The Seriousness Of Verse

 The Seriousness Of Verse

We know that poetry is read by few,
But be assured, not for the few;
It is for you
To read of essences, the universe’s
Inmost soul
With each one global I.e. noble.

That is why I write in verse;
Talent, aptitude not shrewd,
But looking in the murky muds
To see the clear, the flow’ring buds.

And so, dear reader,
Truth is there
To read about, write it out, (get it out)
Shed light
On knowledge there in part
To quash corruption of the heart,
Reminding us
That seven deadly sins are sins
Indeed –
And deadly,
Numbing minds and steadily
Let us
Support all verse
As ultimately serious.
The Seriousness Of Verse 9.16.2022 Processes: Creative, Thinking. Meditative II; Arlene Nover Corwin

You Can Write About Anything #2

  You Can Write About Anything #2

With roots ‘down to your boots’;
To hints of red tints farthest away.*
Themes have essences, nascences:
Theses coming into being
With potential and emergence:
Non-existent yet existent.

With signs of future, links to past.
Every theme a non-thing that may last forever;
Everything a something that was never.

Paradox, anomaly,
That smudge may be at once
The only thing that has an ounce
Or ring of being and continuance.

Never mind how bright or pallid –
It’s all valid,
If you think it, write it!

With the right to be expressed.
Make this right your crest,
Your emblem, crown,
The light that you reach up & down for.

Write about the things you’ve known,
Thoughts that groan, words on loan
All of which from which you’ve grown.

You write about
No matter what,
With no peculiar quirk ruled out.
Good or bad,
There’s nothing more that I can add.
You Can Write About Anything 8.21.2022 Circling Round Existence; Circling Round Everything; Arlene Nover Corwin
*the furthest light in space we see has a red tint.
**(especially of a process ) just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential: the nascent (early 17th century: from Latin nascent- ‘being born’, from the verb nasci).

All My Handicaps 2022

  All My Handicaps 2022

I have to work with handicaps:
Brakes, checks, obstacles,
Scrap that traps;
Mind, the lilliputian kind.

I work on whim and lacking
Aptitudes, genetic codes,
The character to use a mode,
What can one do?
The answer may be to

Upload the tiny brain and gifts,
Sift until a tiny universe
Comes forth, impressive,
Total as symphony, intimate as lieder,
Miniature but pure.

Self is self, no matter what,
I’ve got to work with what I’ve got,
Use my limits as un-timidly
As bravery intimates,
Not rejecting what might spur;
Inadequate, but all I have to offer.
All My Handicaps 11.10.1998/recomposed 9.14.2022 Pure Nakedness; I Is Always You Is We; Arlene Nover Corwin

The Writing’s On The Wall

I just happened to be skimming the site of literary magazine where the theme of the month was Spirituality. This came out of me.

The Writing’s On The Wall

For a writing to be spiritual
It need just deal
With hope or wonder, space or matter,
Questions about faith,
The nature of the earth, one’s birth…
There is no end
Of words that lend themselves
To what we label

Spirit is as spirit sees,
All projection of our needs,
Our temperament,
Our level of development.

Insight is ongoing,
As is growing, knowing –
Culmination’s summit never reached,
Only beached time, time again.

Every insight feels like
A crowning moment, highest peak
Of writing’s week.

It takes a long, long time of building up and winding down
Through repetition, meditation,
All to reach the top
And then. there’s probably no stop.

With much to learn and much to give,
Shades of meaning new received,
We keep repeating, repetition,
Each fresh option – a new freedom.

Every -al is spiritual
That being so, therefore and ergo:
Be alert: the writing’s on the wall.
The Writing’s On the Wall 9.13.2022 TheProcesses:Creative,Thinking,MeditativeII; Arlene Nover Corwin

Yoga Hidden & Unbidden

 This is dedicated to people who are not inclined to active training: been sick, are passively inclined or lacking in energy one way or another.  It improves and actively affects the concentration, the ability to isolate and activate minutely small body parts.  

It is empty mind-fullness, perhaps full minded emptiness in the highest.

 Yoga Hidden & Unbidden

She lies in bed.
Unwittingly, she presses head
Against the pillow,
Holding, staying, wholly still;
Neck, then shoulders pressing hard
Until the guard of energy and will says “Shift!”
Then mind and focus shift,
The mind of instinct key and swift.

Pressure finds another joint,
A muscle’s spot, a pressure point,
Without a jot of thinking,
With an automatic gentle sinking,
She invents another press,
Not pillow this time but on mattress.

Lifting spine but still supine
She presses gluteus and maximus,
Stays a bit, some one, two minutes,
Then an impulse moves a limb.
Inner elbow, thigh or arm;
Bicep, tricep, calf or knee,
Flexing, pushing, simple moving,
Not a reasoning but feeling.

Even going round the brain, the eyes, closed lids.
She is surprised at what she spies:
Insight in the thick of night!
Fired up, inspired, then tired,
She falls into a worthy sleep:
Accomplishment the final moment.
Yoga Hidden & Unbidden 9.12.2020/revised9.12.2022 Circling Round Experience; Circling Round Yoga; Arlene Nover Corwin

How Will You Influence The World?

 How Will You Influence The World?

How will you influence the world
When you are ‘gone and buried’?
Who has gotten there
Where he or she has a desire
To affect the world at all`?

