Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Train Ride
by Ruth Stone

All things come to an end;
small calves in Arkansas,
the bend of the muddy river.
Do all things come to an end?
No, they go on forever.
They go on forever, the swamp,
the vine-choked cypress, the oaks
rattling last year's leaves,
the thump of the rails, the kite,
the still white stilted heron.
All things come to an end.
The red clay bank, the spread hawk,
the bodies riding this train,
the stalled truck, pale sunlight, the talk;
the talk goes on forever,
the wide dry field of geese,
a man stopped near his porch
to watch. Release, release;
between cold death and a fever,
send what you will, I will listen.
All things come to an end.
No, they go on forever.

Saturday I told myself that the storm is just a part of the larger weather front that caused mudslides in one place, blizzards in another and our drenching rain.  Weather goes on forever.  Lives lived within it's sphere, the spark of that perennial becoming goes on forever I think.
Sunday night I found myself asking "Is this relentless rain forever?"  It felt so, and then thunder rumbling across the sky from East to West sent pigeons off the sill and deep into their more protected places along these improvised cliffs, our city buildings.  Two days and nights--only a tiny piece of forever, but forever is in each moment.
Some of the pictures herein were shot in my home, others from print publications were re-shot with a flash--you will see a bright white spot in each so that the photographs can not be reproduced--I can provide better shots, and more at a later date.
They are from the beautiful book
"Vanishing Tibet" 
by the photographer-artists
Danny Constant and Catherine Steinmann
I paid $45
 Inscribed to me and signed by both artists
increases it's value
I met these amazing women at their show of works at Tibet House in 2008, the last year I had extra cash, and so I acquired the book, and one piece
"Double Doors"
a photograph by Catherine printed on brass and framed
 I paid $700
For six years It hung here
Also included
"The Tibetans"
'A Struggle to Survive'
First edition 1995 by Steve Lehman
I paid $40
 Monday I decided to post this offer Today
I hope to sell the package of three Items privately
I need $1000 cash for current pressing needs.
(Cataract surgery pre-pay fee $500--Medications after surgery $100--Ten year old Freidrich energy-efficient A/C needs to be removed, cleaned and re-installed before the heat hits $350, and I need a new telephone $50 because the old princess is being held together with gaffer tape, often fails to connect and the answer machine died.)

Email me if you are interested, or know anyone who might be
Scroll down this site and find my contact in the left column
I'll email my phone number or you can send yours


Mo Crow said...

(((Michelle))) have my fingers eyes legs toes and arms x'ed (it's a bit tricky typing) that the money will come in for your surgery very soon!

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

interesting, i saw the photograph as a painting. it's stunning.
a few years ago, i could have just
sent the money. it's not a HUGE
amount, really, for an eye.