Family Love

 

Family Love

Soft wind touches the coconut, mango, papaya, and others branches

Swinging back and forth just like someone fanning our evening garden

As the strong hot sun from afternoon heat gradually cools

It is the best time for our family to be together after dinner

Sitting outside on the landing by the garden

Where father planted a group of jasmine plants

Cool breeze in the evening after sun set

Creates the steam of jasmine fragrance in our direction

Our little family with father, mother and children

Sit close together, telling each other stories

We become the center of universe

That others would envy hearing

Laughing and talking of this little group of creatures on earth

We would wait for the moon to rise

Until the bright full moon appeared in the deep dark blue sky

Suddenly the laughing and talking disappeared

Leaving the sound of crickets singing and the frogs croaking

In the rhythmic harmony of nature

We all sat tightly close to each other

Listening to our father telling us a story

Before we would retire to bed

Mother went back inside the house

She came back with a delicious Thai desert for us

A taste that no one can compete with

She used the jasmine syrup to prepare the desert

The aroma of jasmine syrup mixed with coconut cream

Fresh from our coconut tree

The diced fresh fruits with

Crushed ice on top that cools our souls

Mother loves with her wit and hands

Creating a heaven on earth for five little girls

Begging for more we all wait

Sometimes we even love mother’s desert more than father’s story

On the day that the moon leaves us

The deep dark blue sky fills with sparking little stars

The night becomes darker

With the sound of our dog howling

Making us chilled to the spine

Five little girls sit even closer together

Father teases us with ghost and Dracula stories

We hug each other bound tightly

The bond of our love so great

The fear from the outside world disappears

Father, mother laugh to see us chilled

They are embracing us from the fear

It forms a circle of love

Of the lives well lived

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Saturday, December 18, 2011, 11:06 PM

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My Winter Jasmine

 Evening breeze with beautiful fragrance

Mother, father, laughs

When we gather after dinner

Relaxing after the blaze of sun calms down

Greening bush of the white flowers near by

Laughing with us from the fragrance

That cannot be denied

Oh my Jasmine!

Remembering and longing

For the past of homeland

 

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Saturday, December 17, 2011, 11:45 AM

  My Winter Jasmine 2 

Smelling the beautiful fragrance

That I long for

Far away I know who you are

Your delicate white body

Fresh and dainty

Reminds me of a little wooden house in Thailand

The fragrance gives me peace and happiness

Finding that even with chilled weather outside

I still find you

You are my favorite of all the others

Forgive me for my prejudice

Here you are my lovely Winter Jasmine

Bringing back the past of homeland

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Friday, December 16, 2011, 7:27 PM

  Yesterday I was passing by the plants that I brought inside our apartment to run away from the cold chill weather of winter outside.  I put avocado, hibiscus, Thai citrus, grapefruit plants close together and two jasmine plants on the outside around the others, because the jasmine plant is a shorter bushy plant.  In general the jasmine plants will give out flowers in the hot summer time as a topical plant that grow quite well inThailand.  I smelled a beautiful fragrance that came from the plants area.  To my surprise I stopped by and tried to find the flower.  I know this smell very well since I was young in my homeland,Thailand.  One white flower standing tall alone from the others giving a fragrance that no one will ever pass by.  I showed John the flower as he could not resist putting his Welsh nose right on the petite, delicate white flower. The aroma of it will surpass all the other lovely flowers.  I noticed that there are more than fifty little ones that will blossom by the time of the holiday season.  I consider my self very lucky to have my Winter Jasmine.

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Saturday, December 17, 2011, 

 Happy New Year

One, two, three, four, five

Six, seven, eight, nine!!!!!

Nine jasmine flowers!!!!!

Perfuming my room

One jasmine gives a small soft fragrance

Two, three and four blossom at the same time

The fragrance fills my heart

But when nine blossoms come

It is just like a bursting flame

Of firework on the New Year

Let the human race bloom

With peace and happiness

At the same time

Forget all the trouble and hatred

Spread kindness and love for all

As the year ends greet

The New Year with the fragrance of jasmine

Let us blossom into a New Human Race

That nature wants us to be

 Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Thursday, December 22, 2011, 9:48 PM

 

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Who Took My Mother Away

 An Iraqi girl in an orphanage – missing her mother, so she drew her and fell asleep inside her.

Who Took My Mother Away

 Mommy

I am in your womb

Curl up comfortingly

Drinking juice and nutrition

From your placenta

 

Rocking in your liquid

Just like swimming in the sea

 

I came out to the world

But I see you no more

 

Where are you?

 

Mother I want to go back to your womb

 Ing-on Vibulbhan-Watts, Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 2:40 pm 

“Ing, you should see this picture from Facebook that Lauren put it up”, John told me while I was cooking in the kitchen.  “What is it?” I asked.  “I am not going to tell you. You should see it yourself”. “You should read the content also.”  He said.  “John, please open it for me, my computer is on”, I asked.  He opened his Facebook page on my computer for me, and then he went to rest on the bed. I went to my computer to look and read.  My tears came pouring down with deep, deep sadness, wishing to embrace that little girl.  I wanted to hug her and hold her, wishing I am her mother, telling her that mother is here. 

I picked up the pen and the words pouring out.  After I finished writing I went to the bed room and read my poem to John.  I could not stop crying while I was reading.  John was crying also.  He reached to my arm and said “Come, lie with me for a little while.  We held each other, crying and calming each other in the midst of sadness in our troubled world.

 Mommy, who took you away from me

 

Who sold the weapons that used to kill each other ?

 Who put the poisoned words in people’s minds?

To hate and to kill

 

Who?  Who?  Who?

 

Who sent the young men and women to the wars?

 

  Who?  Who?  Who?

 

 If you are the ones

Stop now!!!!

 

Please give my mother back

I want her love

I want her hugs

I want her to sing lullabies

To put me to sleep

 

Did you see my mother?

 

I am in the warmness

Of my mother womb

 

Ing-on Vibulbhan-Watts, Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 6:43 pm

 Thanks to the person who took the picture and the person who posted it on the Facebook.  You stir our consciousness. Let us help each others so that no one suffers such a cruel incident as this.

 

Lauren http://childreninshadow.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/362/ John: Share this link with Ing. I am dashing off to work, and I just saw Ing’s beautiful email to me. I miss you guys too! As I am sure you can understand, I have been way too busy. Anyway, another friend of mine posted that the real story is that the image is that of an artist using photography to raise awareness about the plight of children in Iraq. I just didn’t want to be engaged in any misinformation. 

