An Old Abandoned House – Kay Whitaker

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An old abandoned house,
White frame, stands on the hill
And looks down here on me.
A feeling always still Lingers about its walls
Each time I look around.
The windows, vacant, stare.
There never is a sound. And yet it seems to live.
Its memories float inside
In rooms I cannot see,
A former life to hide Of some time in the past
When children’s voices called
Where grasses now stand still
And dead tree limbs are sprawled. I wonder on the house,
The life that once was there.
But it stands silent, mocking me,
Continuing to stare.

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RESCUER’S ARE ANGELS

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Yes, rescuers are angels
You cannot see their wings
They keep them neatly folded
As they do their caring things.

 

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All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers

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“… Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born.”

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Όλοι οι πόλεμοι είναι εμφύλιοι πόλεμοι επειδή όλοι οι άνθρωποι είναι αδέρφια …

Ο καθένας οφείλει απείρως περισσότερο στην ανθρώπινη φυλή παρά στη συγκεκριμένη χώρα στην οποία γεννήθηκε

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Trinity of the spiral – Lucian Dobârtă

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The triskelion or ‘triskele’ is also known as the tri-spiral or ‘Spiral of Life’. The three spirals in the triskelion are interconnected with no open ends thus creating one continuous line. Each spiral turns in the same direction. The three spirals represent balance, harmony and continual motion indicative of the flow of life and of the Earth in her seasons and cycles. Continue reading

Scars Of War -Elizabeth Fontaine Grieco

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You say your calling was the Marines,
But yet your life remains apart at the seams.

You say the life of a soldier
Is what saved you from yourself,
But vivid dreams continue to haunt you
to reveal remanants of the torture,
You had to inflict.
How does the act justify the means?

You say, your honor was stolen from you!
But who stole it from you?

You say, it was the politicians in the end,
that left you scorned.

You say we fought in a senseless war,
In the end you were left feeling void,

Void of any human compassion. How could my
Countrymen have abandoned us?

Why were we such an embarrasment to them?
Our politician’s and leader’s had us believing that
it was our war as well as theirs. What enemy?
Who’s enemy? Their enemy or ours? Was it easier to forget
Those brave men who selflessly gave of themselves
For their country?

You say again, how could they have abandoned us?
No recongnition, no bands playing, just a few
Surviving pictures that tell the story of the
Suffering and the innocence we left beind,
Only to realize that it will continue to burn
In our minds and leave us scared for an eternity!

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Platon (Antoniou) – O βασιλιάς της φωτογραφίας

Born in London in 1968, Platon was raised in the Greek Isles until his family returned to England in the 1970’s. He attended St. Martin’s School of Art and after receiving his BA with honors in Graphic Design, went on to receive an MA in Photography and Fine Art at the Royal College of Art.

 

 

Ο Πλάτων Αντωνίου είναι ένας από τους σπουδαιότερους φωτογράφους του κόσμου και ο Έλληνας που έχει αποτυπώσει με τον φακό της κάμεράς του περισσότερους από 130 πολιτικούς ηγέτες και δεκάδες διάσημοι καλλιτέχνες, έχοντας, έτσι, κερδίσει μία σημαντική θέση στην κορυφή των πιο επιδραστικών φωτογράφων όλων των εποχών.

Τα ξεχωριστού στυλ και, κατά κύριο λόγο ασπρόμαυρα, πορτρέτα του έχουν κοσμήσει τα μεγαλύτερα περιοδικά της Αμερικής, όπως τα Rolling Stone, New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ και το Sunday Times Magazine.

Έχει καταγράψει στιγμές ανθρώπων της διπλανής πόρτας, αλλά των συγκρούσεων στην Μπούρμα της Αιγύπτου διακινδυνεύοντας τη ζωή του. Πλέον, χαρακτηρίζεται ως «χαρισματικός ομιλητής», λόγω των εμπνευστικών ομιλιών, του και «αναζητητής της αλήθειας πίσω από τη δύναμη», εξαιτίας της επιδίωξής του να φανερώνει μέσα από τις φωτογραφίες του όσο το δυνατόν περισσότερο το «πραγματικό πρόσωπο» των ισχυρών μορφών των οποίων αναλαμβάνει τις φωτογραφίσεις.

