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Tillsonburg to Windsor
(On a sunny day)
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I get directions from my phone
It speaks with a womans voice
Because I don't want some guy
telling me what to do

"Head North for 38 Kilometers...
Your ETA is 14:33....
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go......
I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move."

North to the highway then West
Can't go ten miles
without running into construction
Down to one lane where they are
putting in a new culvert
A Hot, Sunny day with featherlike clouds

"Turn left and merge onto Highway 401
Westbound
Continue for 49 kilometers
We travel, some of us forever,
to seek other places, other lives, other souls."

Lotta trucks today
The huge broken train that moves
Freight from the coast to the cities
in the center of the continent
And food back from the plains
to the factories
Takes up most of the two righthand lanes

I can only take about an hour of that
straight line single speed stuff
Have to reconfigure
(I have decided to call her Cindy)
To avoid the four-lanes

"Head South for nineteen kilometers
Then turn right on Highway 3
Your ETA is 15:03
The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks,
is a departure into unknown lands."

Even the two-lane highway is busy
Farm traffic, mothers in SUV's
Jet contrails hold their shape
The clouds change by the moment
One looks like a huge submarine
Viewed from just below and to the left
As if there was such a place
A few seconds later it looks like an otter
lying on its back
I wonder what's up with the
aquatic motif

"In 800 meters turn right onto County Road Four
Continue for 34 kilometers
The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have."

When I was a kid we farmed wheat and hay
Followed behind the baler with a wagon
My uncles picked up the bales
and threw them onboard
It's all done by machines now
Bales the size of small houses

Construction again....
A "flag person"

"In 600 Meters turn left onto Quincy Drive....
Continue for 84 kilometers
Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before."

Wheat, hay and corn dominate
but slowly lose ground
The junction of a major river and
turning point of the Great Lakes approaches
This land claimed from the marshes
produces beans and fruit
Markets and garden stores

"Turn right on South Service Road....
You will arrive at your destination in 2 kilometers....
People don’t take trips, trips take people."
....

"He who would travel happily must travel light.....
You have arrived"

Cindy sounds content
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Doesn't fit in two bags, you're life is encumbered.....you've chosen to stay for awhile. Make it worth the effort. 
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Michael French

Original Poetry  - 
 
Book of Questioning XXI
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Why does Time Rhyme?

The Direction of the Universe
Is difficult to express
Confusion is merely typical
Even Scientists will confess

Eggs scrambled but then reversed
The toast dis-burnt and cold
Coffee beans ground back together
A body not yet grown old

It seems the Arrow is pointed
The direction we first did look
Discussion becomes quite farcical
As I attempt to unread a book





http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/07/the-debate-over-times-place-in-the-universe/492464/
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how to unread a book!
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Michael French

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Book of Questioning XIV

++++++++

When did it happen?

There was a moment when someone
A genius, or madman
Found that wisdom could be
Packaged
Wound up into little balls
and tossed about, juggled
Amusement for the masses
who could think of themselves
as having been exposed
Given the gift of thought
It need be easily digestible
pleasing to the palate
Best topped with a small bow
and sprinkled with sugar

And I stop there.....

I can't carry it through to
its properly indignant
conclusion

But, Then
Who am I to be humble?
What right do I have to pretend
a sense of perspective
Like I have some insight
When.... what I am feeling
is disdain for vast swathes of the race
Finding discouragement
among the most banal moments
Normal, natural interactions
Pleasantries and greetings
Grind my bones

I am left with the impression
The great minds of the distant past
Perceiving the immensity of the path taken
Taking time to condense
and purify the thought
Understanding the need for
context and complete understanding
Teaching the lessons and the discipline
Faced with a Fortune Cookie
Would weep


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yes this is an actual fortune...from a cookie
No mention of the immortal Nadia Boulanger who wrote it......


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Golden crumbs of wisdom thrown onto life's plate
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feel free to add to this...

philosophic
--

philosophical
haiku, a redundancy


there is no free will

I do not exist

define happiness

there is no mountain

no objective truth

why is there something?

morality is?

what is a number?

who am I really?

Essential Nature?

somehow define "time"

are there miracles?

what is a science?

what thing do you fear?

is there a reason?

where does your mind live?




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+Boris Borcic ...additions should have five syllables...
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final line haiku

what you wrote though is interesting.....
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Michael French

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House
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Not a new house
In the way of technology
Wood that is tree all the way through
Instead of products
that looks like it on the surface
But made of something else

Stone at the base
One of the results of the end
of a time of great uncertainty
So it was built to last
Carry the time because
Now there was time

Such a place can be gentle
and yet firm at the same time
Not subject to winds
Rain does not get in
Holding its inhabitants close
while giving them freedom

While close to its neighbors
it is independant
Part of the city
and a shelter from it
A symbol of, a definition
Of Home

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Inspired by "The Poetics of Space"
Gaston Bachelard 1958
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It turns out
(spoiler alert)
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Time is not an option

So many things
Most in fact
Can be contained
within a children's rhyme

If it takes more than
a couple of seconds to say
It's probably not entirely true

If I touch the small of her back
Not wake her up, still
I can change her dream

Love has a taste for irony

The big grey cat
must be greeted or he will cry
and wake the entire house

To shudder the very roots of Reality
Speak very quietly

The ending is always the same
And yet somehow
Is quite often a surprise

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Very nice. The ending is 'true' to its words! :)
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Michael French

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Tillsonburg to Windsor
(On a sunny day)
+++++++

I get directions from my phone
It speaks with a womans voice
Because I don't want some guy
telling me what to do

"Head North for 38 Kilometers...
Your ETA is 14:33....
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go......
I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move."

