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  • mono 11:08 pm on May 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , eagle, , , nature, pets   

    Eagle Spots Dog 

    The hum of power lines like whistling oblivion. In the middle of a yard. Over there the fields stretch and hump one over the other. An eagle swoops, but I do not stand in awe at the eagle’s majestic wingspan or it’s white head, knife beak. Instead, I run for the little dogs that chase each other in the yard: knit toy, muddied paws, chewing bark. They do not know that eagles have been known to snatch small animals from yards. I imagine the worst. They do not know why I run close and call them with angry voice or with arms flailing and wrap myself around them. The eagle circles above, dipping low, but I am not a small animal and the eagle has kept its course, has passed me over, has spared me. I do not see the eagle. My body has that electric feeling like when you round the corner and see a celebrity in the shoe store or smoking on the corner outside the coffee shop in New York city, that moment when the lights dim, go black, and then, with tremendous force, shoot on to reveal the spectacle of something live, something living. Another bird caws above me, but it is not an eagle, it is a seagull, the rat of the air. My wife, who has never seen a seagull, says, “look at that one. It’s beautiful.” “Did you see the eagle?” “No,” she says, “but I watched you run away.” “Go inside,” I say to the dogs,” go and play and I’ll feed you soon.” We stand and wait. I am waiting for the eagle again. It does not come.

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  • mono 6:11 am on January 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ecology, Forests, , , More Trees, MoreTrees, nature, Sakamoto,   

    MoreTrees 

    Last weekend, I found the website to the Japan-based organization, MoreTrees. Here is my amateur translation (Japanese-English) of the “introduction” section of their website. If you are interested, hopefully this will give you an understanding of where they are coming from (despite my potentially garbled translation):

    MoreTrees: Introduction

    ‘The name “MoreTrees,” is a call to have more trees. On a global scale, there is a continuing depredation of forests. What we call “human civilization” is now on the brink of extinction. We think that the simple message of “MoreTrees” is to get reality in motion with a desire for concrete action.
    The “More Trees” movement is a community-based advancement in the increase of trees, the increase of healthy forests, and an increase in CO2 absorbing forests. In addition, (we are interested in) restoring the cultivating power of the fundamental point of forests: water-retaining capacity and life’s diversity while recognizing the grace of the sun, the water and the forests, derived from nature’s energy. “MoreTrees” is for anyone with the realization that forests regenerate, will share in this joy, and want to continue this universal platform.’

    If you wish to get involved and make a donation or spread the word, please see their official website: MoreTrees

     
  • mono 2:49 pm on May 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , doom, Energy, Energy and Environment, , nature, , , , ,   

    A Wind-Whipped Umbrella (2 Eyeslit Tankas) 

    Dripping shards of grass
    The obfuscated sun-slime
    of a bleak current
    Encircle toward the Vague
    If only to sink within

    The shivering self
    and a wind-whipped umbrella
    I stumbled at last
    Not so luminous under
    a silk quilt epiphany

     
    • Jeff Jefferson 11:43 pm on May 20, 2008 Permalink

      “Sun-slime” …!

      Such a cool notion; the sound of that word is great. Both of these tankas have great sound and rhythm to them.

    • jgrefe 6:53 am on May 21, 2008 Permalink

      Jeff Jefferson, thank you very much. Hopefully Michigan will be an inspiring place this summer to reflect and craft some new poetry. Hope to meet up with you again this year, your schedule permitting.

  • mono 9:45 pm on April 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , eyevio, , flowers, , , nature, ,   

    Fennesz Video + EyeVio 

    I’m testing out the eyeVio site for no particular reason. I uploaded an old Fennesz video that I made. The video is very simple and amateurish, but the song is gorgeous.

     
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