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Just taking the role of “center of attention” to a new level

Many many wishes to all of you!!!!! Happy New Year!!!!!

 

The phrase center of attention means a person or thing that is interesting to everyone and draws the most attention in the room

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There are a few possible origin stories for this common phrase.

The first origin story is that the expression developed from the verb center. The word center comes from the Greek kentrum, which means the center point of a compass. This word entered English in the 1300s and meant the center of a circle. By the 1590s, it meant the center of anything. People began using center figuratively by the 1680s. Center of attention is attested from 1868. Continue reading

Sailing midst the clouds – Et cetera

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He feels the clouds envelop him
As he sails across the sky
He rows his boat into the new world
And waves this world goodbye
His best clothes on and new hat up
He lets out a triumphant cry
He gazes at the distant world
And then at the mackerel sky
He’s up, he won, he defeated the world
All he had to do was try

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Raindrops are like fairy whispers..

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What would you wish for if a fairy gives you a magical wish?

 

You may not see the fairies and think they’re not around,
but out amongst the trees and plants these special beings abound.

Whenever you’re in nature they are just beyond your sight,
as their very favourite playtime is whilst you sleep at night.

If you’d like some magic fairy dust you should make your wishes clear, then ask the fae to bless your wish and click to be sprinkled ……..

May all your wishes come true!

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The Holiday Prayer –Spencer Betz

 

The sidewalks and the roadways
Have now become my home
Since misfortune somehow found me
I’ve been wandering alone

The coldness and the darkness
Of every passing night
Leads me to a shelter
That for tonight feels alright

You’d not think it’s perfect
It’s loud and space is tight
But if they have a bed for me
It’s perfect for this night

I’m tired, cold and hungry
My body’s wracked with pain
But I’m just a broken spirit
Not a person gone insane

So look at me this Christmas
And thank your lucky stars
That you have what you do have
And don’t bare all these scars

And if the moment strikes you
That to give is to receive
Then you are that one person
That helps me to believe

I believe that I will conquer
All that fate has dealt to me
And I’ll never give up trying
I believe in humanity

So while you sit with family
Gathered ’round your Christmas tree
And open Santa’s presents
I hope you’ll think of me

If there’s one gift you can give me
I will tell you what I’d like
It’s not a giant castle
It’s not a brand new bike

A prayer is all I ask for
A prayer that asks the Lord
To bless those here beside me
The broken, beat, the poor

Ask that He please hear you
In your Christmas prayer
And bless all souls who suffer
So lost and in despair

For myself, I ask you nothing
Except this one small prayer
So won’t you take a moment
Bow your head and show you care

 

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https://www.thoughtco.com/holiday-prayer-for-the-homeless-700482

Travel – Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

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The railroad track is miles away,
And the day is loud with voices speaking,
Yet there isn’t a train goes by all day
But I hear its whistle shrieking.

All night there isn’t a train goes by,
Though the night is still for sleep and dreaming,
But I see its cinders red on the sky,
And hear its engine steaming.

My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends I’ll not be knowing;
Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take,
No matter where it’s going.

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Why living like a cat could be the secret to happiness and success

 

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Watching the cats in Hydra island  I remembered the book of French author Stéphane Garnier “How to Live Like Your Cat”

Stop over-thinking

They have no sense of time, so they don’t stress, rather they focus on the moment. As a result their minds are unburdened and they are free to enjoy themselves.

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Hydra: a pilgrimage to Leonard Cohen’s Greek island retreat

The tiny Greek island that so enchanted Leonard Cohen in the 1960s still captivates today.

 


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Greece is a good place
to look at the moon, isn’t it?
You can read by moonlight
You can read on the terrace
You can see a face
As you saw it when you were young

Cohen wrote the poem Days of Kindness about his girlfriend and muse Marianne Ihlen, and their years spent here.

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https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/dec/04/hydra-greece-leonard-cohen

Sailing races in Hydra island, Greece

Every year there are two established sailing races at the island, and attract an increasing number of vessels and visitors to the island who come either by vessels or by other means of transport.