North to the highway then West
Can't go ten miles
without running into construction
Down to one lane where they are
putting in a new culvert
A Hot, Sunny day with featherlike clouds

"Turn left and merge onto Highway 401
Westbound
Continue for 49 kilometers
We travel, some of us forever,
to seek other places, other lives, other souls."

Lotta trucks today
The huge broken train that moves
Freight from the coast to the cities
in the center of the continent
And food back from the plains
to the factories
Takes up most of the two righthand lanes

I can only take about an hour of that
straight line single speed stuff
Have to reconfigure
(I have decided to call her Cindy)
To avoid the four-lanes

"Head South for nineteen kilometers
Then turn right on Highway 3
Your ETA is 15:03
The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks,
is a departure into unknown lands."

Even the two-lane highway is busy
Farm traffic, mothers in SUV's
Jet contrails hold their shape
The clouds change by the moment
One looks like a huge submarine
Viewed from just below and to the left
As if there was such a place
A few seconds later it looks like an otter
lying on its back
I wonder what's up with the
aquatic motif

"In 800 meters turn right onto County Road Four
Continue for 34 kilometers
The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have."

When I was a kid we farmed wheat and hay
Followed behind the baler with a wagon
My uncles picked up the bales
and threw them onboard
It's all done by machines now
Bales the size of small houses

Construction again....
A "flag person"

"In 600 Meters turn left onto Quincy Drive....
Continue for 84 kilometers
Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before."

Wheat, hay and corn dominate
but slowly lose ground
The junction of a major river and
turning point of the Great Lakes approaches
This land claimed from the marshes
produces beans and fruit
Markets and garden stores

"Turn right on South Service Road....
You will arrive at your destination in 2 kilometers....
People don’t take trips, trips take people."
....

"He who would travel happily must travel light.....
You have arrived"

Cindy sounds content
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"We are explorers."
- Captain Jean Luc Picard (more or less)

Nicely done.
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Not actual poetry...more of a rant....
dressed up as poetry
 
Book of Questioning XIV

++++++++

When did it happen?

There was a moment when someone
A genius, or madman
Found that wisdom could be
Packaged
Wound up into little balls
and tossed about, juggled
Amusement for the masses
who could think of themselves
as having been exposed
Given the gift of thought
It need be easily digestible
pleasing to the palate
Best topped with a small bow
and sprinkled with sugar

And I stop there.....

I can't carry it through to
its properly indignant
conclusion

But, Then
Who am I to be humble?
What right do I have to pretend
a sense of perspective
Like I have some insight
When.... what I am feeling
is disdain for vast swathes of the race
Finding discouragement
among the most banal moments
Normal, natural interactions
Pleasantries and greetings
Grind my bones

I am left with the impression
The great minds of the distant past
Perceiving the immensity of the path taken
Taking time to condense
and purify the thought
Understanding the need for
context and complete understanding
Teaching the lessons and the discipline
Faced with a Fortune Cookie
Would weep


++++++


yes this is an actual fortune...from a cookie
No mention of the immortal Nadia Boulanger who wrote it......


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Worst case, we're watching the end of humans, for the last lessons of humanity. If you can live with that, it only gets better. 
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This stopped me cold.......
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The quieter we are, the more patient and open
we are in our sadnesses, the more deeply and serenely the new presence can enter us, and the more we can make it our own, the more it becomes our fate; and later on, when it “happens” (that is, steps forth out of us to other people), we will feel related and close to it in our innermost being.

And that is necessary. It is necessary
— and toward this point our development will move, little by little — that
nothing alien happen to us, but only what has long been our own. People have
already had to rethink so many concepts of motion; and they will also gradually come to realize that what we call fate does not come into us from the outside, but emerges from us.

It is only because so many people have not absorbed and
transformed their fates while they were living in them that they have not realized what was emerging from them; it was so alien to them that they have not realized what was emerging from them;
it was so alien to them that, in their confusion and fear, they thought it must have entered them at the very moment they became aware of it, for they swore they had never before found anything like that inside them.

Just as people for a long time had a wrong idea about the sun’s
motion, they are even now wrong about the motion of what is to come. The
future stands still, dear Mr. Kappus,

But we move in infinite space.

Ranier Maria Rilke
Borgebygard, Fladie, Sweden
August 12, 1904

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Thank you for this great quote. Rilke is still relevant, at least to me.
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Aragon
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Language was not given to man...
He seized it.*
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I am aware of
But don't have to love
Respect is just another word
and the values I was taught
get in the way
Looking down is inaccurate
Aware of the stars
means to be uncaring of the clouds
That in itself lacks humility
even knowing the concept is useless
when compared to the cat
He knows his way through the night
Written in such a way to leave
it nameless
Is just another example
So, forgive the cold stare
Have mercy on the critic
There are moments late in the night
I know better




*Louis Aragon
1897-1982
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Shattered
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I asked you flat
I asked you plain

There wasn't the eyebrows raised
or hands spread pleading

And still....

That
Is what happens
It's like a wave moving through a cloud
You see the result but not the force itself

Only the reaction gives it voice

Not anger
It's the time I don't get back

No
It's the most sane thing I have ever done

And if you can think that
There is a lot more broken here
Than some cheap sand and heat



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+Joshua Art Thanks....been working with the concept of negative space,or in this..... one side of the experience
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Who was this written about?

"the central character is notorious for his infantile engagement with his world. (He) inhabits a domain of greedy self-gratification". (A) metaphor for the modern man, he is an antihero — fat, ugly, vulgar, gluttonous, grandiose, dishonest, stupid, jejune, voracious, greedy, cruel, cowardly and evil....


wrong....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubu_Roi 
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+Andreas Geisler I had a feeling this character wasn't original.....
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