I’ll be just another ghost

I'll be just another ghost

Very very soon
I’ll be just another ghost
A figment of your
Imagination only
No longer of mine as well

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Depth charge: A warrior name Fuse Yajiro wrote the following 辞世, jisei,death poem:

Before long
I shall be a ghost
but just now
how they bite my flesh!
the winds of autumn

(from Japanese Death Poems by Yoel Hoffman)

This got me thinking about what it really means to be a ghost.

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Effortless Substitution

Forever Bicycles by Ai Weiwei at the AGO_20131005_155628

When faced with a difficult
Question, we often answer
An easier one
Without even noticing
The substitution
So when asked why I love you
I simply answer—I do

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(Renga from Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow)

Depth Charge: This poem started as a found inverse tanka (7-7-5-7-5 syllables) that consisted of a paraphrase of a sentence from Daniel Kahneman’s extremely erudite, informative and stimulating book, Thinking, Fast and Slow.  It then morphed into what I like to call masturbatory renga. In standard renga, two poets take turns writing the two parts of the tanka (5-7-5 and 7-7), but in this case the conversation is one-sided; I am simply reacting to what Kahneman has written and turning into a found poem, an exchange with myself stimulated by the thoughts of another: mental masturbation.

A new chapbook, as close as the clouds by Andrew Grimes Griffin, is available for free reading online and/or download.

As close as the clouds (for Cutty) by Andrew Grimes Griffin

As close as the clouds (for Cutty), a new chapbook by Andrew Grimes Griffin

Illumination


Illumination
Is nothing—if not human
As our consciousness
Echoes—in others— dimly
Dimly—repeats—nevermore

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Depth Charge: We need a material awakening, not a spiritual awakening. We need to face up the responsibilities of our material being, a material being that includes our minds, our memories, all of our consciousness, a material being that cannot exist apart from the rest of the material universe.

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Monkey No Aware #21 — Hopelessly Hopeful, Awkwardly Optimistic

lacrimae rerum by Andrew Grimes Griffin

Perhaps the proof positive that humans are hardwired to be insanely optimistic is the way in which we always greet the news of someone’s death as if it were something unexpected. She could have been 95 years old and riddled with cancer, but when we hear she has died, it comes as a surprise, like “Really? Oh, I thought maybe SHE would be the one to live forever.“

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