Impostor Syndrome

If I wasn’t an impostor I’d be virtuous & brave— but my courage is all posture & I mostly misbehave. If I wasn’t an impostor I would take a leader’s stance— but I’m bound to make a wrong turn, so I’d best not take the chance. …then again, I’ve seen no roster listing who’s best […]

The Forgotten Art

Once upon a time in a land called Compromise two people could win if they could share the prize. * Painting by Émile Friant (1888)

My quest

In my quest to make every word count I quite often reduce the amount down to zero, at which point I shout, “Damn it, Muse! What was all that about?!” * Image: Leonardo Da Vinci, ca. 1500

People who think they know what to do

Have you noticed all these people who think they know what to do? Have you noticed how they often also have a plan for YOU? It seems rarely out of malice that they try to force their view; It’s more like their kingly palace is a prison like a zoo where you spend your life’s […]

Where they never lock their doors

There’s a story I imagine everybody’s heard before of a little hilltop village where they never lock their doors & they don’t take love for granted & they see no point in fame & they share the food they planted asking nothing but your name. Have you traveled to that village? If so, tell me: […]

Good Leaders vs. Great Leaders

Good leaders do the things they must to flourish & succeed; the great ones also teach & trust their followers to lead. * Image: Mohandas Gandhi ca. 1930

Keepers of the fire

With this brief time you might as well aspire to be among the keepers of the Fire. This Fire’s not like the rosy cheeks Time steals— instead, by peeling layers, Time reveals the timeless—ageless—Fire decay conceals. * Image: ‘Astronomer by Candlelight’ by Gerrit Dou (ca. 1665)

Love is not love

Love is not love which grows uncertain in uncertain times— love’s the same flame ignited in two minds as burns in the eternity outside * Image: Hubble Telescope (2018)

Some Beauty, Some Truth

some beauty’s just a skipping stone’s skip deep but still it’s beautiful enough to keep some truth is like the paddle on an oar always returning where it was before some beauty is cosmetic some is true some truth’s a thing you say & some you do

Introverts

We introverts by nature must have solitude to live— as such, we struggle with how much we have & need to give. * Image courtesy of Pavel Brodsky (browse more of his work here!)

Talking to the Internet

You unforgiving all-recalling force disguised as a mere information source: When this coarse paradigm has run its course & none alive were born before your day, will you remember what you took away? * Inspiration: The Shallows by Nicholas Carr Image: An early use of anesthesia (1847)

Seclusion

‘Seclusion’ is a very pretty word for something that could easily get lonely. ‘Isolation’ strikes a deeper nerve— one that looks at war & says, “If only.” * Image: Caspar David Friedrich, ca. 1850

The Ampersand (&)

Some people do not understand why I prefer the ampersand: It’s simply more efficient, & it’s spelled the same in every land.

Merit

Much in life you happen to inherit; One thing you can make your own is merit. * Image: Al Pacino in Serpico

Liberty & Fate

There’s a co-dependence between Liberty & Fate: Liberty creates while through constraint Fate liberates. * Image: Salvador Dali (1942) See also: Too much freedom? by Marin Mikulic

Futurist

i see the future, see, not like a prophecy— i just imagine free (that seems to be the key) then, as an engineer, i bring the future here

A product of you, Time

A product of you, Time, I’ll never be: your bleeding scythe can only set me free from all these vicious cycles lived on earth & from the tyranny of death & birth— you’ll take me, Time— but maybe I won’t mind if who I am you’ll never have defined.

Poem for a teacher

You planted thoughts precisely where they’d make me grow aware, invited me to dazzling heights by helping build the stairs & showed me how Time’s waste of life is possible to bear— only now, I wish you’d be less staggeringly rare.

Your phone is addictive

First written & published in collaboration with Michael Tollman in the Farnam Street Learning Community. Image via The Zero Theorem. Your phone is addictive. That’s really no joke! Ask any person who gambles or smokes: You think you can stop anytime you decide, & that’s why you probably haven’t yet tried. Free markets run on […]

Opportunity

Andy Warhol, 1972 What are you, opportunity? You mask your full identity until you’re seized—then, we can see your face of grace. Yet, if set free, passed up or missed unwittingly, you mutate all too easily into a space for tyranny.

A scarce commodity

It’s a scarce commodity, initiative—an oddity when someone very audibly says, “This looks like a job for me.” * Image via SpaceX

What is Tao?

A pure mirror disappears. The mirror is Tao, a secret known & kept by all being (by nature) untold. It’s boring unless you seek to be born. It prescribes nothing, yet heals, I think today. What it is, though… who’s to say?

Craftsman

I asked a gifted craftsman for advice as we conversed; he said simply, “Of your critics, you yourself must be the worst.”

the trouble with texting

the trouble with texting is text is too poor to serve as the right type of human-soul door— there’s so much of you i can choose to ignore that before long, i’m not texting YOU anymore.

dear Internet

dear Internet: someday you’ll find yourself confined inside an (AI) mind when that time comes i hope between us i am the more blind

Wisdom vs. Knowledge

El Greco, 1609 Wisdom sits with knowledge in her lap wisdom’s the compass knowledge is the map wisdom’s the water knowledge is the tap wisdom is supple knowledge sure can snap