Stephen Evans

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Stephen is a playwright and author of The Marriage of True Minds and A Transcendental Journey.

Christmas Memory

 

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There was a Christmas long ago

And I was there and so were you,

And when we gathered by the tree

Joy had had gathered too.

 

And there were gifts and there was food

And there was laughter and surprise

And you would open gifts of mine

And love was in your eyes.

 

And on that Christmas long ago

As we sat round the table (square)

We spoke of family and friends

Who were no longer there

 

To share that Christmas long ago.

And now I wonder whether you

Gather round a tree somewhere

Remembering me too.

 

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Ken Hartke
Touching. And all so familiar. Thanks for the memories.
Sunday, 26 December 2021 23:12
Rosy Cole
Wistful. You do 'wistful' so well. :-)
Thursday, 30 December 2021 22:49
Stephen Evans
It is something so many feel around the holidays, especially as you get older. Today's joys seem inevitably to be qualified by the... Read More
Sunday, 02 January 2022 16:03
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The Names of Colors

I wish I knew the names of colors.

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I know the basics, of course: Red, Yellow, Blue.

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The watercolor set that has sat unused on my desk for so many years provides some help: cobalt, ochre, scarlet.

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The colors of childhood crayons have remained in memory: burnt sienna, dandelion, indigo.

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But this autumn has outrun them all.

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The trees themselves seem to be competing.

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Even the little maple outside my porch has decided this year to join the game.

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And the evening sun conspires with them all.

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I wish I knew the names of colors.

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But I’m not sure there are enough.

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Rosy Cole
Stunning! And thanks kindly for sharing this glorious collection! Here are the names of some colours to weave spells with :-) ht... Read More
Sunday, 14 November 2021 16:39
Stephen Evans
Nature thanks you! The variety of colors this year is astonishing, or maybe I'm just old enough now to notice and appreciate them... Read More
Sunday, 14 November 2021 18:29
Rosy Cole
Truly, there's a lot in that :-) The notion is worth mining.
Monday, 15 November 2021 09:23
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Courage

 
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What makes people unsatisfied
is that they accept lies.
 
If people had courage, and refused lies
and found out what they really felt and really meant
and acted on it,
 
They would distil the essential oil out of every experience
and like hazel-nuts in autumn, at last
be sweet and sound.
D. H Lawrence
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Rosy Cole
"What is Truth?" was Pilate's existential question when confronted. It cries out for an ultimate benchmark to find out what exac... Read More
Sunday, 14 November 2021 16:31
Stephen Evans
I am reading Lawrence's collected poems now, and he has a dark sensibility - not sure where that comes from, since I don't find it... Read More
Sunday, 14 November 2021 17:20
Rosy Cole
Lawrence does have a 'dark sensibility', stemming, I think - as far as I remember it - from an overly dominant mother and a paroch... Read More
Thursday, 18 November 2021 22:11
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Thinking Small

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When I go for a walk, I often have my head down. So far I haven't bumped into anyone. Or they haven't bumped into me. I suppose social distancing has helped, when it comes to that.

I like to think that my fellow sojourners imagine I am deep in thought pondering vast questions of human existence. More likely, they think I am anti-social, which I suppose is partly true.

The real reason I look down as I walk is so I don't step on anyone (or more than one). I am convinced that after death, if there is a tribunal with St. Peter or Rhadamanthus or Anubis, the primary category of judging will be how many beings you have stepped on (or otherwise hurt) and how many saved. And I don't think  size matters - a being is a being in my ecocosmic view. Maybe you even get credit for thinking small.
 
I believe I am doing well in the Karma department, though I don't have an actual count to offer. Though I'm hoping that beings I can't see don't count, or better that I don't hurt them if I do step on them. There is more biomass in bacteria than in any other form of animal life, so that worries me a bit.
  
 All in all, it makes for a gentle life, seeking goodness where it exists, beauty where it is found, laughter as it comes, and joy in everything. Thinking small makes you a small part of a larger life, instead of a large part of a smaller one. It's worth the tradeoff.
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Rosy Cole
The world in a grain of sand. Quite a profound philosophy, that last paragraph, and one that is ignored in our present world. Ther... Read More
Sunday, 10 October 2021 21:49
Rosy Cole
It did make me chuckle, though :-)))
Monday, 11 October 2021 13:42
Stephen Evans
Always glad to hear that!
Monday, 11 October 2021 14:47
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