Friday, September 26, 2014

sunlight will win, don't worry

Publication Date

Franz Wright

One of the few pleasures of writing
is the thought of one’s book in the hands of a kindhearted
intelligent person somewhere. I can’t remember what the others
are right now.
I just noticed that it is my own private

National I Hate Myself and Want to Die Day
(which means the next day I will love my life
and want to live forever). The forecast calls
for a cold night in Boston all morning

and all afternoon. They say
tomorrow will be just like today,
only different. I’m in the cemetery now
at the edge of town, how did I get here?

A sparrow limps past on its little bone crutch saying
I am Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca
risen from the dead —
literature will lose, sunlight will win, don’t worry.

Ahh, Franz Wright. Yes, it's like that, maybe for everyone and not just poets. One day you hate your life, you despair, everything is dull and hopeless. And then the next day, though everything is pretty much the same (maybe the sun came out, though, something as simple as that), it's grand, you're grand, and all is beautiful.

Sunlight will win, don't worry.

We have once again made it all the way to Friday, which is something.

And so, some tea.

If we were having tea, I'd tell you about how next week at this time, I'll be heading to Toronto for the launch of my book, Asking, along with other Seraphim Editions authors.

I posted this on Facebook yesterday:

I'll be in Toronto and Hamilton to read from my book Asking, October 4 and 5 as part of the Seraphim Editions 2014 launch. Looking forward to meeting and reading with: Madeleine Harris-Callway, David Whitehouse, Chris Laing, John Delacourt, and Bernadette Rule.
 In Toronto, the reading will be on Saturday, October 4 at The Women's Art Association Gallery, from 2-5pm.
The Hamilton reading is on Sunday, October 5 at the Hamilton Air Force Association Clubhouse, 2-5pm. 
Join us for refreshments, short readings, and book signings.

{Join me on Facebook if you like}

Read more about Asking on my books page.

It's going to be a busy-ish fall (at least it will seem so for us introverts). Rob will be the inaugural artist-in-residence at Graceland University in Iowa in early November.

Many other projects on the go, more edits on my novel to come, new work to write, and then always the everyday stuff, too, right.

Things can be overwhelming at times. It's useful and good to sit and drink tea. And who is more articulate on the subject of drinking tea than Thich Nhat Hanh?

“Tea is an act complete in its simplicity.
When I drink tea, there is only me and the tea.
The rest of the world dissolves.
There are no worries about the future.
No dwelling on past mistakes.
Tea is simple: loose-leaf tea, hot pure water, a cup.
I inhale the scent, tiny delicate pieces of the tea floating above the cup.
I drink the tea, the essence of the leaves becoming a part of me.
I am informed by the tea, changed.
This is the act of life, in one pure moment, and in this act the truth of the world suddenly becomes revealed: all the complexity, pain, drama of life is a pretense, invented in our minds for no good purpose.
There is only the tea, and me, converging.”

- Thich Nhat Hanh

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”

- Thich Nhat Hanh

“You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea.
Only in the awareness of the present, can your hands feel the pleasant warmth of the cup.
Only in the present, can you savor the aroma, taste the sweetness, appreciate the delicacy.
If you are ruminating about the past, or worrying about the future, you will completely miss the experience of enjoying the cup of tea.
You will look down at the cup, and the tea will be gone.
Life is like that.
If you are not fully present, you will look around and it will be gone.
You will have missed the feel, the aroma, the delicacy and beauty of life.
It will seem to be speeding past you. The past is finished.
Learn from it and let it go.
The future is not even here yet. Plan for it, but do not waste your time worrying about it.
Worrying is worthless.
When you stop ruminating about what has already happened, when you stop worrying about what might never happen, then you will be in the present moment.
Then you will begin to experience joy in life.”

- Thich Nhat Hanh


  1. Good luck with the reading! What a great opportunity.

  2. Tea always seems like something you need to slow down, sit down to enjoy. As opposed to coffee, which you grab and run. I want to love tea for that reason, but I just don't, so I try to slow down and hold my hot coffee mug and sit still, enjoying the heat and the smell.

    I don't think it's the same somehow.

    1. Maybe it's a matter of finding the right tea? There are so many to choose from.

      I think coffee could work the same way though. Why not? :)

  3. Sounds like both busy and exciting times for you and your husband! Love your images of the deadheaded blossoms, such beautiful contrasts...and the light on Ace and the steamy tea cup..wonderful and evocative! Thank you for always introducing me to great poems, I may have to borrow a few of these sometime!

    1. Feel free to steal :) Thanks so much, Susan!

  4. oh dear, Toronto is close but not nearly close enough. Wishing you a lovely time there! Thanks for the tea reminders :) xo


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