I keep a folder where I store things I come across and I like. Here are a few of the items from that grab bag.
First, two poems:
--from Maya Angelou's And I Still Rise, published in 2011 when she was 83.
In an interview with John Graham (Conversations with Richard Wilbur, 1990) Wilbur said this poem concerns someone giving advice to someone else about how to get to sleep. The first line, “As a queen sits down, knowing that a chair will be there,” provides an image of the confidence with which a person should enter the land of dreams.
It reminds me of my recent post about dealing with insomnia without pills. Another possible way of understanding the poem is to see “sleep” as a metaphor for death, and the journey as the process of dying. That, too, is a subject we've addressed in this blog.
That first stanza also describes how I feel when I begin mindfulness meditation.
For the full text of the poem, click here.
Next, two videos:
Here Jon Stewart interviews George Takei, the subject of the documentary To Be Takei in which George describes spending part of his childhood in one of the Japanese-American internment camps established to remove these U.S. citizens from California. I'd forgotten that Earl Warren led the effort to legislate this dark chapter in U.S. history before he became Governor of California and Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.