a sword at rest found among the garden
“i believe in everything until it’s disproved.
so i believe in fairies, the myths, dragons.
it all exists, even if it’s in your mind.
who’s to say that dreams and nightmares
aren’t as real as the here and now?”
― john lennon
my daughter was given a small box
filled with items
from her great grandfather/great grandmother
on her father’s side.
it contained such an interesting mix
with no one to explain
of the items inside.
some of them were:
a pocket knife,
a key to a city in louisiana,
one heart-shaped earring,
and a piece of paper with
‘hamlet, act 1, scene 3’
handwritten on it.
i wish we knew the story of
why each was significant in their lives.
why was each item worth saving in a special box?
‘we all belong to an ancient identity.
stories are the rivers that take us there.’
after walking up to this truck
i wondered about all the stories it could tell
where it’s been, who it carried, what happened
no one knows for sure
all that’s left is to imagine.
what a ride it must have been!
“i like stories that leave you wanting more,
leave you wondering, but don’t tell you everything.”
ann arbor – summer 2018
had an interesting conversation with my friend. we took turns coming up with one word that defined each of us, and he immediately blurted out the following word that he felt was me: rigmarole.while i had a somewhat negative image of what this word meant, i always liked the sound of it and it was an interesting word to say the least. i decided to look it up for further clarification. after referring to a traditional source, the oxford english dictionary, i found that i rather liked the definition, appreciated the origin of the word, and finally, embraced it as my own. i took it to mean that i simply live life, with all of its complications, and i share my stories, and though not all are long and rambling, i’m quite happy with that.
noun [usually in singular]
- a lengthy and complicated procedure: she went through the rigmarole of securing the front door
- a long, rambling story or statement.
mid 18th century: apparently an alteration of ragman roll, originally denoting a legal document recording a list of offenses
Stories are a communal currency of humanity. – Tahir Shah