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29 November 2003

::today
sunrise : 7.17am
sunset : 4.40pm
moonrise : 12.41pm
moonset : 11.04pm
moonphase: waxing crescent..5 days

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They Are All Children

They are all children when they sleep.
There is no war in them.
They open their hands and breathe
in the slow rhythm given to humans by heaven.

Whether soldiers, statesmen, servants, or masters
they purse their lips like small children
and they all half-open their hands.
Stars stand watch then and the arch of the sky is hazed over
for a few hours when no one will harm another.

If only we could talk with each other then,
when hearts are like half-open flowers.
Words would push their way in
like golden bees.

-God, teach me sleep's language.


~Rolf Jacobsen
translated by Glenn Storhaug


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28 November 2003

::today
sunrise : 7.16am
sunset : 4.40pm
moonrise : 12.09pm
moonset : 9.52pm
moonphase: waxing crescent..5 days

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Initiation Song from the Finders' Lodge

Please bring strange things.
Please come bringing new things.
Let very old things come into your hands.
Let what you do not know come into your eyes.
Let desert sand harden your feet.
Let the arch of your feet be the mountains.
Let the paths of your fingertips be your maps
and the ways you go be the lines on your palms.
Let there be deep snow in your inbreathing
and your outbreath be the shining of ice.
May your mouth contain the shapes of strange words.
May you smell food cooking you have not eaten.
May the spring of a foreign river be your navel.
May your soul be at home where there are no houses.
Walk carefully, well loved one,
walk mindfully, well loved one,
walk fearlessly, well loved one.
Return with us, return to us,
be always coming home.


~Ursula LeGuin

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27 November 2003

::today
sunrise : 7.15am
sunset : 4.41pm
moonrise : 11.48am
moonset ; 8.42pm
moonphase: waxing crescent..4 days

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Jamaican Market

Honey, pepper, leaf-green limes
Pagan fruit whose names are rhymes,
Mangoes, breadfruit, ginger-roots,
Granadillas, bamboo shoots.
Cho-cho, ackees, tangerines,
Lemons, purple Congo-beans,
Sugar, okras, kola-nuts,
Citrons, hairy cocoanuts,
Fish, tobacco, native hats,
Gold bananas, woven mats,
Plantains, wild-thyme, pallid leeks,
Pigeons with their scarlet beaks,
Oranges and saffron yams,
Baskets, ruby guava jams,
Turtles, goat-skins, cinnamon,
Allspice, conch-shells, golden rum.
Black skins, babel - - and the sun
That burns all colors into one.


~Agnes Maxwell-Hall

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26 November 2003

::today
sunrise : 7.14am
sunset : 4.41pm
moonrise : 10.35am
moonset ; 7.29pm
moonphase: waxing crescent..2 days

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The Clay Jug

Inside this clay jug there are canyons and pine mountains,
and the maker of canyons and pine mountains!
All seven oceans are inside, and hundreds of millions of stars.
The acid that tests gold is there, and the one who judges jewels.
And the music from the strings no one touches, and the source
Of all water.
If you want the truth, I will tell you the truth:
Friend, listen:
the God whom I love is inside.

~Kabir

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25 November 2003

::today
sunrise : 7.13am
sunset : 4.42pm
moonrise : 9.29am
moonset ; 6.22pm
moonphase: waxing crescent..1 day

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Evening

The sky puts on the darkening blue coat
held for it by a row of ancient trees;
you watch: and the lands grow distant in your sight,
one journeying to heaven, one that falls;

and leave you, not at home in either one,
not quite so still and dark as the darkened houses,
not calling to eternity with the passion of what becomes
a star each night, and rises;

and leave you (inexpressibly to unravel)
your life, with its immensity and fear,
so that, now bounded, now immeasurable,
it is alternately stone in you and star.

~Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Stephen Mitchell

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24 November 2003

::today
sunrise : 7.11am
sunset : 4.42pm
moonrise : 8.11am
moonset : 5.24pm
moonphase: waxing crescent..0 days

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The stars stand around me
Like gold eyes, I can no longer
Tell where I begin and leave off.
The faint breeze in the dark pines,
And the invisible grass,
The tipping earth, the swarming stars
Have an eye that sees itself.


from The Heart of Herakles
~Kenneth Rexroth

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23 November 2003

::today
sunrise : 7.10am
sunset : 4.43pm
moonrise : 6.48am
moonset ; 4.38pm
moonphase: new moon


22 November 2003

::today
sunrise : 7.09am
sunset : 4.43pm
moonrise : 5.25am
moonset ; 4.02pm
moonphase: waning crescent..28 days

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Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.


~ Mary Oliver

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21 November 2003

::today
sunrise : 7.08am
sunset : 4.47pm
moonrise : 4.06am
moonset : 3.28pm
moonphase: waning crescent..27 days
 
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The Avowal

As swimmers dare
to lie face to the sky
and water bears them,
as hawks rest upon air
and air sustains them,
so I would learn to attain
freefall and float
into Creator Spirit's deep embrace,
knowing no effort earns
that all surrounding grace.

~ Denise Levertov

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20 November 2003

today
sunrise : 7.07am
sunset : 4.45pm
moonrise : 2.50am
moonset ; 3.02pm
moonphase: waning crescent..26 days


Song of the Sky Loom

Oh our Mother the Earth, Oh our Father the Sky,
Your children are we, and with tired backs
We bring you the gifts that you love
Then weave for us a garment of brightness;

May the warp be the white light of morning,
May the weft be the red light of evening,
May the fringes be the falling rain,
May the border be the standing rainbow.

Thus weave for us a garment of brightness
That we may walk fittingly where birds sing,
That we may walk fittingly where grass is green,
Oh our Mother the Earth, Oh our Father the Sky.

Tewa Pueblo Prayer



19 November 2003

::today

sun rise..7.05 am
sun set.. 4.46 pm
moon rise.. 1.36am
moon set.. 2.38 pm
moon phase.. waning crescent



18 November 2003

::today

sun rise..7.04 am
sun set.. 4.46 pm
moon rise.. 12.25 am
moon set.. 2.15 pm
moon phase.. waning crescent
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