6 January, the Twelfth Day of Christmas
6 January 2016 – a pome a day…
The glass doorknobs turn no differently.
But every December
I polish them with vinegar water and cotton.
Another year ends.
This one, I ate Kyoto pickles
and touched, in Xi’an, a stone turtle’s face,
cold as stone, as turtle.
I could not read the fortune carved into its shell
or hear what it had raised its head
to listen for, such a long time.
Around it, the madness of empires continued,
an unbitted horse that runs for a thousand miles
Around us, the madness of empires continues.
How happy we are,
how unhappy we are, doesn’t matter.
The stone turtle listens. The famished horse runs.
Washing doorknobs, one year enters another.
— Jane Hirshfield (b 1953)
Alfred A. Knopf, NY, 2013
The brush worn down, ink dry,
Paper remains blank,
Is there space for my poem?
My shout reaches the sky,
Rivers, mountains remain calm.
The shout described in this poem is a happy shout. It happens when someone suddenly realizes that the happiness of life is still there and the freedom of spiritual life is still there.
— Thích Giác Thanh (1947-2001)
Parallax Press, Berkeley, 2013
6 January – Feast Day of my saintly ancestors:
Saint Diman (Dimas, Dima) of Connor (-658), generation 46 uncle
Saint Edeyrn (6th c), generation 47 uncle
Saint Eigrad (c490-c570), generation 49 uncle
Saint Hywyn (Ewen, Owen) (-c560) generation 49 uncle
Saint Merinus (Mirren of Benchor) (c565-c620) generation 47 uncle
Saint Warinus of Poitiers (Warin, Guerin, Gerinus, Varinus) (-677) generation 44 grandfather
Vedic fasting day:
Today, I stayed home and did a little housecleaning, a little laundry, worked on my syllabi for Spring courses, watched a little TYT, Democracy Now! handled some correspond-dance, read, walked in the rain. And what did you do today, dear reader?
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Feast of the Epiphany (Western Christianity), also known as the Theophany. Also Three Kings Day, or Day of the Magi. A day when Christianity celebrates astrology! — The Magi, three wise men, or kings, from the East: Magi was the word the Greeks had given long before to Persian holy men and sages–probably Zoroastrian priests. The word magic comes from the religion & spiritual sciences of the magi, for whom astrology was a central feature. The time and place of the birth of an Avatar, a Divine Incarnation, was predicted by observing astrological patterns. There are many parallels between aspects of Vedic literature and Zoroastrian literature, in which Zoroaster is referred to as an ereshi, a Vedic rishi….
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