 

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THANK YOU FOR THIS PHOTOGRAPH! IF YOU,  DEAR ARTIST, WANT A DONATION FOR YOUR MIRACULOUS IMPRESSION-PHOTO, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I COULDN´T STAND AGAINST TO PUBLISHING THIS IMAGE!

 

THANK YOU! Annamaria – blogmaker -

 

THIS APPEARED IN COMMENT TO THIS PHOTO:

 

Hi, I really loved this photo and found the artist. Her name is Bahareh Bisheh and here’s what she says about the photo: “This little girl is my cousin and she actually fell asleep on the asphalt just outside my house. She must have played for some time and just lied to rest and fell asleep. im used a chair to stand on in order to take this shot. There is no orphanage involved and no tragic story behind this. i took this opportunity to be creative.
It is a style of photography
You can use my photos in your webblag If you mention my name as the photographer of this photo.
thanks to all for the consideration .”
I found some links to her work here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/khatt-khatti/page1/
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.157301267647982.31611.111614528883323&type=3
Thanks again for discovering this artist for us! Xox

 

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Winter Fuchsia

Winter Fuchsia 

In Ing’s Indoor Garden 

Captured on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Winter Fuchsia

 

Holding delicate winter fuchsia

In my hand

 

Please do not destroy

 

Delicate shape

Complex form

Viewing

Examining

The beauty

 

Showing Beauty

For a while

 

Time to vanish

Time takes it

And time to go

 

But wait

Let me enjoy

Pink fuchsia

At this moment

 

Caring and protecting

From the cold

In my indoor garden

The fuchsia grows

 

Producing flowers

Little lovely

Pink flowers

I adore

 

Your beauty

Warming my heart

As a cup of hot tea

In my hand

 

Now is the time

Of pleasure

Enjoying with nature

A moment of happiness

And peace

 

I treasure you

 

 Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Thursday, January 23, 2014, 3:08 am  

This Project is for John.  He loves Fuchsia Flowers.

 

 

 

Fuchsia Information:

 Fuchsia /?fju???/ is a genus of flowering plants that consists mostly of shrubs or small trees. The first, Fuchsia triphylla, was discovered on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (present day Dominican Republic and Haiti) in about 1696–1697 by the French Minim monk and botanist, Charles Plumier during his third expedition to the Greater Antilles. He named the new genus after the renowned German botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501–1566).[2][3]

There are currently almost 110 recognized species of Fuchsia. The vast majority are native to South America, but with a few occurring north through Central America to Mexico, and also several from New Zealand to Tahiti. One species, F. magellanica, extends as far as the southern tip of South America, occurring on Tierra del Fuego in the cool temperate zone, but the majority are tropical or subtropical. Most fuchsias are shrubs from 0.2–4 m (8 in–13 ft 1 in) tall, but one New Zealand species, the k?tukutuku (F. excorticata), is unusual in the genus in being a tree, growing up to 12–15 metres (39–49 ft) tall.

Fuchsia leaves are opposite or in whorls of 3–5, simple lanceolate and usually have serrated margins (entire in some species), 1–25 cm long, and can be either deciduous or evergreen, depending on the species. The flowers are very decorative; they have a pendulous “teardrop” shape and are displayed in profusion throughout the summer and autumn, and all year in tropical species. They have four long, slender sepals and four shorter, broader petals; in many species the sepals are bright red and the petals purple (colours that attract the hummingbirds that pollinate them), but the colours can vary from white to dark red, purple-blue, and orange. A few have yellowish tones, and recent hybrids have added the colour white in various combinations. The ovary is inferior and the fruit is a small (5–25 mm) dark reddish green, deep red, or deep purple berry, containing numerous very small seeds.

The fruit of fuchsia species and cultivars is edible, with the berry of F. splendens reportedly among the best-tasting. Its flavor is reminiscent of citrus and pepper, and it can be made into jam. The fruits of some other fuchsias are flavorless or leave a bad aftertaste.[4]

Fuchsias are popular garden shrubs, and once planted can live for years with a minimal amount of care. The British Fuchsia Society[13] maintains a list of “hardy” fuchsias that have been proven to survive a number of winters throughout Britain and to be back in flower each year by July. Enthusiasts report that hundreds and even thousands of hybrids survive and prosper through out Britain. In the United States, the Northwest Fuchsia Society maintains an extensive list of fuchsias that have proven hardy in members’ gardens in the Pacific Northwest over at least three winters.[14]

Fuchsias from sections Quelusia (F. magellanica, F. regia), Encliandra, Skinnera (F. excorticata, F. perscandens) and Procumbentes (F. procumbens) have especially proven to be hardy in widespread areas of Britain and Ireland, as well as in many other countries such as New Zealand (aside from its native species) or the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. A number of species will easily survive outdoors in agreeable mild temperate areas. Though some may not always flower in the average British summer, they will often perform well in other favorable climatic zones. Even in somewhat colder regions, a number of the hardier species will often survive as herbaceous perennials, dying back and reshooting from below ground in the spring.

Due to the favorably mild, temperate climate created by the North Atlantic Current, fuchsias grow abundantly in the West Cork region of Ireland and in the Scilly Isles, and have even colonised wild areas there. While F. magellanica is not widespread in Scotland it has been known to grow wild in sheltered areas, such as the banks of local streams in Fife.[15] In the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, F. magellanica also easily survives regional winters.

The fuchsia was introduced to England in the 18th century by Plumier who took some seeds there after his expedition. The species he took was Fuchsia triphylla flore coccinea where specimens appeared in France. There is a reference to a fuchsia under the name of “Thiles” in the Journal des Observations Botaniques in 1725. Thiles seems to be the French version of the Spanish, Thilco or Tilco. However, Thilco, or more properly Chilco, is derived from the name by which the indigenous Mapuche people of Southern Chile and Southwestern Argentina referred to their native Fuchsia magellanica. In the Mapuche language, Chilco means “that which grows near the water” and this is a reference to its being found growing abundantly in moist but well-drained areas along streams and lakes. In Chile today, F. magellanica is still called Chilco.[28]

Professor Philip Munz, in his A Revision of the Genus Fuchsia, 1793 says, however, that the fuchsia was first introduced into England by a sailor who grew it in a window where it was observed by a nurseryman from Hammersmith, a Mr. Lee, who succeeded in buying it and propagating it for the trade. This was one of the short tubed species such as magellanica or coccinea

Leonhart Fuchs was born in 1501. He occupied the chair of Medicine at the Tübingen University from the age of 34 until his death, on 10 May 1566. Besides his medical knowledge, according to his record of activities which was extensive for the time, he studied plants. This was natural, as most of the remedies of the time were herbal and the two subjects were often inseparable.

