So Obvious

So Obvious


So obvious:

Life is short.

So short that short is too long to describe it.

So what

You make of it

Depends on what you do with it

For happiness, decisions;

Consequences all.

So obvious.


So Obvious 6.21.2015

Circling Round Reality;

Arlene Corwin

Albanian Observation

Source: Albanian Observation

Albanian Observation


Tourists: Each land I see on TV

Shows vacationers, Japan to Germany.

Walking around Albania!

Of all the former tyrannies,

Isolated and enclosed,

Unallowed and unallowing place

That turned its face within;

Fortress just across from Greece,

Released at last –

And there they are: the tourists.

Tickets dear and far from home,

Here I sit,

Watching plucky program leader

Roam through history’s magnificence,

Significant; Three thousand years

Of wars and tears – and tourists

Curious about

The food, the folk, the houses, språk*

The world outside, the sea outwide…

I’m stupefied. And mystified.

Where do they find the energy! Curiosity?

And wherefrom comes the mania

To travel to Albania?



* Swedish for language. I used it because it was and appropriate rhyme,


Albanian Observation 1.15.2016

Our Times, Our Culture II; A Sense Of The Ridiculous II;

Arlene Corwin



Don’t Need Much


Content with markets of the flea,

Small salary,

After after Christmas ‘sales’,

Lipstick on both cheek and mouth,

Don’t need much.

Foods and clothes and furniture –

I’ve got enough – more than enough.

The stuff I need keeps coming. Therefore,

Why do I keep reaching, stretching, some itch

In my head dissatisfied and scratching,

When I know I don’t need much.


Don’t Need Much 1.22.2016

Pure Nakedness; Our Times, Our Culture II;

Arlene Corwin



In Life As Well As The Gym, Do It Badly

                                 In Life As Well As The Gym, Do It Badly                                        

You don’t need to train and strain to make your muscles grow. You need to repeat. That’s all. If you do a thing long enough benefit comes of it.

There is no single ‘must do’ exercise that can’t be replaced with something else.   Be clever, be creative, use your noodle. You can find substitute practices that achieve the same result.

You have a bone structure that makes you better at some exercises than others: long arms, short arms, long legs, short legs: Find out who you are and don’t kill yourself trying to put toe up your nose. Look at others, learn from them, be inspired, then do it your way. Take flexibility: there will be borders you’ll never cross.   Learn about them. Accept them. Focus on your own body and its limitations.

Take your time. Don’t rush. Slow is good. Fast makes it more difficult to focus mentally take apart what is happening in your body.

Interestingly enough, there is a gene called COL5A1 which is linked to a hereditary level of flexibility. One version of the gene means you’re quite flexible, the other means you’re not. Don’t be embarrassed or disappointed because you aren’t a spaghetti or, as an older person with less active growth hormone your muscles don’t bulk up as quickly as they did when you were young – or at all.

There is a point at which you’ll stop making obvious improvements; but don’t stop practicing whatever it is you practice. The benefits become more subtle, more refined.  More energy, stability, self-knowledge. It’s quite enough to stretch what’s tight and strengthen what’s weak and notice that your powers of observation are greater than they were. Nothing stays the same. You’re either going up or you’re going down. Even when you don’t notice either.

Resistance is a good training. Good to observe, good to exploit. For example, when doing yoga poses, reach the point of resistance and wait it out, staying as long as you can. Use resistance in your daily life too. Push against tables, your knees, the door frame. There are dozens of ways to be creative using the principle of resistance.

One more thing: if you work hard all of the time, you’ll start to notice little aches, pains and tears everywhere. Be sensitive. Pace yourself. Learn when to push and when to let go – in life as well as in the gym.

Your body isn’t a machine. Rest it. Work hard but don’t kill yourself.


He Always Makes Her Laugh

He Always Makes Her Laugh


Yes, the humor: it requires talent;

Gift which gets her into stitches, which

Frustration, anger, irritation

Can be pushed away,

Deferred, deterred,

Deflected and distracted; like a child’s,

The argument dispersed.


Partly, she admits, she lets it.

On her back, tummy up;

A cat or dog surrendering.

She simply isn’t fast enough

To counter with repliques

With streaks of irony and punch.

So there she’s left,

Laughing at manipulations and diversions;

Loving him in spite…because.


He Always Makes Her Laugh 1.11.2016

Love Relationships II;

Arlene Corwin

Transparent But Limited (a new year resolution)

Transparent But Limited


Ask me more questions –

I’ll answer them all.

When/if I recoil

It’s not that I’m consciously

Trying to lie;

Deception is not in my bones.

Guilt and illusions

May live in those hormones

I don’t know I own,

Un-known till the right time is sown.

Transparent but limited;

Blind to some weaknesses,

Thank God, not all.

Week one, a new year,

So hear ye, this typical

New year’s resolve!

Resolved: new persistence,

Stick-to-it, carry-through

Dug into

Processes, habits and thought;

See-through as glass,



Not a bad



Transparent But Limited 1.10.2016

Pure Nakedness; The Processes: Creative, Thinking, Meditative II;

Arlene Corwin




The Only Reliable


The only un-die-able

Is the only reliable: capital R.

Viable only

And friend to the lonely

He, She or It,

Whatever it is we choose to elect

As the name to connect

And commune with.


The Only Reliable 1.4.2016

Circling Round Reality;

Arlene Corwin






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