hidden light

rainbow dark sea - July 8, 2014m
 

We live in a world of storm—as humans have since the beginning.

However, there’s this major difference now:

Those who created our prevailing religions and mythologies only knew of their own storm—the storm of their own people, their own tribe, their own family, their own selves…

On the other hand, we moderns know of storms in countries thousands of miles away…

…and we’re asked to care about the people in those storms.

The images we receive and the stories we hear do provoke us.  But there’s a limit—we‘re asked to care about so much so often—to care about situations we can do little to change.  Empathy fades.

Our new mythology must help us here—must provide us with tools to help us deal with this flood of information…

…so that we don’t feel helpless, so that we don’t become cold to the plight of others.

Until we find these tools, I offer the image above…

To me, it says: maybe there’s a rainbow hidden in even the worst of storms.  Hard to see, but worth the look.
 

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
MYTHSTEPS: the poetry

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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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