In the course of his career Fuchs wrote De Historia Stirpium Commentarii Insignes, which was published in 1542. In honour of Fuchs’ work the fuchsia received its name shortly before 1703 by Charles Plumier. It was Plumier who compiled his Nova Plantarum Americanum, which was published in Paris in 1703, based on the results of his plant-finding trip to America in search of new genera.

 

Please visit Wikipedia for more information, the link is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuchsia

The Ladies Eardrops

Fuchsias, or Ladies’ Eardrops, as they have often been called, were first introduced into Great Britain from Chile about 1788.

At the height of their early popularity less than a hundred years later, there were 541 known species and varieties; today we have between 3,000 to 5,000 species and cultivars.

Fuchsia Varieties

In fuchsias, one can have many color combinations in either single or double form. Don’t start with large, well-established plants if you want them to adjust to your indoor conditions and be amenable to training.

Get small ones no more than five joints tall, and begin at once the business of shaping the plants into the form you prefer.

Shift the plants to larger pots as necessary, using pots two inches larger each shift. Pot in a soil composed of peat moss, vermiculite, potting soil and coarse sand.

When the plants are finally established in the pot size you want them to flower in, use a liquid plant food in place of every third watering, fuchsias are heavy feeders, and soon spindle out unattractively unless kept well fed.

Winter Care

To keep your old plants through the winter, place them in a very cold but frost-free spot, and from October through December give them only enough water to keep the wood from shriveling.

Then in January move them to a minimum temperature of 50 degrees, and give more water. As soon as all the live “eyes” can be located, trim the plants to shape and remove all dead wood.

Next step – turn them out of the pots, wash all the soil from the roots, and repot in the same size pot using fresh soil.

Increase the amount of water given as the plants require it, pinch two or three times before the end of May, and either shift to larger pots when necessary or begin supplemental feeding when roots have filled the soil.

Plants may also be started from seed in January or February, if you have facilities for seed-starting.

If you prefer to start from cuttings, you can take soft green wood ones in February or March or take them in August from plants which have summered outdoors.

The best cuttings are from suckers which start up from the base of the plants, and should be about three inches long.

Add more sand to the potting soil to start them in, give them shade, a temperature no less than 60 degrees, and spray them lightly if they show signs of wilting.

After they are well rooted, handle them as you would newly purchased small plants.

First, of course, fuchsias need coolness above all else. They prefer that temperatures never go over 65 but they can stand higher ones providing the humidity is high, too.

Please visit the following link for more information:

http://www.zone10.com/fuchsia-plant-care.html 

When you are planning to grow fuchsia flowers, you need to pay attention at some aspects. The first aspect is the sunlight. If you are planting the flower with too much sun, it will grow smaller and have fewer flowers. You need to plant the flower in partial sun since it will produce a heavy layer of mulch and keep the roots cool. For people who plant their flower in container, you need to use a clay or wood pot. Avoid using plastic pot since it can heat faster than other materials. As another option, you can also place other heat tolerant plants around the container plants to give protection the fuchsia’s pot from direct sunlight.

Another important aspect in growing fuchsia flowers is soil. Fuchsia will grow better in well-drained soil which is rich with organic matter. Make sure you amend the soil with compost before planting. The compost has the function to increase drainage and the composition of the soil. In planting the flowers, you need to plant those flowers 4 to 6 inches deep.

You also need to consider the moisture. It is important for you to water the fuchsia flowers frequently. People are recommended to water the flower in the morning to avoid getting the leaves wet in the warmth of the sun. The flowers grow better in moist soil but not wet soil. Fuchsia flowers which are planted in clay and wood will get dry out faster than plastic containers since clay and wood are more porous. People have to check their flowers for some times during hot summer months. It needs to be done to prevent the roots from drying out.

Please visit the following link for more information:

http://ehomedesignideas.com/gardening/how-to-planting-fuchsia-flowers-1003.html

 

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My Snow Garden

 

I took some photographs of our backyard garden and wrote three poems for the cold snow days of the winter season last year.  I think it is suitable for the snow day yesterday, Tuesday, January 21, 2014.  I hope you enjoy viewing them.

My Snow Garden

Snow on the Garden Chair

Snow on the chair

No one sitting there

 

Quiet time

 

Blanket of snow

Covers the ground

 

Time to sleep

 

Let snow drip

To earth

 

Time to rest

 

Drops of snow

Keep me alive

 

Show my beauty

After a quiet rest

 

I will be fresh

In spring

 

Someone sitting

On the empty chair

 

Greeting me

In spring

 

Snow drops

 

Snow drips

 

Giving me life

In a quiet time

 

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Friday, February 8, 2013, 8:12 pm

 

My Snow Garden

 

At the window beyond the bars

 

I peak at my garden producing snow trees

 

Pure white from the sky

 

Snow keeps my plants alive till spring

 

  Shivering chill outside

 

 My plants retire underground

 

Mother earth warming

 Protecting the roots from freezing cold

 

Thanks to the snow that turns to water under the soil

 

  There is a way for life to survive

 

 When cold winter comes

 

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Saturday, February 9, 2013, 4:25 pm

Appreciate simple things around you

 

Minimize luxury life styles

 

 Be more concerned with conservation

 

  Be generous and kind

 

 Remove ill thought

 

  Broaden your knowledge

 

 Learn and do your best

 

  Understand things beyond yourself

 

If you are still dissatisfied

 

 Then sleep and after your rest

 

 Try again the next day

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Saturday, February 9, 2013, 4:38 pm

  

Link to Ing’s Poem Page: http://ingpeaceproject.com/ings-poems/

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Remember the Writer and Poet, Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka

Remember the Writer and Poet

  Native of Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Passed Away on Thursday, January 9th, 2014

 

 John and I were lucky to see him

 And I took pictures of him and his wife

At the demonstration of Occupy Wall Street

Zuccotti Park, New York City

On Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Losing a Friend

My heart sank

When we heard

Amiri Baraka

The poet of Newark

Passed away

My dear friend

We know you more

Than you knew

So glad seeing you

Stepping in our shop

Choosing Silver earrings

For the wife

He said

Late night back from NYC in our car

Oh, that’s Mr. Baraka!

