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Fire Island Day 30

July 30, 2012

1. Sitting on the shore/
Molding sand into castles/
Hope flowing like waves/

2. Nonetheless knowing/
Our human activities/
Are temporary/

3. What counts is action/
Never the final outcome/
Life is made doing/

4. In simple actions/
Existence is completed/
One soul at a time/

5. Create your person/
In behavior &actions/
Thoughtful & thoughtless/

6. Performing actions/
Without concern for reward/
Should keep your soul full/

7. Enjoy your today:/
Create your best performance/
You are only now/

8. We exist right now/
Not in some perfect future/
Enjoy this moment/

9. Enjoy this instant/
It’s the minute particle/
Which composes life/


Fire Island Day Twenty~Nine

July 29, 2012

20. Choppy waves below/
Lap insistently under/
Low grey clouds above/

21. Cold grey sunrise starts/
Another moist paradise/
For our enjoyment/

22. Not appropriate/
For vacation photographs/
But still important/

23. Vacation includes/
Cold that dare not speak its name/
Which I must love too/

24. Life is not constant/
Comfort or pleasure for us*/
Savor discomfort/
#haiku *Man

25. Discomfort gives us/
Awareness of simple life/
Which is all we have/

26. Constant comfort numbs/
Living beings into “selfs:”/

27. Individuals:/
People disconnected from/
The flow of living/

28. Constant convenience:/
Frictionless living’s unreal*/
Burden still exists/
#haiku *unfair

29. In this universe/
Everything must be done/
By someone someplace/

30. The fan that cools you/
Made in a hot factory/
By someone who’s hot/

31. Convenience is made/
Available to people/
By someone’s labor/

32. Remember to show/
Simplicity’s Gratitude/
When life is easy/

33. Enjoy life’s friction/
It is the only measure/
Of reality/

34. Cold fingers can hold/
More human reality/
Because of their will/

35. Grab life with fingers/
Cold and raw with submission/
To human kindness/

Fire Island Day Twenty~Six

July 26, 2012

(these get better towards the end)
26. I am so boring/
My desires: quotidian/
Just basic comforts/

27. Just want my quiet/
And time with my family/
Not so exciting/

28. Others’ cluttered lives/
Aren’t attractive to me/
In my solitude/

29. Exciting pleasures/
Simply are not int’resting/
As I look inward/

30. I explore places/
Where people simply relax/
In this solitude/

31. Full throttle living:/
Human’s Spirits’ distractions/
From kind reverie/

32a. Enjoy quiet time/
Visit the church* within you/
Knowing there prays G_d/
#haiku *mosque

32b. Enjoy quiet time/
Visit Temple within you/
Knowing there sits G_d/

33a. Intricate lifestyles/
Embellish simple living/
Past recognition/

33b. Intricate lifestyles/
Embellish simple living/
Beyond simple needs/

33c. Intricate lifestyles/
Embellish simple living/
Out of existence/

35. This contemplation:/
A radical luxury/
Stolen from working/

36. Inside my heart lies/
All of creation’s beauty/
Still I look outward/

37a. My finite body/
Demands my infinite mind/
Scramble in the mud/

37b. My finite body/
Demands my infinite mind/
Busk for company/

38. The crowd’s approval/
Reduces spiritual/
Content of living/

39. Contemplating life/
& the quiet lapping waves/
Alone with my thoughts/
#haiku (@ Lonelyville) [pic]:

Fire Island Day Twenty Five

July 25, 2012


(Thoughts on Society’s & Individuals’ need for “Social Microclimates.”)

