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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We Wait
Posted on June 3, 2023 by j.g.lewisLeave a comment

Undetermined hesitancy,

well past procrastination, yet far less than wasting time.

Waiting is less a function and more of a state.

It is not stillness; for that to occur the mind must settle, not

impervious, but free to allow thoughts in. And out.

Then become silence.

We, then, are waiting, knowing time will tick on anyway.

If we can stop even for a moment, to simply breathe,

we can find perspective.

It is searching for something meaningful

from something meaningless.

We seek further meaning,

knowing our lives are deeper than our pockets.

We understand there is greater nutrition in a shared meal,

that Friday will arrive each week, and a bicycle and a car

each have a purpose.

We wait; believing home has nothing to do with boundaries.

For our past to catch up with our ever-present worry, for

today to be the gift we were told it would be,

the future must unfold as it should.

In searching for this equilibrium,

have we become stuck in the balance?

Our mind is occupied.


We know there are people, who miss us as we miss them,

and we wait in one space thinking that one person may find us.

Waiting may be a reminder

they are not coming.

As we wait, we attempt to determine if

our response is an action, or a reaction.

We know inaction.

© 2019 j.g. lewis





look forward
Posted on June 2, 2023 by j.g.lewisLeave a comment

The Tulips at St. James Park have run their course, the bulbs dug up and stored away until planting this fall.
    Right now it is just dirt, but I can feel potential.
    In the coming days, gardeners will fill the plant beds with a fresh crop of flowers to see us through the summer. I am anticipating beautiful things.
    Over the past couple of years, St. James Park has become a regular part of my landscape. It began during the COVID lockdown when I found myself passing through the park on my daily walks around downtown Toronto. It was more than a habit.
    The park became an oasis in my day; comfort within the concrete of the city. The shade of the magnificent trees always gave me a reason to stop.
    Sometimes I would sketch the flowers and trees, write a poem when the muse called out, or simply spend time with my journal or my camera.
    Some days I would just sit, as I did yesterday and the day before. Some days you only have to listen or look around.
    Yesterday, I noticed the water has been turned on in the bird bath after a two-year absence. It’s not quite a fountain but I know I’ll find myself, at some point, wasting time with my camera and capturing birds as they refresh themselves in the heat of the day.
    I look forward to it; time well-wasted is good for the soul. It’s always nice to have a place where there is the potential to do just that.

06/02/2023                                                                                                                   j.g.l.

Posted on June 1, 2023 by j.g.lewisLeave a comment


just for a moment 

wherever you are


look around

be present


take the time

a moment or two

don’t think

(or overthink)

simply be


you should do this more often

06/02/2021                                                                                  j.g.l.