I tell John

Pointing to the sidewalk on Market St.

Where he walks with a young man

We saw him

Here and there

Near and far

Admiring his works

His fighting spirit

Fighter he was

Among the good and the bad

Black and White

Young and old

And for the gangs of Newark kids

Who never knew his words

Writings and talking

That’s what he did best

Left are the words he composed

No one will forget

Amiri Baraka

Everett LeRoi Jones

He made his mark

Now and then

Here and beyond

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 2:57 am

 

On Sunday, October 9, 2011 John and I went to Zuccotti Park, NYC, visiting the Occupy Wall Street protest.  We walked about observing and taking as many photographs as we could as a remembrance of the event.  We saw Mr. Amiri Baraka sitting on the steps talking with some young people.  John greeted him and joined in the conversation.  He looked at me with his large big eyes to greet me.  I took advantage to take his picture.  I spotted his wife, Amina Baraka near by talking to a lady.  It was a very nice and exceptional surprise for us to see him at the event.  The following are some photographs and information about Mr. Amiri Baraka.

 

Mrs. Amina Baraka in a green blouse (Amiri Baraka’s wife)

Few years ago, a lady came in our shop, looked around then spotted a bunch of dried small white flowers in John’s large ceramic pot.  She picked up a bunch of dried flowers asking me how much they cost.  I told her that they are flowers from our backyard garden.  I said you can have them for free.  She thanked me, took a bunch of dried small white flowers and left.

A few months later Mr. Baraka came in our shop with a lady.  He introduced us to his wife.  I said, “Did I see you before?”  She replied, “Yes, you gave me a bunch of dried flowers.”

 

The Agitator is Gone

Life long agitator

His time spent

Stirring the water and oil

Asking for smoothness

Equality for all

Hard work

Hard life

Learning

Seeing

Affecting his poor soul

Fighting harder

Stirred by knowledge

Religion changes

Everett LeRoi Jones

Becomes Amiri Baraka

Ideologies

Democracy

Capitalism

Socialism

Communism

Marxism

Stirring in his cranium

Giving out all

Lecturing

Writings

Performing his poems

With all his heart and soul

Still stirring

Harder he tries

Voicing out

All he knows

Exhausted old man

Last breath

Wishing

Equality

And justice for all

Closing his sparkling large eyes

Finding peace at last

Forever sleep

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 12:40 am

 

 

Everett Leroy Jones was born in Newark on Oct. 7, 1934. His father, Coyette, was a postal supervisor; his mother, the former Anna Russ, was a social worker. Growing up, young Leroy, as he was known, took piano, drum and trumpet lessons — a background that would inform his later work as a jazz writer — and also studied drawing and painting.

He attended Barringer High School.  He won a scholarship to Rutgers University in 1951, but a continuing sense of cultural dislocation prompted him to transfer in 1952 to Howard University, which he left without obtaining a degree.  During this period, partly in homage to the African-American journalist Roi Ottley (1906-60), he changed the spelling of his name to LeRoi, with the emphasis on the second syllable.

His major fields of study were philosophy and religion. Baraka subsequently studied at Columbia University and the New School for Social Research without obtaining a degree.

Though by all accounts a brilliant student, he came to regard the university’s emphasis on upward mobility for blacks as distastefully assimilationist — “an employment agency” where “they teach you to pretend to be white,” he later called it. Losing interest in his classes, he was expelled before graduating.

In 1954, he joined the US Air Force as a gunner, reaching the rank of sergeant. After an anonymous letter to his commanding officer accusing him of being a communist led to the discovery of Soviet writings, Baraka was put on gardening duty.  After three years, dishonorable discharge for violation of his oath of duty.  Some of his reading material had made the Air Force suspect that he was a Communist. The irony, he later said, was that he did become a Communist, but not until long afterward.

It was the worst period of my life,” Mr. Baraka told Essence magazine in 1985. “I finally found out what it was like to be disconnected from family and friends. I found out what it was like to be under the direct jurisdiction of people who hated black people. I had never known that directly.”

To stave off loneliness and misery, he read widely and deeply, stocking the library on his base in Puerto Rico with books — philosophy, literary fiction, left-wing history — the likes of which it had almost certainly never seen.

He moved to New York, where he took an editorial job on a music magazine, The Record Changer, and settled in Greenwich Villageamid the heady atmosphere of the Beat poets.

He be friended their dean, Allen Ginsberg, to whom, in the puckish spirit of the times, he had written a letter on toilet paper reading, “Are you for real?” (“I’m for real, but I’m tired of being Allen Ginsberg,” came the reply, on what, its recipient would note with amusement, was “a better piece of toilet paper.”)

In 1967, he adopted the Muslim name Imamu Amear Baraka, which he later changed to Amiri Baraka.  He was an American writer of poetry, drama, fiction, essays and music criticism. He was the author of numerous books of poetry and taught at a number of universities, including the State University of New York at Buffalo and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received the PEN Open Book Award, formerly known as the Beyond Margins Award, in 2008 for Tales of the Out and the Gone.[2]

Baraka’s poetry and writing has attracted both extreme praise and condemnation. Within the African-American community, some compare him to James Baldwin and call Baraka one of the most respected and most widely published Black writers of his generation.[3] Others have said his work is an expression of violence, misogyny, homophobia and racism.[4] Baraka’s brief tenure as Poet Laureate of New Jersey (2002–03), involved controversy over a public reading of his poem “Somebody Blew Up America?” and accusations of anti-semitism, and some negative attention from critics, and politicians[5][6]

The same year, he moved to Greenwich Village working initially in a warehouse for music records. His interest in jazz began during this period. At the same time he came into contact with avant-garde Beat Generation, Black Mountain poets and New York School

New York School poets. In 1958 he married Hettie Cohen, with whom he had two daughters, Kellie Jones (b. 1959) and Lisa Jones (b.1961).  They also jointly founded a quarterly literary magazine Yugen, which ran for eight issues (1958–62).[9] Baraka also worked as editor and critic for the literary and arts journal Kulchur (1960–65). With Diane di Prima he edited the first twenty-five issues (1961–63) of their little magazine The Floating Bear.[10] In the autumn of 1961 he co-founded the New York Poets Theatre with di Prima, choreographers Fred Herko and James Waring, and actor Alan S. Marlowe. He had an extramarital affair with Diane di Prima for several years; their daughter, Dominique di Prima, was born in June 1962.

