photo by Zalman Berkowitz
photo by Zalman Berkowitz

details like a scrap of paper

at a bus stop looking

closely a fortune cookie no cookie

“you are talented with your hands” thanks

the Gift and the Practice that

comes with it reminder:

talent alone won’t save us because Vigilance

and cookies are so delicious to my mind

sometimes Even talented

hands miss messages

like scraps of paper

through fingertips crunch

of sugar egg flour fortunes from

strangers we make marks always

before outcomes like

my heart now and the light

downtown sun rays golden filtered through silver clouds ground damp and cold cozy inside.

I wonder if the sun knows what

sunlight looks like to my eyes now

like gifts from strangers I am found reflecting

of course not, that’s impossible

like walking or breathing or life based on Carbon

smile thankful

there are muscles in the face that if you squeeze them right

they make you happy

how cool is that!


Fresh Paint “luminous beings…” Zalman Berkowitz

“luminous beings…” 18×24 acrylic on panel 2012 Zalman Berkowitz

Fresh Paint!

ah, I love this time, when the passed months’ paintings start rolling out.

So, the images/icons/ideas of Bruce Lee, and then O’ Sensei led me on to Yoda.

What is it about us, about our humanity that tells and re-tells the same stories? Maybe it is because it is our Collective story, our light and dark, challenges/obstacles and how we negotiate change that is of the most concern to us. We are each working through our individual explorations in life, and yet there are some themes we can relate too. That for me is the purpose of myth, of symbol: to create commonality of expression, to build consensus around our senses. You know, to find comfort in the fact that we are not the only One in this Human race. Hey, I was here, I Felt This Way. Makes some sense of this purposive journey towards Death and other inevitable changes.

whew. That was deep.

Link to the zG yoda post here

It’s a beautiful day in Seattle. I trust that Beauty finds you where you Be as well.



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