Life's filled with
beginnings and endings,
with sadness and happiness, and with
indifference. Change is
Kids grow up, people age out of existence, daffodils bloom and disappear. The world keeps turning and however much things seem to stay the same, everything changes. Not just for that idea that posits that you can never step into the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and you are not the same you. Also because things simply change. And that is the constant: change. Remember the fun days, the good things, the people you’ve met, and the people you’ve lost. Remember them fondly, but learn from all the experiences you lived through, to be able to embrace change.
It’s a bit like the iconic building in the picture. Once a power station, now it is the centre of a new vibrancy in the area it lives in.
What is one thing that has changed for the better for you?
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Poetics of life
Poetry is art, and there’s poetry in all the other arts. I saw an installation by artist duo A. A. Murakami at NFT Paris recently and loved how they manage to create art that bridges the gap between physical and digital, but also between ‘real life’ and the blockchain. The video above speaks of another project they have done, and it’s just intriguing, and calming, to watch.
Thanks to Raphy from Three Things Weekly, I found another source of awesome poetry. Jason McBride writes haiku, and illustrates them, They have a very strong observing power and a good dose of humor. This one is a great example. Also it gives you something to think about. Enjoy reading What does it mean to experience something:
Have you ever heard of asemic writing? It’s a very interesting concept. It means so much as writing in characters that have no agreed meaning. When you write an ‘a’, or a ‘b’, the language you write it in is the set of agreements that give that letter meaning, and the combinations you use it in. With asemic writing, that all does not exist. Still, you can find meaning in it. One very interesting poem I came across, which is written in the form of a manifesto, is this one by the poet, programmer and writer encapsuled, whose real name is Michelangelo. He has written code that creates the writing in such a way that it represents the meaning he wants to inject into it. An amazing process. The piece is titled Manifesto.
Have you ever learned how to really listen? Not just hear what others say, but actually listening to what they want to tell you with what they say? If we look around us, we can see that listening is not the norm these days. But I think it should be. This poem by Suzanne Kiera Anthony “is a bit about that, as she always says”. Enjoy reading THE ART OF LISTENING:
Really enjoy the listening section - this used to be so much more common than it is now. Lovely share and collection of thoughts, words and insights Arjan.
Thanks for the shout out Arjan!