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 . . .

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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Lines Tell
Posted on April 30, 2021 by j.g.lewisLeave a comment


It all begins with a line:

   architectural draft, letter or
prose, sketch, industrial design and
   computer code, email response and
one-page summation, dramatic script

        or nightclub flirtation.

             The lines we use.
                              We lay down
                        what we pick up
        if we cross that line.

Punch lines, unemployment line,
     headlines, help-lines,
            all that waiting
                                over time.

                    It is a process.

          As we age
     I see
around my eyes

laugh lines form creases, then
       wrinkles; then more.
    I am left with a face
       where lines tell my story

   like a poem.

                  Each line counts.

04/30/2021                                     j.g.l.


Poem in Your Pocket 2021
Posted on April 29, 2021 by j.g.lewisLeave a comment

A determined will to communicate or
gather thoughts of which to be reminded,
a pencil knows the way (or what to do)
with incessant demands made of you:
– appointments to be scheduled in
– excuses justified, however thin
– grocery lists (don’t forget the milk)
– rough sketch of the shed to be rebuilt
– Scrabble, golf (or musical) scores
– an admission to one you once adored
– notice of resignation to that nasty boss
– a note of condolence for a heartfelt loss
– overdue letter to a faraway friend
– this list itself will never end
Should you lack purpose, a humble pencil
provides gentle wisdom, abstract or direct
knowledge in all matters such.
Careful printing of complex instructions
or dashing off jumbled plans, a pencil
knows which direction to flow. Trust
in your hand; allow innermost thoughts
to follow its shady path.
Handwritten words forsaking time;
if ever you cannot find your pencil
I’ll gladly share one of mine.

© 2021 j.g. lewis

I’m like a pencil;
sometimes sharp,
most days
other times
dull or
occasionally broken,
Still, I write.
                      j.g. lewis

April 29th is Poem in Your Pocket Day, a day
to celebrate poetry by selecting a poem, carrying
it in your pocket, and sharing it with friends and
Share a poem wherever the day takes you.
Even in these continued days of physical distance,
loss of connection and self-isolation, you can still
share poetry and a smile.
Sharing is caring.

global warning
Posted on April 28, 2021 by j.g.lewisLeave a comment

© 2021 j.g. lewis