IMMORTAL TOMATO

What I like about tomatoes

is how they manage to turn

green and yellow into red

and not just red but juicy red

how hot from the garden

plump and full o' the sun

how they slice and flop over

succulent pulp and watery seed-sacks

how oh how easy they do go

down nightshade or no and how

and how they slip us the seeds

in silence and in plenty

seeds for yet another summer.

TO ADMIRAL ALLEN !

What's the good of all the this and that, the tit for tat, and Fat, Fat the water rat, no matter how many bullets in his hat, if we don't talk about Admiral Allen of the United States Coast Guard?

The man's been at it since the explosion at the well first happened, as the oil gushed into the Gulf, up to July 15 when the flow was stopped, and he's still at it now that the final sealing is about to take place. What's more, he's pointing us to what has to be learned from the event and what has to be put in place so this disaster is the last of its kind. An amazing man.
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ANCIENT WISDOM

"HE WHO STAY IN SINK NOT GO DOWN DRAIN."

     (9th C. Manchurian folk proverb rendered into 21st C. pidgin English by anonymous scholar.)

A LITTLE REVERENCE FOR LIFE

Jake is the kind of guy that doesn't like to tell everybody what he's up to. He does what he does and lets it go at that. When I ask him why he says it's because people ridicule what they don't understand, or what they don't want to understand. And when Jake uses the word ridicule he knows its root meaning. Of course Jake isn't his real name. It's the name of his next door neighbor's dog. I don't want to embarass the guy.
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HOMAGE TO MESSERS GURDJIEFF AND OUSPENSKY

Poof! G's gone and so is O,

and so, too, a goodly—sometime

ungodly—mess of fine-feathered

followers: lip-servants, literati,

chroniclers, as well as worshippers

of the flame. All now hushed,

having kept the great secret,

nursed it, till time nudged them

back into the woodwork, back

to the pink-petalled wallpaper.

Some used it, some taught it;

yet despite such mincing efforts

secrets seeped into the stream,

working their work: fertilizing,

inspiring, clarifying, fructifying.
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OF EGGS AND THE LADY

Every now and again a teacher receives a response from a student that gladdens his heart and puts to nought the years of grinding, inescapable repetition. One such occurred this morning. I was at the breakfast table and transmitting the how-to of boiling an egg to the lady at the stove, for the umpteenth time.
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A SIMPLE RULE OF THUMB

The value of a religion consists in the degree to which it is capable of, assiduously works at and actually succeeds in HUMAN-izing its members.