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“I wish somehow. . . .”

Dear Readers, I’m sorry to be so late with this “next” post.  But you all know that sometimes we seem to be having even more difficulties than we usually do.

And sometimes the world seems to give us even more causes for grief than it commonly does.

Things like a President expressing his liking and admiration for a foreign dictator who deprives his people of truth in order better to deceive and control them, who puts scores of people belonging to a minority into concentration camps, subjecting them to deprivations and tortures hidden from the general view.  Things like historic, horrific fires driving people from their homes, killing untold thousands of animals, and burning up thousands of trees on which all forms of life depend in part for air that we breathe — while the Governor of the state suffering the worst devastation has to remind people that the spreading holocaust is climate change in action.  And on and on, all of which made me put aside The New York Times and CNN in a very short time yesterday morning, my feelings being  driven to their knees by the weight.

And then, about an hour later, I came on this poem while reading haiku by Basho (translated by Sam Hamill):

 

With dewdrops dripping,

I wish somehow I could wash

this perishing world.

 

Lawrence Russ View All

Was the Alfred P. Sloan Scholar for the Humanities at the University of Michigan. Obtained a Master of the Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where I was selected as a Writing Fellow in Poetry by the Program faculty. Have published poems, essays and reviews in many magazines, anthologies, reference works, and other publications, including The Nation, The Iowa Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Parabola, OMNI, and the exhibition catalogue for Art at the Edge of the Law at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Received a law degree from the University of Michigan, and have changed the law and created educational programs in the fields of arts law, historic preservation law, and public construction and contracting law in the State of Connecticut. My photographs have appeared in international, national, regional and state juried exhibitions, and have been selected for awards including Honorable Mentions in the Architecture, Fine Art (series), Nature (series), Open Theme (series), Portrait, and Seascape categories from the international Fine Art Photography Awards, and an Honorable Mention in the Fine Art-Other category from the International Photography Awards. Photographs of mine have been selected for exhibition or publications by or in the 2019 International Juried Exhibition of the Center for Photographic Art (Carmel, CA), 2019 International Competition of The Photo Review, the 2019 Open Exhibition of the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins CO, F-Stop Magazine, Shadow & Light Magazine, Black Box Gallery in Portland OR, Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis MN, the Darkroom Gallery in VT, PhotoPlace Gallery in VT, A Smith Gallery in TX, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and many other journals and venues. My work has also been selected for inclusion in the Flatfile Program of Artspace New Haven (CT). My photography website is at www.lawrenceruss.com .

2 thoughts on ““I wish somehow. . . .” Leave a comment

  1. A poem in reply:

    Citizen of Dark Times
    by Kim Stafford

    Agenda in a time of fear: Be not afraid.
    When things go wrong, do right.
    Set out by the half-light of the seeker.
    For the well-lit problem begins to heal.

    Learn tropism toward the difficult.
    We have not arrived to explain, but to sing.
    Young idealism ripens into an ethical life.
    Prune back regret to let faith grow.

    When you hit rock bottom, dig farther down.
    Grief is the seed of singing, shame the seed of song.
    Keep seeing what you are not saying.
    Plunder your reticence.

    Songbird guards a twig, its only weapon a song.

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