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 . . .

Truth and Reconciliation

comes at a cost

those who have already paid

the process

takes time

takes even longer


In Canada, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day honours the Survivors of residential schools, the children who never returned home, and their families and communities.
Orange Shirt Day is an indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community inter- generational impacts of residential schools and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”.

09/30/2022                                                                            j.g.l.

Mondays are just young Fridays

Each morning, every morning, there is time to consider plans for the day, for the weeks, months, perhaps years ahead.
   Formulated in quiet thought, these goals might not be concrete, or complete, but they are personal reminders of what can be achieved over time.
   If I write them down they seem real; more than dreams and wishes. Maybe even more than I should ask for, or more than I am allowed?
   Only time will tell.

09/26/2022                                                                           j.g.l.


Comfort food,
as the temperature dips.


Restaurant special,
mom’s recipe or
make it up as you go.

Is there a better day
than today?

Be nourished.

Take the time
to enjoy.

Remember the leftovers.

09/23/2022                                                                    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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A Delightful Package

Posted on April 15, 2018 by j.g.lewis Leave a comment

I stumbled cross a wonderful book this week; its premise simple, transparent, and purposeful.
   The Poet’s Corner is a compilation of favorite poems assembled by actor John Lithgow, a life-long poetry lover and enthusiast. Subtitled The One-And-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family, the volume delivers more than it promises.
   So much poetic ground is covered between the covers: Blake, Ginsberg, Keats, Nash, Poe, Shakespeare; 50 poets presented in a fashion that will easily capture your attention and interest.
   There is no new work, and some of the poems you may know well but have not read in quite some time (it was Lear’s The Owl and the Pussy-Cat for me), but the presentation is unique, accessible, and sure to recharge your interest in poetry.
   Each of the selected poems provides a little history of the poet and the era or circumstance, Lithgow’s brief, yet effective commentary, and titles of a few other suggested poems by the writer.
   “My brief comments reflect what the poems have meant for me, but they speak far more resonantly for themselves,” Lithgow says in the introduction.
   The work is not presented in a scholarly tone, but from the viewpoint of a man who grew up listening to his grandmother and father recite poetry. This is the type of book you can pick up at any time and be drawn into the words, the stories and the rhythm of life.
   “Each poem’s light shines more brightly when read aloud,” Lithgow writes in the introduction, and with the book we are treated to a CD with the 50 poems read by the actor and his friends.
   Included are the voices of Glenn Close, Morgan Freeman, Jodie Foster, Helen Mirren, Gary Sinise, and even master poet Billy Connolly reading Lear and Lowell.
   This is a delightful package that will allow you to explore, discover and rediscover poetry, and all it can mean to you.
The Poet’s Corner,
The One-And-Only Poetry Book For the Whole Family, was published in 2007 by Grand Central Publishing and is well-worth searching out.

04/15/2018                                      j.g.l.

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