Big Data: Precious Oil . . . .


I heard the news today about Zuckerburg’s apology. It seems he is being judged guilty by people of all stripes and walks of life. I’m not a pollyanna: I don’t believe the world will ever live in peace, harmony, and unity. But it isn’t a bad thing to hope and pray for it. There is a lot to be said about the prayers of a righteous person in the Book of James.

Anyway, the whole mess inspired a new haiku. I hope you enjoy Big Data: Precious Oil . . . .

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Once In a Half-Baked Moon

You may be one who knows the history behind  “The Ides of March,” and you may even be one who is superstitious about it. I’m fascinated by it, and I enjoy learning new things about the moon and the ancient lunar calendar, but I hold no superstitions. Did you know that we have two full moons in March? You can learn a lot of cool factoids about the moon by watching this video by Dave Brody on Science.com.

My head has been swimming with The Ides of March, the moon phases, and other fabulous events this month, all of which have inspired me to write a prose poem titled “Once In a Half-Baked Moon.” I hope you enjoy it.

-dbl

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Aquellos Ojos Verdes

Happy Birthday, Dawn! I’m so grateful for you on so many levels. You are truly the best woman God could have found for me! I hope you have a fabulous birthday and many more to come.

You have your own song, Green Eyes, which Cold Play dedicated to you. And now you have your own haiku, a tribute to your beauty and your life. The Lord blessed this broken world with your kindness and generosity. I’m certain that everybody who knows you would agree. I hope you enjoy “Aquellos Ojos Verdes.” And again, happy birthday, my love!

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I Want to Give You Something

I was introduced to Arturo Montero Vega in a poetry translation course at Webster University in 1998. Vega was born in Costa Rica in 1924, and I have found it difficult to find much online information about him.

In one academic online document, Vega is lumped under the following terms: An “avant-garde” poet of the first (bifurcated) generation, born between 1917 and 1927. “In thematic terms, these generations deal with re-linked with the longing for communication, the dissolution of meaning and the condition of being before the world” (Web, 5 January 2018). 

I was drawn tho Vega’s “Quierro Darte” in college and I gave this poem my best translation effort here. I hope you enjoy my translation, which is ultimately, hopefully, close to the sound and sense Arturo Montero Vega was attempting to convey to us.

I want to Give You

(Translation of Arturo Montero Vega’s “Quiero Darte” by Donald Lindsey)

I want to give you something,
a heroic act,
a squeeze of the hand.
I want to give you the leaves of your body,
the wood of your soul,
the bread of your table.
I want to give you a smile,
a gesture,
anything at all.

© by  Donald Lindsey

(May 18, 1998) All Rights Reserved

 

Continue to see Vega’s “Quiero Darte.”

 

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3rd Day of Christmas: Feast of Holy Innocents


Who was this ghastly king, and what were his infamous deeds? Herod the Great was a convert to Judaism. He was a prefect of the Roman Empire, a tyrant, a brilliant politician, and a murderous villain. He accomplished some spectacular building projects, including an expansion of the second temple in Jerusalem. Among the victims of his murderous carnage, he killed his wife, his brother, and two of his sisters’ husbands, but what is his enduring legacy in the Holy Scriptures?

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