just another ex-jazz-musician/proto-rapper/Jersey-Irish-poet-actor/print-junkie/film-raptor/beat-hipster-"white Negro"-rhapsodizer/ex-hippie-punk-'60s-radical-organizer's take on all things cultural, political, spiritual & aggrandizing
Yes. Talk about putting things in perspective. We are but a fraction of a speck of dust within a larger speck of dust. And we are here for about as long as it takes a bubble to burst. When the bubble does burst, may our lives echo in laughter. Poof.
This is true, but what is also true, to me, is when Rilke says: "All this universe, to the furthest stars and beyond them, is your flesh, your fruit."
Wow, great comments. Thanks for the quote Robert.
Lal, thanks for that. A while back I watched some of the episodes of "Cosmos" streaming on Netflix. I had forgotten that it was first broadcast in 1980, so some of it is actually a bit dated (how far and fast we travel forward to land on Mars and probe the depths of the universe). Nevertheless, Carl Sagan always rings true, just as your post profoundly shows. The other thing I remembered was how much I missed Sagan when he died at age 62. Here's a bit of history regarding the Cosmos series."The series was first broadcast by the Public Broadcasting Service in 1980 and was the most widely watched series in the history of American public television until The Civil War (1990). As of 2009, it was still the most widely watched PBS series in the world. It won an Emmy and a Peabody Award and has since been broadcast in more than 60 countries and seen by over 500 million people. A book was also published to accompany the series."
Hi Michael: I wrote in an essay back in 94 treating some of your poetry and figure it's about time to send it your way. I've never forgotten you since the day you celebrated Clemente, Kerouac, and Dolphy in the same line, the trinity that has lit the way for your fellow Jersey Irishman for decades. Essay is called 'Clearing the Streets of the Catholic Lost Generation:' it had a nice run and turned up in collections now and then but I figured you'd likely not seen it. if you might send mailing address to me firstname.lastname@example.org I'll send it out. Thanks all the best and continued success to you, an inspiratio to me for over two decades. Jim Fisher
Thanks Tom for the info on Sagan. I think we all miss him. And Jim Fisher, I'm honored and will get in touch via email.
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