He and Hettie founded Totem Press, which published such Beat icons as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.[8]  In 1961 issued his first collection of verse, “Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note.” In the volume’s title poem, he wrote:

Nobody sings anymore.

And then last night, I tiptoed up

To my daughter’s room and heard her

Talking to someone, and when I opened

The door, there was no one there …

Only she on her knees, peeking into

Her own clasped hands.

Baraka visited Cubain July 1960 with a Fair Play for Cuba Committee delegation and reported his impressions in his essay “Cuba libre”.[11] In 1961 Baraka co-authored a Declaration of Conscience in support of Fidel Castro‘s regime.[12] Baraka also was a member of the Umbra Poets Workshop of emerging Black Nationalist writers (Ishmael Reed, and Lorenzo Thomas among others) on the Lower East Side (1962–65). In 1961 a first book of poems, Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note, was published. Baraka’s article “The Myth of a ‘Negro Literature’” (1962) stated that “a Negro literature, to be a legitimate product of the Negro experience in America, must get at that experience in exactly the terms America has proposed for it in its most ruthless identity.” He also states in the same work that as an element of American culture, the Negro was entirely misunderstood by Americans. The reason for this misunderstanding and for the lack of black literature of merit was according to Jones:

“In most cases the Negroes who found themselves in a position to pursue some art, especially the art of literature, have been members of the Negro middle class, a group that has always gone out of its way to cultivate any mediocrity, as long as that mediocrity was guaranteed to prove to America, and recently to the world at large, that they were not really who they were, i.e., Negroes.”

As long as the black writer was obsessed with being an accepted, middle class, Baraka wrote, he would never be able to speak his mind, and that would always lead to failure. Baraka felt that America only made room for only white obfuscators, not black ones.[13]

Baraka’s Blues People: Negro Music in White America (1963) is a volume of jazz criticism, especially relating to the beginning of the free jazz movement. His acclaimed, but controversial play Dutchman premiered in 1964 and received an Obie Award the same year.

After the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965, Baraka left his wife and their two children and moved to Harlem. Now a “black cultural nationalist,” he broke away from the predominantly white Beats and became very critical of the pacifist and integrationist Civil Rights movement. His revolutionary poetry now became more controversial.[14] A poem such as “Black Art” (1965), according to academic Werner Sollors from Harvard University, expressed his need to commit the violence required to “establish a Black World.”[15] “Black Art” quickly became the major poetic manifesto of the Black Arts Literary Movement and in it, Jones declaimed “we want poems that kill,” which coincided with the rise of armed self-defense and slogans such as “Arm yourself or harm yourself” that promoted confrontation with the white power structure.[3] Rather than use poetry as an escapist mechanism, Baraka saw poetry as a weapon of action.[16] His poetry demanded violence against those he felt were responsible for an unjust society.

In 1966, Baraka married his second wife, Sylvia Robinson, who later adopted the name Amina Baraka.[17] In 1967, he lectured at San Francisco State University. The year after, he was arrested in Newark for having allegedly carried an illegal weapon and resisting arrest during the 1967 Newark riots, and was subsequently sentenced to three years in prison. Shortly afterward an appeals court reversed the sentence based on his defense by attorney, Raymond A. Brown.[18] Not long after the 1967 riots, Baraka generated controversy when he went on the radio with a Newark police captain and Anthony Imperiale, a Politician and private business owner, and the three of them blamed the riots on “white-led, so-called radical groups” and “Communists and the Trotskyite persons.”[19] That same year his second book of jazz criticism, Black Music, came out, a collection of previously published music journalism, including the seminal Apple Cores columns from Down Beat magazine.

In 1967, Baraka (still Leroi Jones) visited Maulana Karenga in Los Angeles and became an advocate of his philosophy of Kawaida, a multifaceted, categorized activist philosophy that produced the “Nguzo Saba,” Kwanzaa, and an emphasis on African names.[3] It was at this time that he adopted the name Imamu Amear Baraka.[1] Imamu is a Swahili title for “spiritual leader” in which is derived from Arabic word Imam (????). According to Shaw, he dropped the honorific Imamu and eventually changed Amear (which means “Prince”) to Amiri.[1] Baraka means “blessing, in the sense of divine favor.”[1] In 1970 he strongly supported Kenneth A. Gibson‘s candidacy for mayor of Newark; Gibson was elected the city’s first Afro-American Mayor. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Baraka courted controversy by penning some strongly anti-Jewish poems and articles, similar to the stance at that time of the Nation of Islam.[citation needed]

Baraka’s separation from the Black Arts Movement began because he saw certain black writers – capitulationists, as he called them – countering the Black Arts Movement that he created. He believed that the groundbreakers in the Black Arts Movement were doing something that was new, needed, useful, and black, and those who did not want to see a promotion of black expression were “appointed” to the scene to damage the movement.[13] Around 1974, Baraka distanced himself from Black nationalism and became a Marxist and a supporter of third-world liberation movements. In 1979 he became a lecturer in Stony Brook University‘s Africana Studies Department.[citation needed] The same year, after altercations with his wife, he was sentenced to a short period of compulsory community service. Around this time he began writing his autobiography. In 1980 he denounced his former anti-semitic utterances, declaring himself an anti-zionist.[citation needed]

During the 1982–83 academic year, Baraka was a visiting professor at Columbia University, where he taught a course entitled “Black Women and Their Fictions.” In 1984 he became a full professor at Rutgers University, but was subsequently denied tenure.[20] In 1985, Baraka returned to Stony Brook, eventually becoming professor emeritus of African Studies. In 1987, together with Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison, he was a speaker at the commemoration ceremony for James Baldwin. In 1989 Baraka won an American Book Award for his works as well as a Langston Hughes Award. In 1990 he co-authored the autobiography of Quincy Jones, and 1998 was a supporting actor in Warren Beatty‘s film Bulworth. In 1996, Baraka contributed to the AIDS benefit album Offbeat: A Red Hot Soundtrip produced by the Red Hot Organization.

In July 2002, Baraka was named Poet Laureate of New Jersey by Governor Jim McGreevey. Baraka held the post for a year mired in controversy and after substantial political pressure and public outrage demanding his resignation. During the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in Stanhope, New Jersey, Baraka read his 2001 poem on the September 11th attacks “Somebody Blew Up America?”, which was criticized for anti-Semitism and attacks on public figures. Because there was no mechanism in the law to remove Baraka from the post, the position of state poet laureate was officially abolished by the State Legislature and Governor McGreevey.

