Good Pick-up Line


 

These dog days of summer, with their 100+ degree heat…

…seemed to have dulled my mental faculties.  As a result…

…all I have to offer this week is a quote, one of my favorites, a line borrowed from poet Nelly Sachs:

“How slowly we flash up in clarity!—”

As I work for clarity in my life, for understanding, for unity of idea, as I work to hasten my spiritual development, as I dig down in an attempt to raise myself up, as I struggle with feelings of frustration when I feel my efforts have fallen short…

…I think of that quote and am given hope.  My progress does seem snail slow.  But I know from past experience that when understanding finally comes, it seems to arrive in a flash.

If our new mythology is to have a text, let that quote be emblazoned in it.

© 2010, Michael R. Patton
dream steps

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About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, essayist, cartoonist, graphic artist, peace miller, new mythologist, and fledgling world citizen.... I grew up in Northwest Arkansas and have lived and worked all over the United States.... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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