"Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness."
Khalil Gibran

Friday, June 9, 2017

Conversation with a Cab-Driver

There were many who went in huddled procession,
They knew not whither;
But, at any rate, success or calamity
Would attend all in equality.
Stephen Crane

The Chariot
Giorgio de Chirico
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The charioteer climbed down
from his cab to contemplate his wheel,
stuck in a rut.
He carried a single passenger – the World –
who leant from his seat to offer wisdom:
“Those with their eyes fixed only
on a destination, fail to understand the journey.”
But the driver spat in the gutter
and cursed his Fate.
“I was not born to stand still.”


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Words Count with Mama Zen

I drew a tarot card yesterday and today - The Chariot and The World - and, although both readings seemed exceedingly inept in my current circumstances, I could not resist a return to my Tales of Tarot.

17 comments:

  1. A great piece and one to dwell very much on. Well done!

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  2. Love the idea of the world being chauffeured around by someone who refuses to stand still. No just because it makes sense, but also because it speaks of change. And goodness knows the world hungers for change.

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  3. “Those with their eyes fixed only
    on a destination, fail to understand the journey.”

    luv those line

    much love...

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  4. I love this!❤️ Especially; “Those with their eyes fixed only on a destination, fail to understand the journey” is wonderfully deep and wise!❤️

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  5. Absolutely right.(and it is no less true for any of us)

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  6. A classic--really--it has that wonderfully definitive feel. Ha. Thanks, Kerry. k.

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  7. I love this! Both the advice from the World and the reaction of the Charioteer are brilliantly apt.

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  8. This is SO GOOD!. Just perfect, Kerry.

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  9. Good to see you writing, Kerry. This is quite apt and I agree--what can you do but spit(and in my case, spew a lot of profanity) at the state of this Chariot, this World and this journey...

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  10. So much life wisdom,and human limitation,, here. So good to see you, Kerry. I am laid up now too. Second eye op did not go as well as the first. However, on we go. Once healed, soon forgotten.

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  11. I really like the conversation you envisioned between these cards. It's not only spot on with their meanings, it makes for an enjoyable read.

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  12. I love this, Kerry. These two cards are working different ends of the magisterium, fer sure. I never thought about pairing Tarot cards to see what tandems evolve. Fine work.

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  13. Love the crotchety old driver with no appreciation of the World around. It happens, people like this fellow sometimes have changed, most were much better in childhood and young adult life.
    ..

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  14. Ah! the conflict of the governing stance in life. How it is important to be both - moving and still - at the same time.
    This conversation and the backdrop suggest the peculiarity of conundrums, making it aptly amusing.
    -HA

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  15. I love this world you've created!

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  16. Ah, the almighty "purpose" of life - some really never even contemplate it, I suppose. (sorry it took so long to read and respond to this prompt)

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  17. brilliant. the pivot in the third to last line, its harshness that offsets the meander zen before it - a welcome slap. ~

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