Mythos & Marginalia

life notes; flaws and all

j.g. lewis

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a daily breath...

A thought du jour, my daily breath includes collected and conceived observations, questions of life, fortune cookie philosophies, reminders, messages of peace and simplicity, unsolicited advice, inspirations, quotes and words that got me thinking. They may get you thinking too . . .

it was so

     scarcely we remember
       humble beginnings

   the when
                the where

     not consequential

   the why
                     however
        a true miracle

     for a time
     it was so

                 until it wasn’t

there are no humble endings

     but we are humbled
     by even its existence

08/12/2022                                                                                             j.g.l.

communication

Sadly, our voice
is not always
strong, or not always
there ,when it
is needed.

It is hard to know
what to say, or
how to say it,
so often we
remain silent.

Silence stops the
process of
communication,
but it does not
stop the thoughts.

08/09/2022                                                                                   j.g.l.

Mondays are just young Fridays

A sign I’ve been glancing at, daily, since I noticed it a week back at a regular coffee stop where I try to begin my day with a dark roast cup of bravery.
   I try to take the time, every morning, to scribble out my current considerations, deliberations, and contemplations on images and memories that have come to me in my dreams and in reality.
   If your first meal of the day is the most important, shouldn’t your first thoughts be as well?
   Take time to write them down. It’s important. What you are thinking affects how you continue to navigate your self through the coming hours or weeks.
   “The bravest thing you can be is yourself.”
   How much courage is required to make it through the remainder of the day? Is a single cup of coffee enough to provide the fortitude required to step further into the day?
   It’s a good start.

08/08/2022                                                                                         j.g.l.

I'm like a pencil;
sometimes sharp,
most days
well-rounded,
other times
dull or
occasionally
broken.
Still I write.

j.g. lewis
is a writer/photographer in Toronto.

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Another Day

Posted on June 17, 2017 by j.g.lewis // 1 Comment

Desiderata coffee mug
resting within reach.
Another day. Dashboard Jesus
looks out
across the 401.
Morning commute rarely fun.
GOD IS MY COPILOT
bumper sticker
signaling codependency required
to deal with the reality
of commuter traffic or life
in general. GO PLACIDLY
AMID THE NOISE AND HASTE
A need
to get to work
to get out
from under the weight of debt
and delusion. STRIVE TO BE HAPPY
Gas gauge shows empty. Faith tested
each turn of the way.
Luck is not something ever
to be counted on. YOU
ARE A CHILD OF THE UNIVERSE
Slave to a mortgage. Another day.
Another
baby on the way,
another car seat to take up space
in the rusted-out minivan.
SPEAK YOUR TRUTH QUIETLY
AND CLEARLY Who is listening
to the lachrymose fragility
of a man crumbling from the inside,
prone to depression and
insolvent insecurity. FOR ALWAYS
THERE WILL BE GREATER AND
LESSER PERSONS
THAN YOURSELF
Another day. A sense of dissatisfaction,
a failed duty to his Father,
his family, and hiding it all behind
the Holy book and a promise
MANY FEARS ARE BORN OF FATIGUE
AND LONELINESS He is tired of
not feeling the wealth
of spirit or enough love
for himself, let alone
the Lord. THEREFORE
BE AT PEACE WITH GOD
WHATEVER YOU CONCEIVE HIM TO BE
AND WHATEVER YOUR LABORS AND
INSPIRATIONS. Pray for the strength
to make it through
another day.

©2017 j.g. lewis

The deepest bow to Max Ehrman and his beautiful Desiderata, evermore prose that reminds and inspires.
And yes, I borrowed freely. Deep peace.

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