Stuck in mire as we are;
The muck and mire of illusion,
Acquired and admired sins,
Their genes within:

Lust, sloth, gluttony, wrath and envy,
Greed and pride (the hidden bride).
How will you have helped the world,
Transformed, shaped, guided?
What will you have left behind
As means to sculpt the heart and mind?

Who is even in the ’hood* of being good,
Of having fine and noble thoughts,
Of knowing all the ‘do’s’ and ‘oughts’?
Who thinks ahead
Beyond the minutes in his head?
Very few.
(not even you)
Admit it!

Now, to give a prick, a needle’s stick, perhaps the trick:
(Not that I’m any better, I myself a debtor
To the owner of this world),
I ponder nowadays, how best to raise
The welfare of our children’s children
Who’ll inherit our milieus in

Never praise the craze of progress,
Nor the vulture of our culture,
Nor the aim at fame and high-ness
But develop breadth and kindness,
Thus to influence the world.
How Will You Influence The World? 8.25.2022 Our Times, Our Culture II; Arlene Nover Corwin

Twenty-One Years Ago Today

Sweden at the height of their Election Day, knocking everything else off the airwaves, I happened to turn to a channel that commemorated 9/11.

Twenty-One Years Ago Today

I can never let it go.
Twenty-one sad years ago
It happened, shaping one forever.
World Trade Center
No dissenter can describe.

Thousands dead!
Dread, dread the thread
Far away
It still will always stay
As if it happened yesterday.

Twin Towers
By two traitor pilots.
In horrendous crashes
Thousands dashed to ashes.

This small verse
To voice the worst
Of what became a hearse
That was Twin Towers,
So that future generations
May partake in, have a stake in
The barbarity of history.
A deed of fury and revenge
To charge the memory.

One twinges at the thought.
A nudge to budge the psyche
To remember nine eleven
America was under siege.
Twenty_One Years Ago Today 9.11.2022 Our Times, Our Culture II; Arlene Nover Corwin

You Only Need Your Mind To Make You Happy

            You Only Need Your Mind To Make You Happy

“Giant leaps often start with small steps.” Queen Elizabeth II (1926 – 2022)
It’s happened, and
We don’t know where that step will land.
Heaven is an endless place,
A palace all its own.
A space that holds not only
Some small few,
But possibly, one day, me, you.

You only need your mind
To find the many ways to ‘bless’.
Only need your mind to make for happiness.
Even so, and nonetheless,
We fail, mistaking goal and means,
Means for goals,
What it means to crawl
Before we run –
Life care and understanding.

Perhaps we need to understand
That we are kings and queens, we all
If we can each be gentle, regal,
With nobility of mind the prime
and selfless moral..
God save small kings and queens.

You Only Need Your Mind To Make You Happy 9.9.2022 BirthDeath&InBetween III;Arlene Nover Corwin

A Mystic’s Quest

A person who seeks by contemplation and self-surrender to obtain unity with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or who believes in the spiritual apprehension of truths that are beyond the intellect:

      A Mystic’s Quest*

(in there somewhere out there)

In there somewhere,
Out there some there.
While the whole of me,
A guest in quest of mystery:
An altogether unseen deity,
inexplicable, perplexing .
Baffling, taxing
Yet revealed to those who yield…
In all concealed
How to find It in the all:
There the quest,
The mystic’s test.

Do we have no choice but one,
Belief, acceptance, faith – e’en none?
The key to find the sun in One.

Supposing one does all things right.
(quite, quite, quite quite hard enough)
Zest, aims, means …and all that stuff.
Tired of entanglements
In life’s problems and involvements
One yearns back to peace and silence..

Bending to the starts and ends;
Continuing, to start again;
Seeing in a new, more hope-filled way;
viewing circumstances differently,

Knowing it’s one’s nature that supplies it all:
The sudden urge to rise from falls.
Regret, repentance, flaws reversed,
Frames of reference new rehearsed.

The answers in there, out somewhere;
Unprovable, yet treasure trove
Of endless worth when once uncovered.
A Mystic’s Quest 9.11.2022 A Mystic’s Quest; To the Child Mystic II; Arlene Nover Corwin
*a person who seeks by contemplation and self-surrender to obtain unity with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or who believes in the spiritual apprehension of truths that are beyond the intellect:

The Most Prosaic, Philosophical((& Spiritual) Advice)

Having been moved by a documentary on Queen Elizabeth II: an off the cuff and unrefined reminder.

The Most Prosaic, Philosophical
((& Spiritual) Advice)

One must remember:
“It’s not happening to me,
It’s happening around me.”
If one can do that ego free,
It is achievement and fulfilment:
The blessing of attainment.

You will find.
To keep the mind within, outside:.
It may be knotty, thorny, difficult to…
Needing training daily; ‘Screw
The world, unfurled and furled’
Yet love it too!
Each insect, animal and person,
For in some way
they’re all in you.

Philosophical indeed,
This seed reaction,
Manner, action.
Seen in all the noblest
In some way, have been nobly blessed.

As said, however, just a training;
Down-to-earth the discipline;
Workaday and plain mundane.
‘It’s not happening to me,
(though hard to apprehended)
It’s happening around me’
I’m involved and also covered
By the selfsame words of ‘love’
And lover.
The Most Prosaic, Philosophical (& Spiritual) Advice 9.10.2022 Circling Round Existence; Arlene Nover Corwin

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