And I Wrote This Book.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Now



Now

We don’t know why.
We don’t know how.
All we know is what is now.
In now there’s hope, and breath, and life.
In now there’s poise to meet the strife.
In now resides all that we need
to face the tides ’til storms recede.

A glass half empty’s just as full.
The heart lifts more than sorrow’s toll.

We don’t know why.
We don’t know how.
All we know
is what is 
now.  

By me, 2011, and painting by me, 1981 (age 15)

49 comments:

  1. That painting is awesome and the poem is perfect too.

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  2. Beautiful painting and words to go with it!

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    1. Thank you JoJo, Ruth, and Connie.
      Virtual hugs.

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  3. You were an artist and a prophet. You are an artist and a prophet.

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    1. That's sweet, EC. I'm not the artist I used to be. I don't think I could paint like that now.

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  4. The first three lines read like a saying of the Buddha, Robyn. Maybe it's time you set up an ashram in sunny California. :)

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    1. It is fairly Buddhist, mindfulness-like and all. Thanks you, GB. Not sure how to go about the ashram thing, but chocolate will have to be factored in.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I've become more dull over the years. Haven't picked up a paintbrush in years either - I should give it a go again.

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  6. I never knew you painted. Show us more!

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    1. Oh no, I can't say no to that challenge. I'll have to figure out how to post others. Most of my best work, Stephen, is with pastel. And it's all old. But I'll work on posting more. Thank you.

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  7. A bright and wonderful imagery there. Generous colors and a poem that gives onto life. Things we need at every age.

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    1. "A poem that gives into life." Ah yes, I like the way you phrased that. We should all invest in giving into life for at least a few minutes a day. Gratitude, Geo.

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  8. Very nice! Loved the colors and imagery :)

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  9. Beautiful. (Oh, and the painting and the poem, too)

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    1. Ah shucks, thank you, Mitchell.
      Thanks so much, Yvonne.
      Loving thoughts.

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  10. There's just something about that painting...the colors...it draws you in. Especially if your heart is heavy, which mine is right now. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. It helps to look at things through child's eyes, I think. And I painted the world as I saw it - through my young eyes. Sorry, Alana. We're all carrying heavy hearts and we'll keep each other lifted.

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  11. Your painting reminds me of Van Gogh and I want to so much see more. You are so talented and I love the poem...very beautiful

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  12. Wow, quite the impressive piece, beats my stick people at any age lol

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  13. You have had raw creative talent since you were young. Enjoy your gifts. I know I do.

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  14. Very well said and absolutely true. We're all in this together, this 'now' - for better or worse. And hey, that painting is really good! Is 15 year old you available to hire for help with painting comics? We're still not so good at that whole blending colors thing...

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    1. I wish she was, but she's so rusty and so much older now, Bryan. Drats. I almost had the funnest bosses in the world.

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  15. Such talent. Awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. that's perfect for the times. Kudos

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  17. That's cool. I like the painting (great color choices) and I like the poem. However, right now? I'm so pessimistic that I'm missing the "hope" in the now. Though, let me tell you, I've read and reread and reread the poem and it's helping calm my overwhelming anxiety like a meditative mantra.

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    1. I hear you, PVP. Yet I'm so glad the repetition helps. I recited this to myself every morning when I was going through a very dark time. It helped me tackle the day - not that I didn't crash emotionally, but it helped.

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  18. Both the painting and the poem are LOVELY!! You are such a creative talent. The line "the glass half empty's just as full...should be taken to heart by everyone struggling with recent events.

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    1. That and the next line, Cheryl, are my favorites. Thank you, dear lady.

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  19. So, you've always been talented! No surprise.

    Love the poem. How fitting for our ever-changing world.

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  20. So you can paint too? You are multi-talented Robyn.
    Love the poem also, it couldn't be more appropriate to what is going on.

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  21. Such a talented lady, Robyn. I love how your outlook on life is reflected in your artistry. The poem is delightful and so poignant. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Thanks so much, dears. Take gentle care of yourselves and let's keep looking out for each other.

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  23. Wow! That painting is amazing! I love the poem. You are very multi-talented!

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  24. Multi-talented. The poem and the painting work well together.

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  25. Nice painting and poem! And after the election, lots of us are feeling that way.

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  26. That's your painting? I love it! Do you still paint? If the answer is no, than I would have to ask, why not? You surely have talent. Love you!

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    1. I know - I should get back to it, but I discovered I'm a writer.
      Thanks hon. Love you too.

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  27. Of this I know:
    I'll always intend
    to be ever thankful for
    a very good friend.

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    1. That's heartfelt and sweet
      You can't be beat
      Well you know, I can't lie
      With Ken Lynch
      You would tie.

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  28. Oh my goodness that painting!! I was lucky to be able to follow the paint by number sets when I was 15. You're a talented gal for sure! Great poem.

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