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LEISURE, HANNAH, DOES NOT AGREE WITH YOU (2), by Hannah Gamble / A Longhouse Birdhouse


                                                                     — After Catullus

My house disgusted me, so I slept in a tent.
My tent disgusted me, so I slept in the grass. The grass disgusted me,
so I slept in my body, which I strung like a hammock from two ropes.
My body disgusted me, so I carved myself out of it.

My use of knives disgusted me because it was an act of violence.
My weakness disgusted me because “Hannah” means “hammer.”
The meaning of my name disgusted me because I’d rather be known
as beautiful. My vanity disgusted me because I am a scholar.

My scholarship disgusted me because knowledge is empty.
My emptiness disgusted me because I wanted to be whole.
My wholeness would have disgusted me because to be whole
is to be smug. Still, I tried to understand wholeness

as the inclusiveness of all activities.: I walked out into the yard,
trying to vomit and drink milk simultaneously. I tried to sleep
while smoking a cigar. I have enough regrets to crack all the plumbing.
I’m whole only in that I’ve built my person from every thought I’ve ever loved.

Hannah Gamble
from Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast
(Fence Books, 2012)

A Longhouse Birdhouse

H. F. (Tom) Noyes on interdependence

Basho (and Blyth) considered interpenetration to be the ‘religious’ element in haiku  — the element of wholeness, rather than ‘holiness’ . . .  All of life at all times, if we could but see it, is interdependently arising, ever in flux and always meriting our attention.   – H.F. Noyes (1918 – 2010) ~ gratitude to Eric L Houck for sharing this quotation