Archive for April, 2024

wanted, fed and

Like a child, if it is to thrive, a conversation must be wanted, fed, and cared for.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 16th, 2024 | No Comments »

minds here and gone

The work of conversation resides in what seem to be opposites: We must at once focus our minds on total presence to all the other says, to the tone in which he says it, to the surrounds of both of us; and we must lose our minds and selves forgetting who and where we are.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 16th, 2024 | No Comments »

Might be in poetry

The art of conversation might be found in poetry.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 15th, 2024 | No Comments »

This is not an exchange of words

This is not an exchange of words. It is a conversation. It may even become a meeting.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 15th, 2024 | No Comments »

A stew never fully made

The work of a conversation cannot be known ahead. We find it as it goes. More precisely it and we find one another. Even more precisely, we find us together in this stew. Still more precisely, we make this stew—out of us. Into us. If we don’t get somehow lost, this stew is not fully made. We expect never to be fully made: We do not understand a word like transformation.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 14th, 2024 | No Comments »

Even a wormhole

Inner is like a lens, even a wormhole to other dimensions, other worlds, to be known and unknown.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 13th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2328–The way to write to you

Footprints in the Windsm # 2328

This morning I’ve been reading John Dewey
He carries the tone of the nineteenth century
So too does Virginia Woolf
But then there’s Walt Whitman
Who wrote earlier
Who comes to me as alive in my age
And Blake—My! My!
And Rumi and Rilke
They all wrote to me
And to generations after mine
They wrote from the stars
This is the way to write
To you


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 13th, 2024 | No Comments »

New persons happen

Conversation is where new things can happen. Indeed it is where new persons happen.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 13th, 2024 | No Comments »

Discovery of dance

Conversation is a discovery of our dance.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 12th, 2024 | No Comments »

This child asks

Conversation, indeed meeting, is a creation of we two persons, two complexities. It might even be a child of us. We must, we must, make stunned silences in our child’s presence. Our child is not a thing shouted into a barren land, but nevertheless its voice echoes back: its echoes are returning as whimpers and whispers. This child tries out its limbs, it cries out, it is demanding, for it has something to give, we have something to receive. This child asks to be lived with.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 12th, 2024 | No Comments »

The finding we find

Communication is not the primary intent of conversation. It is more likely found in finding. The finding we find is one another. The finding sometimes is ourselves. The finding tends toward our humanity. The finding is continual, though we may not be conscious we are finding anything whatsoever.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 11th, 2024 | No Comments »

Out-of-timeness

When in conversing curiosity reaches out to and shifts into passion, then we come close to meeting. Yet it is not a pure reaching out but a blending—something pulls us. More than this, something is mutual. It is not about taking turns though that might happen. Often in feels as though it is a happening-all-at-once, an out-of-timeness.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 11th, 2024 | No Comments »

Must come out

In conversation we seek beyond the connection between we two and beyond the reception one of the other: We seek the expression of something hidden in me that it might be received by a specific and particular you. Something wants, and needs, and must come out. There is no in without an out.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 10th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2327–Left-handed thinking

Footprints in the Windsm # 2327

How does it affect one’s thinking to be left-handed? Your hand always immediately covers what you write. How would that train your memory?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 10th, 2024 | No Comments »

Tense silence

How might we find our way to be in tense silence and still be near, to give love?

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 10th, 2024 | No Comments »

Direction interferes

Bringing direction to conversation, consciously working to make sense, or to move toward something, could interfere.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 9th, 2024 | No Comments »

Fuller?

Is deeper fuller?

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 9th, 2024 | No Comments »

We listen, why?

We listen, why? To hear, to take in, to merge, to become more.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 8th, 2024 | No Comments »

some*one* at stake

Meeting, more than conversation, needs something to be at stake: it has to be about something; someone has to be affected. No mush here.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 8th, 2024 | No Comments »

I’d tell you, but

Today in a support group for care partners, one woman told us about her husband. I do not say he suffers from his dementia, since she is the one who suffers more often. He was reading the newspaper classified ads. She asked him what he was reading. He answered, “I’d tell you, but its classified.” A meeting, a memory, a legacy.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 7th, 2024 | No Comments »

To de-familiarize

The purpose of conversation as of poetry is often to de-familiarize us and re-familiarize us.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 7th, 2024 | No Comments »

Outer edges

Things which just barely touch conversation are in fact the outer edges of conversation, its learning places. Listening, hearing, attending become positive acts of expression: strands inseparable from the knot that is conversation.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 6th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2326–That many songs

Footprints in the Windsm # 2326

A person is a sort of poem and each reader reads her differently. So we are each, for the number of readers we have, that many poems. Just as each person hears a different song each playing, so for each hearer we have we are many so many songs.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 6th, 2024 | No Comments »
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