Baraka collaborated with hip-hop group The Roots on the song “Something in the Way of Things (In Town)” on their 2002 album Phrenology.

In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante included Amiri Baraka on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans.[21]

In 2003, Baraka’s daughter Shani, aged 31, and her lesbian partner, Rayshon Homes, were murdered in the home of Shani’s sister, Wanda Wilson Pasha, by Pasha’s ex-husband, James Coleman.[22][23] Prosecutors argued that Coleman shot Shani because she had helped her sister separate from her husband.[24] A New Jersey jury found Coleman (also known as Ibn El-Amin Pasha) guilty of murdering Shani Baraka and Rayshon Holmes, and he was sentenced to 168 years in prison for the 2003 shooting.[25]

Amiri Baraka died on January 9, 2014, at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey, after being hospitalized in the facility’s intensive care unit for one month prior to his death. The cause of death was not reported, but it is mentioned that Baraka had a long struggle with diabetes.[26]

In addition to his wife and his son Ras, survivors include three other sons, Obalaji,  Amiri Jr. and Ahi;  four daughters, Dominique DiPrima, Lisa Jones Brown, Kellie Jones and Maria Jones; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Mr. Baraka on his way to court in Newark with second wife, Sylvia (Amina), left, in 1968. He had periodic brushes with the law throughout his adult life. Neal Boenzi/The New York Times

Amiri Baraka, poet and social activist speaking during the Black political Convention in Gary, Indiana on March 12, 1972.

 

          Left-Amiri Baraka (1970)       Right- Amiri Baraka (photo: Brian McMilen, 1980)

Mr. Baraka with the poet Maya Angelou in 1991 in Harlem during an event at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.Chester Higgins, Jr./The New York Times

Left-Amiri Baraka reading at the Dodge Poetry Festival (2003)

Right-Amiri Baraka pictured at a Newark school in this 2000 Star-Ledger file photo. (Patti Sapone/The Star-Ledger)

Left-Amiri Baraka at the Miami Book Fair International, 2007

Right- Amiri Baraka addressing the Malcolm X Festival from the Black Dot Stage in San Antonio Park, Oakland, California while performing with Marcel Diallo and his Electric Church Band

 Left-Amiri Baraka and Wilber Morris in Finland(2001)

Right- Baraka defends “Somebody Blew Up America” (2003)

Left-Baraka and M.K. Asante, Jr. in Newark, NJ (2006)

Right- Mr. Baraka with Reggie Workman on bass during a performance of the New York Art Quartet at the South Street Seaport in 1999. Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times

 

Left- Mr. Baraka on his way to court in Newark with second wife, Sylvia (Amina), left, in 1968.

Right-Amina and Amiri Baraka at home (photo: Ryan Joseph, 2007)

 

The following are some of Amiri Baraka Videos on YouTube:

 

Amiri Baraka “Obama Poem” Uploaded on December 9. 2009 (2:49 minutes)

“Obama Poem” by Amiri Baraka with Rob Brown saxophone, recorded live on February 21, 2009 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, New York.

Link to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPK9eH4EFTU

 

Amiri Baraka “Somebody Blew Up America Poem” Uploaded on December 16, 2009

(9:31 minutes)

“Somebody Blew Up America Poem” by Amiri Baraka with Rob Brown saxophone, recorded live on February 21, 2009 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy,New York.

Link to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUEu-pG1HWw

“9/11 CONTROVERSY

In 2002, as poet laureate of New Jersey, Baraka drew accusations of anti-Semitism over his poem “Somebody Blew Up America,” which included material borrowed from conspiracy theories in an account of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Baraka refused then-New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey’s request for him to resign and, in response, state lawmakers passed a law to eliminate the position of poet laureate.

“Poetry is underrated,” Baraka told the New York Times in 2012, “so when they got rid of the poet laureate thing, I wrote a letter saying, ‘This is progress. In the old days, they could lock me up. Now they just take away my title.’”

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Amiri Baraka speaks to the importance of Afican-American history   

University of Virginia 

Amiri Baraka speaks to the importance of Afican-American history in this final event of the 2011 Community MLK Celebration.  He reads from his works and takes questions from the audience gathered at Culbreth Theatre, University of Virginia

Video on YouTube, upload on February 3, 2011, (1:20.06 hours)

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Amiri Baraka — who died at age 79 — wrote prolifically and in many genres. He published plays, poetry, essays, several volumes of musical criticism, short stories and one novel, which was based on Dante’s Divine Comedy. A selection of his works include:

1958: “A Good Girl Is Hard to Find”
Baraka’s first play was performed at the Sterington House, a jazz club in Montclair.

1961: “Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note”
His first collection of poems, it was published while Baraka was living in Greenwich Village, a friend of Beats Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.

1963: “Blues People: Negro Music in White America”
His first volume of music criticism, it looked at the span of black music from the slavery era to the 1960s.

1964: “The Dutchman”
This play — about a rage-filled encounter between a black man and a white woman on a New York City subway — was performed at the Cherry Lane Theater, and won Baraka the Obie Award for best play of the year. (The Obie is the major prize for off-Broadway theatrical productions in New York).

1965: “The System of Dante’s Hell”
Baraka’s first novel, and one of his relatively few prose fiction works, was based on Dante’s Divine Comedy

1966 “Home: Social Essays”
Some early controversies surrounded the essays in this collection, which some accused of sexism and homophobia.

1967: “Black Magic”
This volume of poetry was written after Baraka left Greenwich Village for Harlem, and disassociated from the Beats. In Harlem, he helped found the Black Arts Movement, a parallel to the Black Power movement.

1968 “Home on the Range”
This play was written and performed as a benefit for the Black Panther party

1984: “Daggers and Javelins”
In this book of essays, Baraka moved away from his embrace of Black nationalism and started to embrace more Marxist theories.

1984: “The Autobiography of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka” Looking back over his career in this memoir, Baraka recalled feeling shut out from the world of poetry as a young man.

1995: “Wise Why’s Y’s: The Griot’s Tale” His first work of poetry in a decade, this book was one five-part epic poem about the African American experience.

2003: “Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems”
The title poem, written in the wake of the 9/11 attacked, included lines that were interpretted as anti-Semitic.