14. Exclusivity/
Describes a community/
That’s special to you/

15. Your community/
Is a “Loophole of Retreat”/
Wherein you matter/

16. We describe outside/
To create a safe inside/
For our own values/

17a. Exclusive language/
Is rarely grammatical/
It’s about changing/

17b. Exclusive language/
Is rarely grammatical/
It’s evolution/

18. Haughty Poverty’s/
Got its exclusivity/
To protect its pride/

19. Power creates norms/
Which we must all sanctify/
Or reject power/

20. There is nothing wrong/
Human exclusivity:/
Ego protection/

21. Overvaluing/
The culture of the wealthy/
Keeps poor people poor/

22. Wealth sanctifies some/
Exclusivity above/
Other people’s worlds/

23. Valuing culture/
Simply because it’s wealthy/
Needlessly harms us/

24. This sycophancy/
Toady to already rich/
Lacks real dignity/

25. Celebrate cultures/
That you do not understand/
To improve yourself/

Fire Island Day 23

July 23, 2012


49. Low tide exposes/
Edges of the Earth Un-used/
‘Cept on occasion/

50. The water recedes/
Exposing the underused/
Liminal spaces/

51. Land we share with sea/
Under appreciated/
Is under-valued/

52. The fecund ocean/
Garlands ev’rything with slime/
To mark her borders/

53. The sandy beaches/
Ever changing before surf/
Avoid the sliming/


54a. Low tide exposes/
Powerlessness before G_d/
Land not exploited/

54b. Low tide exposes/
Powerlessness ere nature/
Land not exploited/

54c. Low tide exposes/
Powerlessness ere nature/
We can’t stop the tide/

Fire Island Day 21

July 21, 2012


27. Walked with my daughter/
Along a storm cleared seashore/
Contemplating life/

28. Talking and looking/
With people you care about/
Integrates your lives/

29. Watching our dog run/
Frolicking in the breakers/
Ornaments our lives/

30. Inquisitive play/
By a care free consciousness/
Pleases immensely/

31. Speaking of nothing/
Walking along some nowhere/
Creates new meaning/

32. Random moments spent/
Like grains of sand you walk on:/
Messy perfection/

Fire Island Day Sixteen

July 16, 2012

35. Beauty’s little things/
Minor material goods/
Are rarely noticed/

36. Small embellishments/
Ornament quotidian/
Corners of the world/

37. These small ornaments/
Of (un)usual* objects/
Define our species/
#haiku *the usual

38. Customization/
Of the manufactured world/
Humanizes it/

39. Erratic patterns/
Only just Perceptible/
Mark human culture/

40. Lines etched in the sand/
Before creation’s blue waves/
Are all that we are/

41. We simply vanish/
Without other people’s sight/
We need witnesses/

42. Good, Bad or Ugly/
Humans validate humans/
There is nothing else/

43. Those we judge wanting*/
Validate our existence/
Because they are us/
#haiku *as bad

44. Celebrate people/
Though you’re glad you’re not like them/
Because they make us/

45. We are all the same/
No matter how we’re diff’rent/
People are people/

46. Celebrate humans/
Banal, venal or tacky/
Without them we’re lost/

47. The ugly tasteless/
Hold up half of creation/
Have some gratitude/

48. Without the banal/
We wouldn’t exist at all/
For we need them too/

Fire Island Day Thirteen

July 13, 2012

49. Uncelebrated/
Outside world owes you nothing/
Celebrate yourself/

50. The desired applause/
Is the beating of your heart/
Within your body/

51. Wide human acclaim:/
Psychological weakness/
For the insecure/

52. Celebrate living/
The very place that you are/
Because it’s unique/

53. Imaginations/
Demand heroic events/
While life is enough/

54. Life should be enough/
Each breath is so heroic/
(We shun this magic)/

55. Look for the magic/
Vibrating everywhere/
In your daily life/

56. (The music in noise/
Accompanies litter’s art/
When you search for it)/

57. Find magic inside/
Yourself and the day’s routine/
By loving yourself/

58. You have ev’rything/
You need to celebrate/
If you look within/

59. Visual beauty/
& social acclaim fail us/
When we’re not happy/

60. Find your happiness/
Within your own consciousness:/
Then enjoy the world/


Fire Island Day 10

July 10, 2012

2. Life’s small surprises:/
Often the most important/
When looking backward/

3. Important events/
The fullness of time recasts/
As meaningless things/

4. “Being Completely”/
Means accepting any changes/
To narrative’s weight*/
#haiku *To story’s meaning

5. The stories we tell/
Contain meanings we cherish/
Others see others/

6. Stories’ meanings tell/
The interpreter’s values/
Rarely any truth/

7. The meanings you see/
Are merely your own values/
Not ultimate truth/

8. “Ultimate Truth” lives/
Beyond where mortals* reside/
“Truth” is not for us/
#haiku *humans

9. If you are “certain”/
Remember that time’s fullness/
Reveals more to us/

10. “More will be revealed”/
Means do your best for right now:/
Be ready to change/

11. Humbly accepting/
That you were totally wrong/
Is how to evolve/

12. The reason I write/
Is to try to develop/
Into something more/

13. Learning my mistakes/
Creates a humbler me/
(Who might be happy)/

14. Humility shows/
Happiness cannot carry/
Too much “Correctness”/

15. Knowledge is Ego/
As much as it is a “fact:”/
We must distinguish/

16. Escaping Ego,/
The social identity,/
Creates a new me/

Fire Island Day Eight

July 8, 2012

27. Good society/
Makes vacation perfection/
Not merely the beach/

28. It’s people sharing/
Physical amenities/
That makes vacation/

29. Others’ enjoyment/
Gives the pleasures we enjoy/
The validation/

30. A desert island/
Staffed with happy servants can’t/
Match community/

31. Human paradise/
Is where we enjoy enough/
& others do too/

32. Sharing vacation/
With other people improves/
Our experience/

33. Vacation alone:/
Fantasy independence/
(Isolated souls)/

34. Humans are social/
We need the community/
Other people bring/

35. I want ev’ryone/
To enjoy what I enjoy/
Because I love life/

36. If there ain’t enough/
I should reduce my demands/
That others get more/

37. G_d will provision/
Enough for ev’rybody/
Is what true faith means/

38. Scarcity is fear/
Created by rich people/
That desire too much/

39. Enjoy and share things/
Believing life will provide/
All of your true needs/