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Born and raised most of my childhood in the Mexican border town of Matamoros, Tamaulipas. Have been writing poetry most of my life for some still-undiscovered reason. 

A Dozen Down

Blog Posted:3/16/2023 9:20:00 PM

This has been helpful.  Revisiting the poems, I have slowly come to a realization. I have been lying when I say they are based on the I Ching. They are not BASED on the I Ching, but, rather they use the I Ching as a jumping-off point. In order to combat writer's block, I would read and reflect on the meaning of the hexagram at hand, then, really, use that meditation as a mere PROMPT. The finished product had no responsibility toward the hexagram itself. If we think in terms of painting, it would be as if a painter blindly reached his hand into a bucket filled with paint tubes, pulled one out, and then set out creating a painting which used that one color, however much or however little inspiration would allow. A second function of using the I Ching was to hijack my natural impulse to collect (complete) in order to motivate myself to finish 64 poems. Really, there was no way I would not finish them. 

But, something happened along the way to Albuquerque. The focus on the process overtook the works themselves. They are, each, poems. No more, no less. Just poems, connected by virtue of being authored by the same person. As it should be. This forced period of reflection has revealed a weakness in me, a fear, a lack of courage. That, and also what I read today about zebras. See, zebras do not camuflage themselves with their surrounding environment, obviously: They camuflage themselves with EACH OTHER, so that predators can't distinguish any single zebra when they pack close together, impeding the attack.  Likewise, my insistence in grouping all these particular poems together forestalls, in my subconcious mind, criticism of any single poem; As if to say "If you didn't like this one, no matter, there is this next one, and beside, notice how it fit neatly with the others. Judge it by the whole and not the each." 

I am at a crossroad.  I don't imagine breaking them up and 100% individualizing them.  There IS value to the thread that binds them, and fun to explore.  Something must be done though, before the final presentation is set. I don't know, yet, what.  Good thing I don't plan on dying soon. There's time (man, if that isn't tempting destiny...).

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3/28/2023 34 Da Zhuang: a man of stone - 1975 Free verselonging,love,sad love,
3/28/2023 28 Da Guo: across the great pass Free verselove,lust,passion,
3/21/2023 25 Wu Wang: innocent Free verselove,muse,romance,
3/21/2023 21 Shi Ke: biting through Free verseendurance,heartbreak,pain
3/20/2023 46 Sheng: ascending step by step Free verseendurance,longing,nature,
3/20/2023 14 Da You: yielding to heaven Free verseendurance,passion,
3/17/2023 55 Feng: the garrison city Free versebeautiful,dance,love,pass
3/17/2023 20 Guan: contemplating - 1985 Free versedesire,longing,metaphor,
3/16/2023 44 Gou: her strength Free verselonging,love,woman,
3/16/2023 9 Xiao Chu: cultivating the small Free versecute love,joy,love,
3/15/2023 7 Shih: a respectable man Free versedesire,fantasy,love,
3/15/2023 37 Jia Ren: family Free versebible,birth,husband,mothe
3/14/2023 42 I: to cross the great water Free verselove,metaphor,rain,
3/14/2023 45 Ts'ui: thus the superior man renews his weapons Free verselonging,love,metaphor,
3/13/2023 56 Over the Mountain: Fire Free verselonging,love,lust,surreal
3/13/2023 12 P'i: Standstill - as you leave Free verselost love,romance,
3/7/2023 10 Lu: treading Free verselonging,love,lust,
3/7/2023 13 T'ung Jen: fellowship Free verseloss,metaphor,sorrow,
3/4/2023 61 Chung Fu: what's inside Free verselove,marriage,memory,
3/4/2023 1 Ch'ien - 1945 Free versejoy,love,lust,sexy,
3/2/2023 43 Kuai - resolutely make the matter known Free versefear,pain,passion,
3/2/2023 41 Decrease Free verselove,money,poverty,
3/1/2023 57 Sun - 1955 Free versebeauty,love,music,nature,
3/1/2023 23 Po: The Centre Cannot Hold Free versedivorce,heartbreak,lost l
2/28/2023 50 Ting: The Caldron Free versebeauty,desire,lust,woman,
2/28/2023 30 Li: fire over fire Free versebeauty,desire,love,woman,
2/27/2023 48 Ching: The Well - wood lifts water Free versedesire,loneliness,philoso
2/27/2023 40 Hsieh: thunder and rain set in Free verseforgiveness,pain,
2/26/2023 18 Ku: A Wind Blowing Low from the Mountain Free versebreak up,divorce,lost lov
2/26/2023 22 Pi - 1965 Free verseloneliness,philosophy,
2/24/2023 17 Sui Free verselove,lust,philosophy,roma
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