition-optimized] arrangement of information.
In order to bring such [ecological cooperative-climate model] patterns up to date
and so make better use of the contained [potential integrative] information
one needs a mechanism for [more than deductive-alone] insight restructuring.
This can never be provided by [diseco]logical thinking which works to relate accepted [exegetical, orthodox ecopolitical healthywealth] concepts not to [optimally] restructure them.
[Bi]Lateral thinking is demanded by the [organic-syncretic-empathic] behaviour of this [deductive-only] type of [suboptimizing] information processing system in order to bring about [more optimal] insight [of richer nutritious] restructuring.
The [basic co-empathic trust stretching] provocative function of lateral thinking and the [either-or] challenging [both-and] function are both directed towards this end.
In both cases information is used in a [health-holistic-positive deviance] manner that goes beyond reason for [eco]lateral [metaphoric] thinking works outside of [ecologically restrained] reason.
Yet the need for lateral thinking is based quite [eco]logically on the [nutritional] deficiencies of a self-maximizing [ego-only monocultural] memory system which is the type of [reductiveEmpty yet organicInterdependent] system that makes the mind capable of humour [good and bad].
Lateral thinking works at an earlier [more primal interrelational] stage than [deep-etched] vertical thinking. Lateral thinking is used to [invites syncretic] restructure the [linear monocultural cause-effect string] perceptual pattern which is the way a situation is looked at [framed, and sometimes gradually acclimated toward].
Vertical thinking then accepts that perceptual [climate-gestalt] pattern and [re]develops [stretches toward?] it.
Lateral thinking is [stretch to rebalance] generative, vertical [ecopolitical] thinking [and acting] is [BusinessAsCompetitivelyUsual--WinLose] selective.
[Regenerative climate-health] Effectiveness is the aim of both.
Yang with Yin,
Hierarchical Space with BiLateral Time,
egobody with eco-mind,
Left with Right,
Polynomial with NotHealth-NotWealth Polypathic bicameral equivalence,
light-squared as reverse double-binding cosmology
of Earth's regenerating bicameral now.]
Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2016
Long poem by
Gerald Dillenbeck | Details |
Children are Fundamentalists
Children are literalists,
When they hear
“You’re filthy and you stink!”
the younger they are,
the less likely to hear as a mature adult might,
“You have a sour smell on you.
Please go bathe,
and use some soap and shampoo,
and you might want to think about some conditioner
and body lotion
while you’re in there
taking care of your lovely and beloved self.”
Early language and experiential learners,
younger students of what this culture,
and this particular relationship,
is about right now,
interpreters of newer lines of eisegetical experience,
newer exegetes of communication’s more recent transactions,
begin with fundamental heuristics,
and expand out more ecologically and analogically from that root.
should a parent,
or some other powerful political and/or economic figure
in any younger and significantly less powerful life,
rant and rave about my stinky marginal self,
as a child I would hear this as a foul-soiled Ego identity.
Not necessarily something that could be easily remedied with a soapy bath.
We begin as fundamentalists,
in which stinky mindbody pathology issues
delivered with ballistic verbal aggression
root more deeply into our self-identity,
to help us discover how we must be,
steeped in negativity, pathology.
The opposite of all the above
could lead to reduced cognitive-affective dissonance,
and a more Positive Psychology,
a more cooperative political economy of proactive self and other communication
WinWin exegetical enculturation
Rather than more competitive fundamentalist
Lose the Stinky Loser!
Capacity to sustain mature loving communication
expands through longer sustained primary political and economic relationships.
These primal communicative transactions
favor finding our co-empathic balance,
where my image of how you are feeling,
my predictions of how you will feel and think
when I do and say as I prefer right now,
matters not more than my own ego’s thoughts and feelings,
but not less either.
Rather, political and economic cooperative relationships
evolve positively across time’s revolving moments,
actively sending and stretching toward our mutually co-arising confluence
(“contentment” for students of Laotse)
to live within this relationship
within each moment of time
within this Basic Attendance sweet spot as much as possible,
and to learn how to co-adjust,
how to communicate with bilaterally cooperative political mind
and economic body balance
to co-host our future Beloved Communication,
spinning away from climatic crises
yet embracing their opportunities for deeply fundamental learning,
gaining more mature, healthier, co-arising polycultural capacity for love.
Norwood, Pascal, and Pronoia v Political Pathology
Robin Norwood brings evidence that too much active love
invested where not appreciated,
so perhaps divested of appropriate communication,
can grow beyond ego’s capacity to sustain healthy
self-nurturing curiosity, active hope and faith in self identity
as good and loving and healthy person,
Yet, Poet Pascal,
“When one does not love too much,
one does not love enough.”
Perhaps Pascal does not know sustained investment in active love
without at least occasional appreciation of love in return.
Perhaps this critical and chronic disease
of too much comparatively given
and not received
and returned positive intention despite not received
is more about active faith than reiteratively healthy love.
Abundantly reiterative love
grows crippled through non-investment in faith
in basic ego’s healthy attendance,
in basic anthro’s healthy co-attendance to Earth’s exegetically syntaxed nature,
active hope roots and delivers through past mutually co-gravitational
co-arising investments in time’s universally healthy love
regeneration, fundamentally exegetical
and ecologically eisegetical
co-arising through (0) sum political balance,
as positive co-lateral enthymematic intent.
Shout out (but not too loud or soft)
to Rob Brezsny
“Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia”
for pointing to this Norwood-Pascal paradox,
dipolar appositions of creative political stress
through cognitive dissonance.
Bucky Fuller’s Bilateral Existentialism
consciousness of experience
emerges thru DNA/RNA encoding memory restrictions, strictures,
appositional associations between
metaphysical ecosystemic minds
physical biosystemic bodies.
Experience co-arises positively and cooperatively through evolutionary hope
of further enthymematic co-gravitation,
notnot, dust to dust of dipolar complexity
appositioned with Positive to Positive,
WinBioEgo + WinEco
Ego – Eco
in Fullerian iconography
Plan B + Plan A
organic + systemic co-intelligence of DNA,
Embryonic Seedship Earth
as Solar-Powered Health v. Pathology Intelligent Design
Co-Designing Past thru Future BiLateral Time.
Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2016