From The First


From The First (Randyjw; July 30, 2018)


I can understand

Why man tries in good measure

to sublimate the senses

from the experiences of their pleasures

For in abundance

there is a deadening

an insatiable hunger

jaded and desensitizing

I, myself,

am a simple woman

A shout-it-from-the-rooftops

type of person

I often wonder

Could we be together

without needing to talk,


To be content


On our walk


I think I could

And I think I could


since G-d made two of the one

both the trumpeter- –

and the mute- – swan

But your wanderlust

and your creativeness

might dim

And all swans must take

to the wing

But they always

have a reckoning

And a remembering

of Gan Eden





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17 responses to “From The First

  1. For me, this expresses thoughtfully the transience, not of worldly things, but of our own feelings, of our own self. There is an ancient Buddhist wheel of life which shows six realms of being. We travel endlessly around the wheel, even leaving the heavenly realm because of this impermanence. That’s the idea anyway.

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    • It’s interesting how humanity grapples with… humanity. Not sure if I’ve come across the Buddhist wheel, but I’ll have to check it out.

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      • It is. I attended a series of talks on the wheel. With a little interpretation, you can see it completely apart from any religion, and like a clock face, work out where you are any particular day.

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        • That’s really interesting. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks, Steve.

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        • I did check it out. It’s amazing that sources like Wikipedia, and others, can syncretize these beliefs into neat, tidy packages like that. Judaism is so huge and hard to pinpoint, per se, that it’s more of a lifestyle than an easily-definable dogma. I really liked that the Buddhist Wheel of Life gives these concrete types of examples of responsibility for one’s actions and accountability in Life — the consequences — as to what should happen, cause and effect, if you do one thing, and what you think should be the consequential results of your actions. This is basically the whole of life boiled down to a nutshell. I wish I would have had this truly emphasized, and would have understood the true MEANING of cause-and-effect, growing up; to realize that we do not live in a vacuum and that for every action, there is a reaction, etc. How profound. Like lost and found. (Had to do a little rhyme). Wow.

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          • Me either, when I was young, and yes, that’s a fundamental Buddhist thing that I’ve found very useful. One thing that impressed me early on was him saying (paraphrasing) “Yeah try it, if it doesn’t work for you, give it a miss.” I pick and choose, I’m not interested in all the mystical stuff (a lot of which was probably added later anyway), but the practical life advice (with meditation) which has definitely worked for me.

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  2. This set me thinking. I might just read it again. I like it. It’s very philosophical taking into account the psychology of man.

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    • It is a weirdly strange amalgamation of all kinds of thoughts running through my head. I only just, this very moment in writing to you, came up with the coalescing denominator — silence — which united all these thoughts. I guess I must have had that in mind when I wrote it, but forgot about it til now. The beginning is about Islam, and the domineering aspects of it in terms of being a woman; the second was in pondering why so many people in this forum ask silence and quietude of others, as if that is their right to do, while others cannot express? What? But, also, how it might be to just not have to speak and to have a relationship where only body language (smiles, eyes, etc.) can be used. This, so as not to destroy a perfectly imaginative relationship with reality, and the fear of whether one would be found to lack in charisma or attractiveness as a human being to another, after all…; And the third section just gets into Israel, the Garden of Eden, G-d, Judgement?

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  3. I guess I’m just trying to put two ways of being out there; and who’s to say which is the better? Are we better off living in sheltered ignorance, which can give a sense of bliss — or, are we better off being more cosmopolitan, exploring culture/s? I remember being what’s called in our down-home lingo, a “townie,” which is basically someone who’s never ventured very far outside of their basic hometown, and so has a small-town mindset. The term was used in one of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s movies, I think. It might’ve been Good Will Hunting (which I never saw). I think a girl friend and I might’ve met those two in Boston at the Wharf, one New Year’s eve, and spoke with them for a bit, before they became actors and/or famous (and they were very nice, by the way). I never asked my friend to verify; I’m not sure she’d remember at this point. Anyways, in later life, I travelled and extended my horizons, meeting people of all cultures and from different places, and seeing more, reading more, more museums and art, etc. It’s all very expansive and nice and all, but I grieve the loss of innocence (or ignorance, I guess). I can’t say I’m worse for it, though. Probably better. But, it is exactly like that moment when Adam and Chava’s eyes were opened after eating the forbidden fruit, which G-d told them not to eat. Like the serpent explained, their eyes were opened and they “became like G-ds,” knowing of good and evil, etc. It is like when we are an innocent child. We are unaware of any concept called “nakedness,” and, indeed, feel no shame at being in this state, for we have not matured to the point of recognizing the concept of nakedness as being different from being clothed. In that moment, we lose our innocence. This is how it had been for Adam and Chava — a state of blissful ignorance — before their eyes were opened by their act of disobedience. It is probably just as rewarding to experience this other state and to suffer its consequences, as well — at least from a human experience. Can we look forward to being in a state of bliss in ignorance? Well, I think we can do that, too. I am basically a simple person and exult in the simple pleasures — of just “being.” I tend to get annoyed by sensory overstimulation, and sometimes wonder if I’m a high-functioning autistic person, because I see a lot of those same symptoms in myself — but I then say, “Naahh; I don’t think so…” But, I also look for heightened explorations and experiences, as well… and that does tend to be a never-ending hedonistic endeavor, needing deeper and deeper realization, to the point of desensitizing. There’s some poetry in that last bit; perhaps I’ll get that written.


  4. Sorry for a delayed comment, Rachel, but this is so beautiful and so insightful!

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