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
        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.


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
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
other times
dull or
Still I write.

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

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Clearly Understood

Posted on January 20, 2019 by j.g.lewis Leave a comment

If I were organized, or if I were to try and become organized, I would bookend my ever-expanding poetry collection with Mary Oliver and Billy Collins.
  Each poet, each of them American (coincidently), represents dedication to the craft of poetry.
  Both poets present captivating, assessable, relevant words that confront and comfort life in a manner we can all understand.
  Few poets can consistently capture a range of emotion without overstepping the bounds.
  Oliver died this week from lymphoma. There was an immediate sadness felt world-wide, and expressed so openly on social and traditional media, in coffee shops and bookstores.
  The Pulitzer prize-winning writer was, indeed, among my favorites, and will remain such. She now becomes one of those dead poets we will read a little deeper as she has gone from reminding us of the times we live in, to being a reminder.
  There is history in poetry, a truth and accuracy you don’t find in encyclopedias.
  Oliver’s skill was obvious and incomparable, though I can’t help but measure her words to other writers that totally capture my imagination.
  Oliver wrote poems more emotionally resplendent than Emily Dickinson, with the breadth of situation and circumstance of Dorianne Laux, though more diligently compact. Her obvious respect for nature was of the magnitude of William Wordsworth. Wordsworth wrote as he saw; Oliver, how she felt.
  Mary Oliver wrote as she lived, and she lived for us all.
  We have been blessed.

01/20/2019                                               j.g.l.

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