You Can’t Look Pretty and Concentrate 2003

You Can’t Look Pretty And Concentrate

It’s either/or:

You can’t look pretty and concentrate.

It is a kind of war between

The ego and the thing,

The thing, the more important.

It’s nice if you relax,

A glass in hand, donned new pressed slacks;

To smile and see them smile too,

Eye contacting, all the while

Performing so the thing will gel,

Aiming at a phrase well done.

© You Can’t Look Pretty & Concentrate 03.5.27

The Processes: Creative, Thinking, Meditative; Vaguely About Music; Definitely Didactic;

Arlene Corwin


*on seeing a film of Keith Jarrett’s Tokyo concert 1996






Limited Means 2003

Limited Means

I was listening to a radio concert of Keith Jarrett and feeling quite shabby by comparison, and then I thought…

Where do we go with limited means?

Far, perhaps not furthest.

Far enough to please the soul;

If mind accepts it’s not the best,

Sends its signals to the rest,

Then rest becomes our aureole.

In struggling, this perfection test

Is never passed.

Is life amassed

By perfect means

When gods and kings and queens lack means,

Bound in jars like jelly beans?

Is not the striving vanity,

Like purchasing designer jeans?

I say let limitation play,

And boundaries help create your style.

Joy and presence your hooray,

And limitations smile.

©Limited Means 03.5.19

Vaguely About Music;

Arlene Corwin


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