What’s Going On?

“Looking mortality straight in the eye is no easy feat. To avoid the exercise, we choose to stay blindfolded, in the dark as to the realities of death and dying. But ignorance is not bliss, only a deeper kind of terror.” – Caitlin Doughty, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes Eyes: And Other Lessons From The Crematory

Death is no illusion

Death does not wait

Death knows no time
Death knows no boundaries
Death knows no race
Death knows no class

Death does not steal

Death knows no cares
Death knows no seasons
Death knows no peace
Death knows no war

Death does not fade

Death is Death

4 Non Blondes – What’s Going On

Robyn Sarah – Recipient of the Governor General’s Literary Award 2015!

See this beautiful woman? Her name is Robyn Sarah, and she is a mentor to me. Several years ago a group of ladies and I studied poetry for a week under her diligent tutelage. I LOVED every moment. Since that time, I have had the pleasure and privilege of still being in contact with her and the group, hearing about how many of the ladies of published works, about Robyn’s new books and endeavors, our ups and downs. I love that group of women from the Ice House. I wish we could all get together again and work our magic.Robyn

This year, Robyn won one of the most prestigious Canadian literary awards (if not the most prestigious). I’m over the moon happy for her. I want to share with everyone and anyone who will listen. This woman is so creative, talented, exceptional – I can’t say enough good things about her and her writing. I would love to have a fraction of her talent.

Yet, she remains one of Canada’s most under-rated artist. Writing, in any form, is work. It can be very difficult, draining work. It is raw. It is emotional. It is emptying of your being onto a piece of paper (or a screen) and hoping with all hope that you love it. There is, of course, also the hope that others love it enough to earn a living wage. Most artist, however, do not and cannot earn a living wage from their art alone.

She is very humble.

“I nearly passed out when I heard,” said first-time GG winner Sarah from her Mile End home. “It feels very affirming, even though I know how easily it could not have happened. My book is the same book that it was the day before the award was announced; it hasn’t suddenly gotten better.  But suddenly people are interested in it and excited about it. That’s a very nice feeling. I’m happy for my book. I’m happy for my publisher (Windsor, Ont.-based Biblioasis). And I’m happy for my family and friends who have believed in me as a writer.” From the Montréal Gazette – Robyn Sarah, Guy Vanderhaeghe among recipients of 2015 Governor General’s Literary Awards

Congratulations, Robyn!!! You more than deserve this award!

Woah…

I never knew this existed till today. Marilyn Manson AND Johnny Depp singing You’re So Vain…LOVE IT

My day just got better…

I know a few people this song applies to.

They carry themselves off on higher planes,

They think.

Their so above themselves

clouds struggle to contain them.

Framing thoughts in their mind

are nothing but mirrors

upon mirrors on themselves.

So vain.

Pulse

Everything is pulsing
my legs
my breath

throbbing from exertion
pulsing
sending blood
to all my
extremities

walking round
and about
pain firing through
my limbs
pulsing with life
sensation
moving
faster
and
faster
pulsing with
every step

Resting
the pulse pumps on
moving the life force
through my veins, my arteries
blood filled
oxygenated
bringing life
to the farthest reaches
of my
body