TRIUMPH OF SPIRIT IN LOVE, NATURE & ART

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JOY * PEACE * LOVE


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Welcome to samples of my writing and art work showcasing “Eye-locks and Other Fearsome Things.”  “Eye-locks” is a Bipolar/Asperger’s memoir in narrative form that describes the triumph of love over mental illness.


Leaves Falling


 

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Bontecou Lake in Autumn


Millbrook, New York

This landscape no longer exists. Cut down for hunters. 😢


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Khajuraho, Madya Pradesh, India at Sunset


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Happy Diwali! Street Market in Delhi, India


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Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India at Sunrise


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Khajuraho Temples at 6 A.M., Madhya Pradesh, India


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Septuagenarian Love


Waking to your touch
electric eels
massive
healing hands
without a glint
of sexuality
Waking to your smile
whispers sweetly
to my soul
like the first time
so long ago
on our first flight
together
when your arm
brushed against mine
and shook our worlds
out of their solitary
orbits and
sent us to the moon.

Your grey fluffy hair
sparkling silver threads
entices every time
I sniff your fragrance
and inhale the heavens
the warmth
of your cheeks
in our fleeting
embrace
I would it
would last forever
like our love

The smile lines etched
around your sky blues
alter the pulse
the course of my blood
and with each glance
reach for the stars
twinkling inside my head

The wrinkles in your cheeks
and your furrowed brow
pluck at the strings
inside my bosom
for I know the hard times
and worries that
engraved them on your face

On the doorway
to Orpheus
in pillowed embrace
your big hand
holds mine
and makes me
feel safe and loved
and little
as you drift off
leaving me wishing
for morning
to awaken once
more to you
fears tears
so long to wait
till morning

We are old
How did this happen?
and we are in love
more than ever
youthful passion gone
replaced by years of fidelity
affection, quarrels, laughing,
teasing, crying
always sharing, caring
yet attraction still stirs
and the years of together
have sewn our souls to one

Loss is inevitable
and unacceptable
In equal measure
The God I used to find
in nature
I now find in you
And the ecstasis
of gazing at the sky
now rests with the mystery
of you!!

Happy Birthday to the love of my lifetimes!! May your 70’s be healthy and happy and filled with ever blossoming love💖🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏💖


Animals in Khajuraho at 6 A.M.


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Street Food in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India


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Dog Kissing Statue of Ganesh, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India


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Hanging Out on the Street Corner, Palayam (Old Market of Calicut), Kerala, India


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Tyranny of Mind


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4AM
and you a warm lump
under the covers
of Morpheus

Me wide awake
eyes moist with tears
I write
lest I forget
the vulnerability of you
yesterday

lest one day
you ARE no longer
a day of dread
so locked into desire
for your presence am I
fearful of the future
lest it tears me from you
or you from me

Not yet awake

to the wisdom
of the sages and the ages
to live forever in the present

“Until death do us part”

The import of those words
have begun to resound
with a fierce vengeance
now decades later

The treasure of you
multiplies like the loaves and fishes

I fear a famine
not of food
but of your presence

I try to hold each wrinkled emotion
on your face
in a forever place
lest you be torn from me

The specter of loss
hangs over me

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Street Food Stand, Delhi, India


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Twinkling Twilight


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As twilight falls, as we approach August, the little sparks of light appear nightly– fireflies, lightning bugs, glow worms, whatever one chooses to call them.  They start early in July– one sees a few sparks here and there but as July draws to a close, twilights dawn with a display of tiny fireworks.  Why do they hold such fascination for young and old alike?  Why do they bring us such a sense of wonder as they flicker on and off in some rhythm unknown to us but titillating in their communication with each other?

Of course I remember, like everyone else, catching fireflies.   It was a ritual my Sicilian grandfather reenacted with me every summer.  Grandma would save me a peanut butter jar, nicely washed with little holes in the top she made with an old-fashioned can opener.  Grandpa and I would go out for an after-dinner walk, a treat…

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Selling Vegetables at Khajuraho Spice Market, Madhya Pradesh, India


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Wholesale Market In Early Morning at Palayam (Old Market of Calicut), Kerala, India


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Retail Market in Early Evening at Palayam (Old Market of Calicut), Kerala, India

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Tuk-tuks and Cow, Delhi, India


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A Juice Bar, Sultain Batheri, Kerala, India


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Lucky Center and Sweet Shops, Palayam (Old Market of Calicut), Kerala, India


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Happy Shopkeeper, Palayam, Old Market of Calicut, Kerala, India


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Speech in the Marketplace, Alleppey Town, Kerala, India


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A Quiet Moment in the Alleppey Town Market, Kerala, India

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Spices for Sale at the Khajuraho Farmer’s Market, Kerala, India


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Sweet Street at Twilight, Kerala, India


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