The Presence of the Past

History is the process of the past negotiating its terms of surrender to the future. Although the past cannot defeat the future, it will do, and is currently doing, all it can, to break as many hearts as possible in the present. Cruelty seems to be the guiding principle of those in power, in theContinue reading “The Presence of the Past”

I Never Knew Your Name

When I say I never knew your name, I am not talking about the one your parents gave you. I am talking about the one you gave yourself. You know the one I mean, the one that bubbled to the surface of your life on a hot summer night, like this one, when you wereContinue reading “I Never Knew Your Name”

I fell in love with you again

Through the sunlight on another woman’s hair, I fell in love with you again. I heard a soft sound like a flute – sharp breath passing over a tiny hole – and remembered the feeling of holding you in my arms when we were both young, that feeling of holding on to everything I wouldContinue reading “I fell in love with you again”

Springtime Sketchbook

I don’t remember ever seeing as many flowers as I’ve seen this Spring. Daffodils, tulips, pansies, posies, hyacinth, daisies, and morning glories. You can’t swing a dead cat in this town without hitting one.“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite knowContinue reading “Springtime Sketchbook”

New Orleans Sketchbook

Bourbon Streetlight New Orleans is like no other place on Earth. There, music is the currency with the greatest value, as it should be everywhere. The melting pot was bubbling in the bayou before it had found its way to most other places. The French, African, Spanish, and Native American influences don’t pollinate other populationsContinue reading “New Orleans Sketchbook”

A Wrinkle In Time

  A wrinkle in time that crosses a borderIncreases disorderCorrects the divinePerfects imperfections that cross over the lineAnd wither on the vineTurn water to wine and wine back into waterMy son for your daughterYour lessons for mineLets lessen our time with displays of disordersThat have outrun timeAnd cross the finish line without ever breaking theContinue reading “A Wrinkle In Time”

Jersey Shore Sketchbook – Dunes & Tunes

Here’s another photo-and-sketch collage, put together from a trip to Lavallete, NJ last weekend. Nothing goes with dunes like tunes and no tunes go with the beach like the Beach Boys.  This is the first song Brian Wilson ever wrote. In his own words: “Back in 1961, I’d never written a song in my life.Continue reading “Jersey Shore Sketchbook – Dunes & Tunes”