Spray of Diamonds

[Just popped in a Paul Simon CD, and now St Judy’s Comet rides shotgun, rolling across the skies and leaving sprays of diamonds in its wake. Music, poetry, words left out like cat food for homeless cats….it’s all part of love].

I’ve been waking up at sunrise to love like lightning shaking til it moans and rainbows in the high desert air.

For I’ve got a Nikon camera that gives me the greens of summer, and from the light across my room, follows the music seeping through,

saying. “honey take me dancing” but instead we love like lightning and sleep
In a doorway
By the bodegas and the lights

on Upper broadway


Wearing diamonds on the soles of our shoes.

And I watch the night receive the room of my day late in the evening, taking photographs about the arc of a love affair. —Paul Simon (abbr. 😌)

[Edit for Paul Simon novices: St Judy’s Comet; The Obvious Child, Hearts and Bones, Kodachrome, Late in the Evening, Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes].

Animals in order of appearance: Sadie, Cat, Lucy, Skippy, Tux, Boyfriend, Tala, Mildred, Snaggle, and Izabela. I sit for these creatures—or at least I did, pre-pandemic—and no matter how much time passes, they’ll live always in my hearts and bones.

Uğur Gallenkuş

This photographers work is very powerful in that it helps me see past my own existence. Because it’s easy to fall into the trap of 24/7 self-care if you don’t see how big the problems are. From 9/2001 to 6/2017 (I didn’t research more current figures), the United States spent $250 million PER DAY (source: Newsweek) on war. $250 million a day, easily sold by the dealers of the Military Industrial Complex; no protests by Americans, none of us even knew; no biggie.

And when you look around at the hardship of these children, it’s obvious that all that money spent on war gave us the exact world that we paid for.

When the adults model peace, the children will too. Let’s be adults. Thank you.

(Here is his Instagram account https://instagram.com/ugurgallen?igshid=1vbiuiigkoerd)