2009: “Digging: The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music”; A collection of essays on jazz greats, it was one of his last publications.

Sources: The Poetry Foundation, The Academy of American Poets/Poets.org,

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Mr. Baraka was famous as one of the major forces in the Black Arts movement of the 1960s and ’70s, which sought to duplicate in fiction, poetry, drama and other mediums the aims of the black power movement in the political arena.

Among his best-known works are the poetry collections “The Dead Lecturer” and “Transbluesency: The Selected Poetry of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones, 1961-1995”; the play “Dutchman”; and “Blues People: Negro Music in White America,” a highly regarded historical survey.

Mr. Baraka at home in Newark in 2007. He was a lecturer and poet whose words were celebrated by some, but considered hateful by others. Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Over six decades, Mr. Baraka’s writings — his work also included essays and music criticism — were periodically accused of being anti-Semitic, misogynist, homophobic, racist, isolationist and dangerously militant.

But his champions and detractors agreed that at his finest he was a powerful voice on the printed page, a riveting orator in person and an enduring presence on the international literary scene whom — whether one loved or hated him — it was seldom possible to ignore.

“Love is an evil word,” Mr. Baraka, writing as LeRoi Jones, the name by which he was first known professionally, said in an early poem, “In Memory of Radio.” It continues:

Turn it backwards/see, see what I mean?

An evil word. & besides

who understands it?

I certainly wouldn’t like to go out on that kind of limb.

Saturday mornings we listened to Red Lantern & his undersea folk.

At 11, Let’s Pretend/& we did/& I, the poet, still do. Thank God!

Among reviewers, there was no firm consensus on Mr. Baraka’s literary merit, and the mercurial nature of his work seems to guarantee that there can never be.

His early poems were praised for their lyricism and for the immediacy of their language — throughout his career, he said, he wrote as much for the ear as for the eye.

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By Carolyn Kellogg

2:41 p.m. CST, January 9, 2014

A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters.

At that time he also co-edited a literary newsletter, The Floating Bear, published “Blues People: The Negro Experience in White America and the Music That Developed from It” (1963) and penned the play “Dutchman,” which explosively explored issues of race and gender.

“I can see now that the dramatic form began to interest me because I wanted to go ‘beyond’ poetry. I wanted some kind of action literature,” Baraka wrote in his 1984 autobiography.

Baraka led the Black Arts Movement, an aesthetic sibling to the Black Panthers. Although the movement was fractious and short-lived, it involved significant authors such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Eldridge Cleaver, Gil-Scott Heron, Nikki Giovanni, Ishmael Reed and Quincy Troupe.

“[W]e wrote art that was, number one, identifiably Afro American according to our roots and our history and so forth. Secondly, we made art that was not contained in small venues,” Baraka said in a 2007 interview. “The third thing we wanted was art that would help with the liberation of black people, and we didn’t think just writing a poem was sufficient. That poem had to have some kind of utilitarian use; it should help in liberating us. So that’s what we did. We consciously did that.”

In Harlem, Baraka sent trucks into the community carrying people — including the artist Sun Ra – performing poetry, dance and music.

Baraka’s work during the 1960s included the plays “The Black Mass,” “The Toilet,” and “The Slave”; the poetry collections “Black Art” and “Black Magic”; and the provocative collection “Home: Social Essays.”

Asked by NPR in 2007 how he would define himself, Baraka said, “Well, I guess as a poet and a political activist most consistently. I’ve written in all genres. … But, you know, I guess throughout all of that, the poetry is at the base of it.”

Although he was frequently embroiled in political controversy, Baraka’s artistic achievements did not go unacknowledged. His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, a PEN/Faulkner Award, a Rockefeller Foundation Award for Drama, and the Langston Hughes Award from City College of New York.

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Some critics denounced him as buffoonish, homophobic, anti-Semitic and demagogic. For others he was a genius, a prophet, the Malcolm X of literature.

Eldridge Cleaver hailed him as the bard of the “funky facts.” Ishmael Reed credited the Black Arts Movement for encouraging artists of all backgrounds and enabling the rise of multiculturalism. Scholar Arnold Rampersad placed him alongside Frederick Douglass and Richard Wright in the pantheon of black cultural influences.

“From Amiri Baraka, I learned that all art is political,” Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist August Wilson once said, “although I don’t write political plays.”

Jones left his white wife (Hettie Cohen), cut off his white friends and moved from Greenwich Village to Harlem. He renamed himself Imamu Ameer Baraka, “spiritual leader blessed prince,” and dismissed the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as a “brainwashed Negro.”

He helped organize the 1972 National Black Political Convention and founded the Congress of African People. He also founded community groups in Harlem and Newark, the hometown to which he eventually returned.

The Black Arts Movement was essentially over by the mid-1970s, and Baraka distanced himself from some of his harsher comments – about King, about gays and about whites. He kept making news.

In the early 1990s, as Spike Lee was filming a biography of Malcolm X, Baraka ridiculed the director as “a petit bourgeois Negro” unworthy of his subject.
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NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Amiri Baraka, a controversial playwright, poet and activist who set a new path for fellow African-American artists by bringing militancy and verve to works about race in America, died on Thursday at age 79 at a hospital in his native New Jersey, a representative said.

Among Baraka’s other well-known works are his nonfiction book “Blues People: Negro Music in White America” and the poems “In Memory of Radio” and “An Agony. As Now.”

Among his accolades were the Rockefeller Foundation Award for Drama and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Baraka over the decades loomed large as a political figure in his home of Newark, where he returned to live in the 1960s after time spent in New York.

“I always thought Amiri Baraka’s decision to come back to Newark and stay in Newark and engage Newark helped this beleaguered city recover some very important parts of its identity – its self identity – in some periods when the city was spiraling downward,” said Clement Price, a professor of history at Rutgers University.

Newark Mayor Luis Quintana said in a statement that his city mourned the death of Baraka, who he said “used the power of the pen to advance the cause of civil rights.”

“Amiri Baraka’s poetry and prose transcended ethnic and racial barriers, inspiring and energizing audiences of many generations,” Quintana said.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, said in a statement, “My thoughts and prayers are with his children and the whole Baraka family after their

loss.”

Baraka is survived by his wife, Amina, and several children. His son, Ras Baraka, is on the Municipal Council of Newark and is a candidate to be mayor.