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Α.The first regatta is at the end of October near the celebration of October 28. This year will take place from Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30, 2016.

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«O Φασιανός στη Γαλλία», (“Fassianos en France”)- Ιστορικό Αρχείο Μουσείο Ύδρας

Pieces of work of the famous Greek artist Alekos Fassianos are being displayed in the Historical Archives Museum of Hydra till the end of November. The exhibition includes twenty two paintings and twenty prints that belong to the private collection Zachariadis. These works of art have been displayed in places all over the world, like Paris and New York, and now they are presented for the first time in Greece.

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Alekos Fassianos was born in Athens in 1935. He studied in the Athens School of Fine Arts and then went to Paris on a scholarship to continue his studies on lithography. His works have been displayed in the major museums and galleries of the world. Apart from a painter, Fassianos is also a writer, a poet and a stage-designer. His paintings are characterized by slight motion, bright colours and sensuality. He usually gets inspired from tales, figures of shadow theatre and everyday life.

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The Mules of Hydra Island, Greece

Το βασίλειο του αγωγιάτη

Τα γαϊδουράκια και τα μουλάρια «σηκώνουν στην πλάτη τους» το νησί

Στην Ύδρα τα μουλάρια είναι συνυφασμένα με την εικόνα του νησιού. Τα συναντάς στο λιμάνι, στα στενά να είναι φορτωμένα με κάθε είδους αντικείμενο από ψυγεία και πλυντήρια έως τρόφιμα και υλικά οικοδομής. Τα μουλάρια στην Ύδρα είναι το απόλυτο μεταφορικό μέσο στη στεριά. Είναι απαραίτητα γι΄αυτό και απολαμβάνουν της φροντίδας και της αγάπης ντόπιων και επισκεπτών.

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Almost everywhere in Greece, cars, trucks, and motorcycles have taken over.

Everywhere, that is, except for Hydra.

For on this picturesque island, a short hydrofoil trip from Greece’s sprawling, congested capital, the donkey — and the mule — keep the town running. With motorized vehicles banned from the island the only form of land transport is equine. Continue reading

Spires of the fireweed.. Ian Emberson

Fireweed is a bush that takes on a bright red colour in autumn

Spires of the fireweed on the fretted sky –
Tints of magenta on tranquility,
Do you feel nurture for the life within,
The burst of bloom that yields your progeny.
Do you have sense of flowering’s fleeting glow,
Bearing its part in continuity
To charge the seed and rip its casing wall
And float its fluff upon the autumn wind?…

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https://www.inspirationalstories.com/poems/spires-of-the-fireweed-ian-emberson-poem/

 

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Peer sharing….

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Intentional Peer Support

If I could write a poem about hope
I’d call it Intentional Peer Support.
It would be about connection, worldview, mutual responsibility, and
moving towards not away from.

If I could write a poem about social justice,
I’d call it Intentional Peer Support.
It would be about inclusion of vast and different personal stories, our views, cultures,
values, experiences, knowledge, uncommon and common sense, our ideas.

If I could write a poem about relationships,
I’d call it Intentional Peer Support.
It would be about challenging ourselves to see and think differently
to learn and grow together.

If I could write a poem about compassion,
I’d call it Intentional Peer Support.
It would be about acknowledging and sharing our power
while still daring to be powerful.
It would be about sensitivity, self definitions and self determination.

If I could write a poem about listening differently,
I’d call it Intentional Peer Support.
It would be about tuning into one another,
suspending what we think we know
in order to discover what we didn’t
It would be about a commitment to be patient
with the process of relating and each other.

If I could write a poem about community,
I’d call it Intentional Peer Support.
It would be about prioritizing our relationships
in the family and in our communities
as we define our families, as we remain apart of community.

If I could write a poem about vision,
I’d call it Intentional Peer Support.
It would be about a new vision of interacting with peers
forgetting what we don’t want, envisioning what we do,
living well in the present, and creating a better tomorrow.

If I could write a poem about Intentional Peer Support,
It would be about social change
I’d call it social change.

