Friday, March 24, 2017



AFTERWORD
 
Gentle Reader,

What you’ll find below is an upside-down anthology of sorts: a journal of my frequent morning musings from January 2008 till now, in reverse order.


Much of what I write here is verse in traditional rhymed iambic pentameters, old fashioned in form but contemporary in topics and idiom. It asks to be read aloud so that the effects of rhyme and meter may be felt.


Sometimes I write brief prose essays, but even my verses are essays, or attempts, pursuing a line of thought to some conclusion, though more sonorously than those in prose: discursive verses, I call them.


In either case, you’re the reader over my shoulder as I write, which makes my writing different than when I have no audience in mind but only a vague urge to express. So I thank you for whatever attention you give my words and thoughts and feelings because you might so easily attend to something else, and you soon will.


To beguile you to linger longer, though, I’ve coupled most of my compositions with a photo or image I’ve taken or borrowed, which often corresponds with my words of that day.

Thank you for visiting here.  I hope you enjoy your stay and are moved to come back soon.


                                                                                                                                               —Alan Nordstrom 



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ME JANE







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TO SHAKESPEARE

                    What tale is there, from this our time, that could
                    Compare with one of yours, O Bard of yore,
                    That, were it dramatized, as surely would
                    Arouse a captive audience to adore?
                    What Hamlet or Othello, Lear, Macbeth
                    Have we to mount our stage and captivate
                    Our ears with passionate and glorious breath
                    That we’ll hereafter praise and contemplate?
                    No longer now does poetry prevail
                    To lift our spirits to enraptured heights,
                    But rather now prosodic scripts assail
                    Our weary ears, revealing no insights
                        Compared to yours into the heart and soul
                        Of our humanity—true drama’s goal.









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Thursday, March 23, 2017


FROM STATIC TO ECSTATIC

                    How can I best employ my intellect
                    To amplify the cosmic logosphere
                    And cause the most significant effect
                    That through my ardent efforts might appear?

                    Is it by versecraft that I’ll demonstrate
                    A wit and wisdom worthy to sustain
                   The hearts and souls of hearers and create
                    A visionary world, a higher plane?

                   If this may be, I’ll try to tune my mind
                   To visualize keen insights from above
                   Of how an elevated humankind
                   Would always live in wisdom and in love.

                        This verse, contrived in slumberous ecstasy,
                        May prove, I hope, a true epiphany.









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Sunday, March 19, 2017




IN PRAISE OF BEING

                    Before the beginning, when only nothing was
                    (Or wasn’t, to try to say it properly),
                    Because, of course, there was then no because,
                    Because there was no cause and couldn’t be—
                    But then there was, as even now it does:
                    May it continue to infinity!









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Friday, March 17, 2017


BEATITUDE

                     I woke up early morning to pure bliss—
                     It’s fading now, but I remember this:
                     That it is what is called “beatitude,”
                     The most exultant human attitude,
                     What mystics claim is Cosmic Consciousness,
                     Attaining which is ultimate success,
                     The highest state there is of human being,
                     Equipping one for supernatural seeing
                     And access to a transcendental world
                     Where universal secrets are unfurled.
                     Once, in my youth, I found this cryptic place,
                     Discovering, for the first time, perfect grace,
                     The memory of which has lingered on,
                      A priceless pearl, a soulful paragon.









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Thursday, March 16, 2017


RHYME SCHEME

                    A Shakespeare sonnet always starts with               A
                    Delightful sense that very soon you’ll                      B
                    Enraptured with a witty mind at pl                            A
                    And that there’s nowhere else you’d rather              B
                    Yet though you’re now intrigued, you’re still at         C
                    As to its purpose, though the melo                           D
                    You find beguiling, so you’ll wait and                        C
                    If it’s for real or slapstick come-                                D
                    Provoking laughter or monoton                                E

                    Composed by someone sharp-eared or tone dea    F
                   A masterpiece or a monstrosit                                   E      

