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noise & silence: Winter Prayers

Winter Prayers


  1. Prime: Walking to Work

Icicles that trapped the crow’s voice for weeks

have melted to nothing.

Two crows exchange oaks, scan the horizon.

Their eyes promise a night without stars.

  1. Sext: Cleaning the Grill

My god is a half-filled cup of cold coffee.

If I call home, will I answer the phone?

My god is a buzzing fluorescent light.

If I answer, what will I say?

My god is a rag of meat grease.

Will I tell myself anything that might help?

My god is the sound of a refrigerator, humming.

I hang up before it’s too late.

III.   Terce: Running the Cash Register

All the students are happy, talking,

heading home for Christmas.

Some won’t make it back, will find themselves

years from now on a freeway ramp

south of Chicago, watching snow fall, nothing

but snow in their pockets.

Crows will follow them wherever they go.

  1. None: Heading to the Bank

An old man steps carefully down the ice-sidewalk.

His skinny, brittle legs know

that everything in his briefcase doesn’t matter.

How do I know he won’t make it through the winter?

  1. Vespers: Walking Home

Another year ends

and what have I accomplished?

A solitary crow follows me home

with his stone-breaking call.

Old bread and bottles wash up from melting snow.

The bitter last meal of those

who believe you can always start over.

If you can, you’re an endless beginner.

If you can’t, you’re an endless fool.

  1. Nocturns: Four AM

Orange light through fog.

Streets quiet as blood

through the veins.


– Christien Gholson

Source: noise & silence: Winter Prayers

Making Tea and Life at the 23.5 degree tilt of the Earth | FOP

digital camera obscura of summer solstice tea ceremony, 6:07am EDT, June 21, 002018, all images this post FOP 002018

On June 21, 002018 smudge studio held a tea ceremony at Head of the Meadow beach in Truro, Massachusetts. The ceremony coincided with the moment of summer solstice at 6:07 a.m. EDT, 5:07 a.m. “sun time.” Ceremonial tea (matcha) was whisked.

With significantly less use of electric lights and devices, other rhythms surfaced for us. We took special notice of how plants, light, temperature, other creatures are deeply attuned to the day/night cycle. The effects and interconnections of their different attunements are deep, evolutionary, material realities. Yet, we realized we’ve been missing most of this. By staying up long after dark, and waking up long after daylight arrives, the lived experience of the transition into and out of night, and all that it commands, is truncated. It’s typical for most humans to wake into and go to sleep out of a world/reality filled to the brim with human-centered concerns, awarenesses, and thoughts. The sense that human existence is the biggest force/reality at play easily takes center stage.

And yet, by exposing our bodies and minds to the transition of day into night, and night into day, spin after spin, we quickly realized that this daily transformation is actually much vaster and enduring than us. Over billions of years, lifeforms that led to we humans literally evolved out of and in response to the continuously moving, angled “line” of day/night. Its rhythms and effects are deeply embedded within us and play out as “us.” Our bodies and brains, eyes, cells, blood, gut bacteria, are ruled by circadian rhythms that we must live by, or else live out the consequences of futile attempts to deny them (see Foster and Krietzman’s 2005, Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks that Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing for details on the human illnesses that result from attempts to override a human body’s biological “clock”).  – FOP

Source: Making Tea and Life at the 23.5 degree tilt of the Earth | FOP