Friday, November 26, 2010

beyond the ego. The sense of other shipwrecks



Something to think about while doing the laundry:

Perusing my favourite blogs of late, one theme seems constant.

Going hither and thither, suffering damnably, but always returning to self.
But there is somehow redemption for all that travail. We come to realize that only through trouble, much trouble that we find ouselves. And the reality of others, and their trouble as well.

It may be the source of a smile to republish a poem I had put into a page of my college magazine while myself still in my twenties.

Has one really come a long way...baby?


Ego
By Ivan Prokopchuk

Through the labyrinth of soul
I crawl
U p through the maze
Down to the dregs
And sideways, left, right
But always returning to centre.
Ego centre.

18 comments:

Mona said...

Like the W B Yeats Gyers.
Centripetal to centrifugal and vice versa...

Marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Mona,

Certainly this era, where we all seem to be drawn in, coccooning.

Charles Gramlich said...

Great poem. That rooster has seen better days though.

ivan@creaivewriting.ca said...

It's hard to crow like a rooster, when...

benjibopper said...

I think I kinda fell over today. To the left. Need to get my inner ear checked.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

:)

Donnetta Lee said...

Ivan: Self. Sometimes slightly off center. D

ivan said...

A smile again. :)

Yep. Sometimes we get into silly moods.

Makes me think of that old Fifties Confucious joke:

Man who make love on hillside not on level.

Erik Donald France said...

Chuckles added to smile.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Erik,

I just had to use that corny Confucious chesnut. :)

ivan said...

Reference to Canada's Old Age Security:

We got $3.11 extra on the Nov OAP. That will buy a loaf of bread. Even if you only eat 1 slice a day, it wont last a
whole month!! Remember this when you cast your ballot both federally and provincially – both should be coming up
soon - (just how soon ??)
As a raise last year, seniors got 2/5th of 1% on their Canada Pension and 0% on the Old Age Security. This won't even
scratch the raise in taxes that McGuinty levied, what Premier Campbell's doing in B.C with the 12% HST and other
user fees. We're "broke" & can't help our own seniors, Homeless, Veterans, Orphans, etc.????? This is so pathetically
true... in the last months we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile, and Turkey. Now Pakistan, the same people that will turn
around and build the I.E.D.'s that kills our troops. Also another boat load of refugees has arrived from Sri Lanka that
will get aid that should go to the CANADIAN people that have worked all their lives to make this the country it is today
Our retired seniors living on fixed income receive no aid while our government and religious organizations pour hundreds
of millions of dollars and tons of food to foreign countries. We have hundreds of adoptable children who are shoved aside
to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans. Why are so many CANADIAN citizens, and the CANADIAN
government, so star struck they won't provide for our own?

CANADA: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed without eating, elderly going
without needed meds, and mentally ill without treatment - yet we have a benefit for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations,
ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents, clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies. Imagine if we gave ourselves
the same support that we gave all of these other countries. I feel bad for them, but I also care about CANADA and our seniors
who developed this great country, only to be forgotten.

Sad isn't it?

It is probable up to 99% of people won't have the guts to forward this. I'm not one of them..... How about you??

A lucky man has three friends. A wise man knows who they are.

--Submitted by Eric Mercer

ivan said...

Reference to Canada's Old Age Security:

We got $3.11 extra on the Nov OAP. That will buy a loaf of bread. Even if you only eat 1 slice a day, it wont last a
whole month!! Remember this when you cast your ballot both federally and provincially – both should be coming up
soon - (just how soon ??)
As a raise last year, seniors got 2/5th of 1% on their Canada Pension and 0% on the Old Age Security. This won't even
scratch the raise in taxes that McGuinty levied, what Premier Campbell's doing in B.C with the 12% HST and other
user fees. We're "broke" & can't help our own seniors, Homeless, Veterans, Orphans, etc.????? This is so pathetically
true... in the last months we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile, and Turkey. Now Pakistan, the same people that will turn
around and build the I.E.D.'s that kills our troops. Also another boat load of refugees has arrived from Sri Lanka that
will get aid that should go to the CANADIAN people that have worked all their lives to make this the country it is today
Our retired seniors living on fixed income receive no aid while our government and religious organizations pour hundreds
of millions of dollars and tons of food to foreign countries. We have hundreds of adoptable children who are shoved aside
to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans. Why are so many CANADIAN citizens, and the CANADIAN
government, so star struck they won't provide for our own?

CANADA: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed without eating, elderly going
without needed meds, and mentally ill without treatment - yet we have a benefit for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations,
ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents, clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies. Imagine if we gave ourselves
the same support that we gave all of these other countries. I feel bad for them, but I also care about CANADA and our seniors
who developed this great country, only to be forgotten.

Sad isn't it?

It is probable up to 99% of people won't have the guts to forward this. I'm not one of them..... How about you??

A lucky man has three friends. A wise man knows who they are.

--Submitted by Eric Mercer

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Diaglogue between Clarence Mercer and Les Mercer follows:

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone- This is disgraceful for all the people on pensions. I am currently getting ready to go to McDonalds for my morning coffee and breakfast, to read the free newspaper and talk to all the other poor pensioners who are there. I wonder if I should drive my car, or use the van, maybe I should walk. I wonder which of the three bathrooms in my house should I use this morning. As I walk by the two refrigerators stocked with food, maybe I should make my own coffee and breakfast. Which of the 30 shirts or pants hanging in the closet should I wear. I am being treated so bad in this country that the thought occurs that maybe I would like to exchange places with those so fortunate to be living in Haiti, Chile, Turkey or Pakistan. I wonder how may bullets I will have to dodge on my way to McDonalds. Maybe that is not such a good idea- I think I will stay here and go to McDonalds and complain about all my problems that I am suffering living in this great Country. Thanks for reading my rant, have a good day.

Les
Rejoice! Rejoice!

Anonymous said...

Les:
Easy for us haves to talk that way. There are far more than us who can't do the things you just said you can do. They worked all their life to try to get there and they ar the ones we are talking about. Not a rant just reality.
CM

Anonymous said...

Hi folks,

Just wanted to pass on a great review of Drive-by Saviours in Atlantic Books Today magazine. My favourite line from the review: "Drive-by Saviours is confident proof that great Atlantic Canadian literature need not involve kilts or Cape Breton." The review was written by Jon Tattrie and if you can't access the magazine you can read it on Jon's blog at http://payperhackwriter.blogspot.com/2010/11/drive-by-saviours-worth-stopping-for.html.

Chris
(Benjibopper)

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