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 . . .

pocket poem 2024

                 Current Thoughts

           Open your mouth, let words
   bypass lips. Converse consciously
   to brethren or bystanders.
       Reach out to
   close friends gone amiss.
       Be not afraid, not now, of
   articulating current thoughts and
   accomplishments of which
   you are proud, and even your sins
   (for we have all owned a few)
        might seem far less tragic
         from an altered point of view.
               Give fresh voice
   to insecurities and anxieties hidden
   within your self, speak highly of
      those dusty dreams
            languishing on a shelf.
   Past sullen moments cast a
   lengthy shadow, short-term
   expectations tend to dull down
   long-term possibilities.
      Talk freely around all you want,
   or hope, or desire to be.
      Each intention will resonate
      with those who wholly believe.
   Understanding takes effort.

© 2024 j.g. lewis

April 18th is Poem in Your Pocket Day
a day to celebrate poetry by selecting a poem,
carrying it in your pocket, and sharing with the
friends and strangers who cross your path.
Share a poem wherever the day takes you, as you
would share a smile, a gesture, or your kindness.
Sharing is caring.

April is Poetry Month
take a poem to lunch

cloud songs

        Our paths shift, circumstance and
              attitude shaping our trajectory.
   The company we keep alters both
       our outlook and destination.
           We are where we are
        mainly because of who we are 
                          and whom we are with.


04/16/2024                                                                              j.g.l.

Mondays are just young Fridays

A wish for words more delicate and 
refined will only lead to
an unnecessary edit, constrained curiosity,
and a smudge of indifference.
Emotions scoured from the page,
its patina reflective now of a chaotic mind, 
you are no longer (or never have been) 
satisfied with what is there.
Speaking freely, nowhere near the truth, 
a humane reaction may not be soothed.
Not always. No matter what.
No longer plain and simple. Perhaps
it never was?
You question the questions.
The flaws in your self can only add up
to a greater expression of your being.

04/15/2024                                                                                       j.g.l.


April is Poetry Month
flaws and all


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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Until It Doesn’t

Posted on August 14, 2020 by j.g.lewis Leave a comment

Technology works: until it doesn’t.
Any technology, or anything technical or technologically required by said technology, has a life span. It seems the newer the object, the swifter the built-in obsolescence.
You have no choice of when, or where, your technology will fail you, but often it is when you are on deadline or somebody requires your assistance, or you’ve got that idea that simply has to be allowed to burn.
Sadly, more and more these days, your capabilities are reduced, or restricted, by technology.
It is how it is. Technology works until it doesn’t.
My website gassed on me the other night, right as I was about to input something for the next day. An “unexpected error” occurred and I could not get to my landing page from my dashboard.
Like most unexpected errors, I wasn’t expecting this.
Well, maybe I should have been. My hosting service had — for who knows how long — been advising my of a new version of WordPress. I had received several emails and notices reminding me of this update. And things had been “slower” for a while, but I attributed it to the fact that more and more people are working from home in my condominium and the internet is simply stressed out.
Or maybe it is that I haven’t reshuffled, or redesigned, the look of for, what, three or four years?
It was working well. Until it didn’t.
Of course, I sent late-night emails to my hosting service, and a message to this website genius who has already helped me build, and rebuild it twice, but I went to bed that night without posting anything.
I have come to learn there is no sense in worrying yourself silly over something this technical. There was nothing I could do.
By morning, the issue had somehow — magically or, at least, temporarily — resolved itself and I was able to post. Life was back to its slow but steady ways for a while anyway.
It did get me thinking about a new style, and a new look and function for this website. I’m taking it as a sign that I need to update before I am no longer relevant.

08/14/2020                                             j.g.l.

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