                   By  a meat grinder or a master che                            F
                        The craft-work of a skillful prodi                            G

                         Or something needing an apolo                           G







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Thursday, March 9, 2017

EUPHONY

                      The birds of morning greet the glints of dawn
                      By piping orisons into the skies,
                      As squirrels begin to scamper on the lawn,
                      And soon the frolicking of butterflies
                      Will signal that the blooms of early spring
                     Are blossoming, exultant, bright and gay,
                     Up-lifted by the orisons they sing,
                     A balm to winter’s torpor and dismay—
                     Likewise, my heart is light and I must sing
                     A sonnet that shall celebrate all this
                     Uplifting of our spirits to new heights,
                     Even to the pinnacle of bliss,
                          Exultant in this grand, ecstatic trance
                          That blithely stirs my rising soul to dance.







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Wednesday, March 8, 2017


ZOO-KIA

                   “ZOO-kia, ZOO-kia, ZOO-kia, ZOO!”
                    Shouts a bird in our backyard as I settle down
                    To write my day’s poem, by the dawn’s early light,
                     Unaware of its species, unable to see
                     This mysterious singer who’s haunting our yard
                     But has planted the beat of this rollicking verse
                     That I’m now endeavoring to rightly rehearse.







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Tuesday, March 7, 2017



CACOPHONY

                    Leaf blowers and lawn mowers fill the air
                    With raucous sounds and hubbub to deplore
                    That keep my Muse at bay and cause despair
                    At this feindish mind-rattling uproar:
                    What is an ardent poet to do but cringe
                    When on his meditation sounds like these,
                    Such raucous cacophonics now impinge
                    Afflicting him with tremulous disease?
                    Nothing but pray that soon this blare abates
                    And finally his muddled mind may clear,
                    So what a poet dreams and contemplates
                    May come to view and a new verse appear.
                         Well now, at last, that raucousness has gone
                        And I may find fresh thoughts to ponder on.









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Sunday, March 5, 2017



A SILLY SENTENCE-SONNET

                  I’m ready now to summon up my Muse
                  In hopes she’ll scatter out before me clues,
                  As I throw nuts out to our backyard squirrels
                  Who then are chased by our two doggie girls,
                  And as I sit here listening to them squawk  
                  Atop a palm, proclaiming that a hawk
                  Or other predator is stalking them,
                  Which it is their sworn duty to condemn—
                  Though now tranquility returns, and I
                  Can ruminate and see what thoughts apply
                  Until a phrase occurs and patters on
                  In a pentameter not pale and wan
                       But zippy, like the squirrels that I’ve observed,
                       Who leave you fascinated, though unnerved.








Saturday, March 4, 2017



THE SOURCE OF PROVIDENCE

A Sentence Sonnet

                      So, here we are, alive on Earth, but not
                      Alone within this vasty universe,
                      No singularity, by a long shot,
                      But evidence of what it must disburse
                      Prolifically throughout infinity,
                      According to unfathomable design,
                      While we persist in searching for the key
                      That will unlock the treasure in this mine
                      Of Mind—the Source of Providence—
                      Revealing how and why all being arose
                      And, in the course of infinite eons, whence
                      It will proceed, and why such bounty flows:
                           Once entering the mind of God, we’ll see
                           How all this cosmic wonder’s come to be.









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Friday, March 3, 2017


ONLY THIS

                    What all our world’s religions aim to do
                    Is show us errant humans what’s above
                    The miseries we’ve made so much ado
                    About through all our history—that Love 
                    Is the sole guiding principle we must
                    Espouse if we’d transcend inveterate sin,
                    Misleading us toward anger, greed and lust
                    And other lethal ways we’ve wandered in
                    Not yet awakened to the highest joy,
                    A latency in our capacity
                   That guidance will allow us to deploy,
                   The blooming of supreme felicity—
                         For only love, encompassing the world,
                         Can save us now, in endless error hurled.









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FIELD DAY AT BALDWIN PARK



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