Selina Welborn

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Make Me Beautiful, Madame D’Ora

Dora Kallmus, more known by her pseudonym Madame d’Ora

 

In 1907, Dora Kallmus was one of the first women in Vienna to open a photographic studio.

 

 

She delved into the Viennese world of fashion, aristocracy, and politics to immortalize the biggest names of creme de la creme of Austria and abroad, as within only a few months her atelier had established itself as the most elegant and renowned for artistic portraits.
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Greece through the lens of Takis Tloupas

 

 

“Greece through the lens of Takis Tloupas”  representative examples of the works of Takis Tloupas, photographer from Larissa.

People, not only as forms, but also through the environment in which they live, nature, cities and villages, churches and monasteries, were some of the topics he recorded for posterity with his camera. Tloupas treated photography as a creative art, using his personal aesthetics of images and his deep belief in the importance of research.

 

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Η Ελληνική Φωτογραφική Εταιρία, της οποίας ο Τάκης Τλούπας υπήρξε από τα ιδρυτικά μέλη, τιμώντας το έργο του, διοργάνωσε έκθεση με αντιπροσωπευτικά έργα του, στον εκθεσιακό της χώρο στην Αθήνα.

 

Τίτλος της ”Μια στιγμή μέσα στον χρόνο” Τάκης Τλούπας.
Η παρουσίαση επιλεγμένων έργων του Τλούπα, έγινε από την κόρη του Βάνια Τλούπα, η οποία εκτός όσων μας είπε για τον άνθρωπο και πατέρα της μας παρουσίασε προσωπικές φωτογραφίες της οικογένειας.

Είχα την τύχη να είμαι στα εγκαίνια το Σάββατο 20 Οκτωβρίου στον εκθεσιακό χώρο της Ελληνικής φωτογραφικής Εταιριας, Πόντου 12 στα Ιλίσια.

Διάρκεια έως και 31 Οκτωβρίου.

Ώρες 6-9  μ.μ.

https://www.larissorama.gr/politismos/80-ektheseis/2472-ekthesi-me-fotografies-tou-tloypa-stin-athina-egkainia-20-10.html

Big risk…. Denis Waitley

ΗAVE A NICE WEEKEND!!!!

Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.

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Η ζωή είναι εκ φύσεως επικίνδυνη. Υπάρχει μόνο ένας μεγάλος κίνδυνος που πρέπει να αποφύγετε με κάθε κόστος, και αυτός είναι ο κίνδυνος να μην κάνετε τίποτα.

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Maurice Carême – Τhe cat and the sun

The cat opened its eyes
And the sun flooded in.
The cat then closed its eyes
And the sunlight stayed in.

That is why at twilight,
When the cat comes awake,
I can see in the night
Two sunny bits of lake.

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«Η γάτα άνοιξε τα μάτια,
Ο ήλιος μπήκε μέσα.
Η γάτα έκλεισε τα μάτια,
Ο ήλιος έμεινε μέσα.
Γιʼ αυτό, το βράδυ,
Όταν η γάτα ξυπνάει,
Διακρίνω στο σκοτάδι
Δυο κομμάτια ηλίου.»

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“Blessing the boats”

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May the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back may you
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that

—Lucille Clifton

 

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Alice In Wonderland Syndrome

 

 

Photo : Russian Alice in Wonderland Museum

 

John Todd, in 1955 applied the term The Alice- in-Wonderland Syndrome (AIWS) to altered, bizarre perceptions of size and shapes of patients’ bodies and illusions of changes in forms, dimensions, and motions of objects that patients with migraine headache or epilepsy experienced.

He proposed these illusions or hallucinations resemble changes in size and limbs that the character Alice experienced in Lewis Carroll’s original Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

 

Τι είναι το Σύνδρομο Αλίκη στη Χώρα των Θαυμάτων;

Μια δεκαετία μετά τη λήξη του αιματηρού Δευτέρου Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου, που ρήμαξε κάθε είδος πολιτισμού, τα κράτη και οι πολίτες ανά τον κόσμο προσπαθούν να ορθοποδήσουν ξανά.

