Category Archives: PLANT DREAMING DEEP

Bidh an t-ubhal as fheàrr air a’mheangan as àirde.

The best apple is on the highest bough.


each ninth month of the year
the buds fallen & fruit forming
copper-gold jewels a child’s round cheeks

sah-lay, we call them, the sound of new seasons
two notes plucked from a song played on strings

they came to us: Chinese fruit to a Chinese family
from wartime sailboats, Captain Blueberry
guarding cuttings in his metal chest
my parents planted it like Jack’s magic seed
in time, the fruit came like doubloons

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we explain they are apple-
pears, I explain them like I explain myself:
like one thing, like another 
but neither, you must taste it to know it 

as I leave for university
the sah-lay skins are yellow and green

mother & I find two ripe small imploded moons
we peel & cut the flesh honied & crisp 
the translucence is still
on my tongue when I say goodbye:

mother’s efficient hug, brisk, her
small frame bony under my arms
father’s soft belly & tilted head
embrace, his eyes water

reaching high altitude, I recline
pocket of impossible life amidst thousands
of miles of empty air and light
dwarf nuggets hidden in
my body turn fibrous, dissolve.

Better a thousand enemies outside the tent than one within it.


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The very same adversity can make one bitter and another better. A thoughtful and prayerful study on how to face adversity can change one’s world.

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise man grows it under his feet.”

James Oppenheim

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If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

-Stephen Levine

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

~ West African


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“The Gods did not count time spent fishing in the hours of a man’s life.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Endless Nights

You speak of my drinking, yet you don’t know my thirst”

― Scottish

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“Our children don’t have to have drinking problems. They don’t have to go through divorce or live defeated lives. You can be the one to stir them up, shake them up, and tell them there is a champion inside of them just waiting to come out. Tell them God has a plan for their lives, and they are destined to do greater things than we ever thought of doing…. You can decide to be the role model and reverse your whole generational pattern from a bad one to a good one.”
― Tim Storey, Comeback & Beyond: How to Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks

I’ve led most of my life like a typical sixties brat. You know, drugs, sex, and rock ‘n’ roll.”

 ― Gary Goldstick, Saving the Karamazovs

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I will lift up mine eyes unto the pills. Almost everyone takes them, from the humble aspirin to the multi-coloured, king-sized three deckers, which put you to sleep, wake you up, stimulate and soothe you all in one. It is an age of pills.
Malcolm Muggeridge.