• WOE IS ME •

“From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise, of glory to the Righteous One. But I say, “I pine away, I pine away. Woe is me! For the treacherous deal treacherously, the treacherous deal very treacherously.”   — ISAIAH 24:16 •     I, too, pine away, I pine away. I pray…

• ELIZABETH, MY DEAR •

In 2020, I find it is the apt time for looking back and reflection. Reading the writing on the wall, I sense an uprooting approaching, a house no longer feels like my home, nor does a country resemble my homeland anymore, and quite the same for my hometown of over twenty years—Buffalo—the city is developing…

• ANNABEL LEE •

“Annabel Lee” — Edgar Allen Poe | October 9th, 1849 •   It was many and many a year ago,    In a kingdom by the sea, That a maiden there lived whom you may know    By the name of Annabel Lee; And this maiden she lived with no other thought    Than to love and be…

• The Sea of Uncertainty •

Last year, before departing to Negril, Jamaica, speaking with my dear friend Dianne, she asked, “Have you ever felt completely nourished? Whether by a significant other or by any other means?” After a long pause, I couldn’t think of any relationship I’ve ever been in when opening up in an honest and all encompassing way….

• BEGINNING AGAIN and AGAIN •

Some people believe it was courageous making the decision I did a few years ago, following my dreams in hopes for a life of contentment. I simply think it’s a calling, and while I ignored my intuition decades ago, this time I must believe in my talents. The one word I hear over and over…

• A PEASANT IN PARADISE •

The Common Era calendar brings the first day of 2020, and clearly, life will change, guaranteed—only change is absolute. When last year was new, my mindset was focused with what everyday-life is like in an environment as Eden, becoming more aware in Jamaica, while imagining how life might have been Before the Common Era. Blessedly,…

• The GARDEN •

  — Andrew Marvell | Miscellaneous Poems (1681) •     How vainly men themselves amaze To win the palm, the oak, or bays ; And their uncessant labors see Crowned from some single herb or tree, Whose short and narrow-vergèd shade Does prudently their toils upbraid ; While all the flowers and trees do close To…

• ON THE MORNING OF CHRIST’S NATIVITY •

• ON THE MORNING OF CHRIST’S NATIVITY • — John Milton | Compos’d 1629 I This is the Month, and this the happy morn Wherein the Son of Heav’ns eternal King, Of wedded Maid, and Virgin Mother born, Our great redemption from above did bring; For so the holy sages once did sing, [ 5 ] That he our deadly…

• The THREE LIONS •

“Everywhere privilege is squandering good will.” — George Orwell | The LION AND THE UNICORN – SOCIALISM AND THE ENGLISH GENIUS (1940) •     The season of dreams is upon us up north. Where I rest my weary head, the darkness descends for twice the time than of the light that lingers during a…

• The DONKEY RACES •

Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass. — Japanese Proverb     The DONKEY RACES One of the numerous curiosities I’ve had while sojourning in Jamaica are the Donkey Races. Several years ago, on my first reach to Negril, I saw a sign posted on West End Road—or…

• YAHWEY’S ANGEL AND BALAAM’S ASS •

“The horses of hope gallop, but the asses of experience go slowly.” — Russian Proverb    174 … Yahwey had become inflamed that Balaam would go with contempuous men. Yahwey’s angel put himself in Balaam’s path, like an adversary. Balaam was riding on his ass, two servant-boys in attendance. As the ass saw Yahwey’s angel…

• JESUS ON THE LEAN DONKEY •

“A patient man rides a donkey.” — Jamaican Proverb Jesus on the lean donkey,  this is an emblem of how the rational intellect should control the animal-soul. ————————————————–Let your spirit be strong like Jesus. ——————————–If that part becomes weak, then the worn-out donkey grows to a dragon.   Be grateful when what seems unkind comes…