Σε αυτό το πλαίσιο, η ανθρωπότητα επιτρέπει στην επιστήμη, τη τεχνολογία Continue reading

Stanley Kubrick: Before He Wrote Scripts, He Took Photos

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Exhibition
May 03 – October 28, 2018

Through a Different Lens. Stanley Kubrick Photographs

Museum of the City of New York

 

 

In 1945, at just 17 years old, Stanley Kubrick became a staff photographer for Look magazine. His humanist slice-of-life features celebrate his native New York City and already reveal a burgeoning creative genius.

With around 300 images, many previously unseen, as well as rare Look magazine tear sheets, this release coincides with a major show at the Museum of the City of New York and includes an introduction by noted photography critic Luc Sante.

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The Ancient Art of Tibetan Butter Sculpture

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Η γλυπτική με βούτυρο, λέγεται ότι είναι μια αρχαία παράδοση των βουδιστών του Θιβέτ. Χρησιμοποιούσαν βούτυρο και διάφορες βαφές, προκειμένου να δημιουργήσουν διάφορα γλυπτά με μικρή διάρκεια ζωής, με αφορμή το Νέο Έτος αλλά και άλλων θρησκευτικών κυρίως εορτασμών.

Ακόμα και ο Βρετανός μουσικός θρύλος David Bowie έκανε μια αναφορά για την γλυπτική με βούτυρο του Θιβέτ στο τραγούδι του «Silly Boy Blue» το 1967.

There are many things in Tibet that most parts of the world find strange and intriguing. Probably one of the strangest, yet most beautiful, things to come out of this remote region of China is the Tibetan Butter Sculptures. Continue reading

The Spectacular Scene Of Migratory Animals

The purpose of migration for both humans and animals is survival

 

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These pictures are so awesome!

And they really give me goose bumps! So this is how it look like when animals migrate, so dramatic and so amazing! Some of the photos look like they are coming right at you! This is really makes my heart race.

http://www.thedailytop.com/spectacular-scene-migratory-animals-definitely-worth-seeing/

What Would We Do Without Donkeys ?

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Από την πανέμορφη Χώρα της Αλοννήσου ο φίλος μου ο “Γιώτης” άξιος κουβαλητής στα πέτρινα ανηφορικά σοκάκια παραδίδει χωρίς γκρίνια τις παραγγελίες των κατοίκων

From the beautiful village Chora of Alonissos my friend “Giotis” worthy carrier in the stone uphill alleys it delivers without moaning the orders of the residents

 

For millions of people, the donkey is the main means of transporting goods, particularly in cities where many homes are not accessible by vehicles.

The donkeys can be maneuvered in closed turns and cross narrow, enclosed paths leading to homes. They do not need expensive tires and rarely have problems on slippery surfaces.

They carry loads of any shape and size, making home delivery almost anywhere. While the angry car drivers push the horn immobile, the donkeys go unhindered despite the traffic jam. Continue reading

ΣΠΟΡΑΔΕΣ ΝΥΜΦΕΣ – Sporades “sirens “

Kαλό Φθινόπωρο συνταξιδιώτες μου!!!

Good Autumn My Travel Companions

 

Σποράδες νεραϊδόμορφες , νύμφες του Αιγαίου ,
άρπα τετράχορδη ουράνιας μελωδίας ,
διθύραμβε του έρωτά μας , του πηγαίου .
Νησιά των οραμάτων μας , εξωτικά μου ,
άστρα του νου μας και νεφέλες χορωδίας ,
παρακαλώ σας , ταξιδέψτε τα όνειρά μου .

….Sporades , nymphs of the Aegean Sea,
harp quartet of heavenly melody,
he dares our love, the source.
Islands of our visions, exotic,
stars of our minds and chorus clouds,
please, take my dreams.

 

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Who Am I, Without Exile? – Mahmoud Darwish

 

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Water

binds me

to your name …

Nothing takes me from the butterflies of my dreams

to my reality: not dust and not fire. What

will I do without roses from Samarkand? What

will I do in a theater that burnishes the singers with its lunar

stones? Our weight has become light like our houses

in the faraway winds. We have become two friends of the strange

creatures in the clouds … and we are now loosened

from the gravity of identity’s land. What will we do … what

will we do without exile, and a long night

that stares at the water?…..

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