(Additional reporting by Eric Kelsey inLos Angeles, Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston, Gunna Dickson, Cynthia Osterman and Lisa Shumaker)

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Last of the Beats: Poet-playwright Amiri Baraka dies at 79

This Oct. 2, 2002 file photo shows Amiri Baraka, New Jersey’s poet laureate during a ceremony at the Newark Public Library in Newark, N.J. Baraka, a Beat poet, black nationalist and Marxist revolutionary known for his blues-based, fist-shaking manifestos, died, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, N.J. at age 79. AP

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The New World

The New World

By Amiri Baraka 1934–2014 Amiri Baraka

The sun is folding, cars stall and rise

beyond the window. The workmen leave

the street to the bums and painters’ wives

pushing their babies home. Those who realize

how fitful and indecent consciousness is

stare solemnly out on the emptying street.

The mourners and soft singers. The liars,

and seekers after ridiculous righteousness. All

my doubles, and friends, whose mistakes cannot

be duplicated by machines, and this is all of our

arrogance. Being broke or broken, dribbling

at the eyes. Wasted lyricists, and men

who have seen their dreams come true, only seconds

after they knew those dreams to be horrible conceits

and plastic fantasies of gesture and extension,

shoulders, hair and tongues distributing misinformation

about the nature of understanding. No one is that simple

or priggish, to be alone out of spite and grown strong

in its practice, mystics in two-pants suits. Our style,

and discipline, controlling the method of knowledge.

Beat niks, like Bohemians, go calmly out of style. And boys

are dying in Mexico, who did not get the word.

The lateness of their fabrication: mark their holes

with filthy needles. The lust of the world. This will not

be news. The simple damning lust,

float flat magic in low changing

evenings. Shiver your hands

in dance. Empty all of me for

knowing, and will the danger

of identification,

 

Let me sit and go blind in my dreaming

and be that dream in purpose and device.

 

A fantasy of defeat, a strong strong man

older, but no wiser than the defect of love.

 

Way Out West

Way Out West

By Amiri Baraka 1934–2014 Amiri Baraka

(For Gary Snyder)

As simple an act

as opening the eyes. Merely

coming into things by degrees.

 

Morning: some tear is broken

on the wooden stairs

of my lady’s eyes. Profusions

of green. The leaves. Their

constant prehensions. Like old

junkies on Sheridan Square, eyes

cold and round. There is a song

Nat Cole sings . . . This city

& the intricate disorder

of the seasons.

 

Unable to mention

something as abstract as time.

 

Even so, (bowing low in thick

smoke from cheap incense; all

kinds questions filling the mouth,

till you suffocate & fall dead

to opulent carpet.) Even so,

 

shadows will creep over your flesh

& hide your disorder, your lies.

 

There are unattractive wild ferns

outside the window

where the cats hide. They yowl

from there at nights. In heat

& bleeding on my tulips.

 

Steel bells, like the evil

unwashed Sphinx, towing in the twilight.

Childless old murderers, for centuries

with musty eyes.

 

I am distressed. Thinking

of the seasons, how they pass,

how I pass, my very youth, the

ripe sweet of my life; drained off . . .

 

Like giant rhesus monkeys;

picking their skulls,

with ingenious cruelty

sucking out the brains.

 

No use for beauty

collapsed, with moldy breath

done in. Insidious weight

of cankered dreams. Tiresias’

weathered cock.

 

Walking into the sea, shells

caught in the hair. Coarse

waves tearing the tongue.

 

Closing the eyes. As

simple an act. You float

 

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Ing’s Peace Project and Three young Taiwanese Ladies

Ing’s Peace Project

and

Three young Taiwanese Ladies

Visiting Us on Friday, December 27, 2013

 

 

Peace is love one another. 

 

Peace is everyone can live calmly with each other.

 

Peace is balance.

 Steve Mace, one of John pottery students and a friend, he brought three young Taiwanese ladies to visit us in our shop and gallery.  He wanted these young graduate university ladies to see our artwork and see the video of John’s performance of his play.  John and I were glad to see them.  We showed them our artwork.  They watched John’s video of his play “God is Puerto Rican”.  John performed one of the characters (http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=God+is+Puerto+Rican+video+by+John+Watts+YouTube&FORM=VIRE1#view=detail&mid=F516FE0E3F5024F8934CF516FE0E3F5024F8934C)

I showed the young ladies my Peace Project.  They gladly wrote their comments about “What does Peace mean to you?” on the Peace poster. I was happy to read their comments “Peace is love one another.”, and “Peace is everyone can live calmly with each other.”  I can relate to these two comments quite well but the last comment is more philosophical, “Peace is balance.”  It reminded me of one of Buddha’s philosophies “Practice moderation in life”.  The practice of moderation or balance is different for each individual.  It is difficult to quantify in specific detail.

 I asked them if they had more time to view my videos on YouTube.  The subject is my “Peace Come to you” poem which was translated into Chinese (Peace Comes To You” in the Chinese Language (6:36 minutes) Link to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCtytSBlysk)..  They replied “Oh yes, we have time.”  I also showed, “Golden Swallowtail Butterfly”, video that I produced and uploaded on YouTube (GoldenSwallowtailButterfly (8:15 minutes) Link to YouTube  http://youtu.be/KuFOnDoUMJc),   I proudly told them that I captured the image of the Swallowtail Butterfly in our backyard garden this summer.  They visited us on Friday, December 27, 2013. 

The young ladies seemed to have a good time and we enjoyed to have them.  Thanks to Steve Mace for bringing them to visit us.  They loved John’s small hand made bowls.  John told them to select some for themselves.  I gave them my peace poem that has my Thai translation.  We felt happy and fulfilled to see young people enthusiastic about seeing our artwork and enjoying their visit.

 Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Tuesday, January 07, 2014, 5:04 am    

  

 

 

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Happy New Year 2014 TO Everyone

May Peace Be With All of US

And Hope for A Peaceful World

 

Fireworks explode over the heads of tourists and locals as the clock hits midnight to celebrate the New Year on the waterfront in the New Zealandtown of Queenstown early on January 1, 2014.  (Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

Sydney Habour Australia displays beauty and sparking fireworks with fantastic lights for a prosperous New Year 2014

 

 Fireworks light up the sky as thousand of people gather to watch in the main business district on New Year’s Eve in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Photo: Tatan Syuflana, AP      

Balinese girls in tradition costumes gather during a parade for this year’s last sundown in Bali island, Indonesia on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31, 2013.  (AP photo/ Firdia Lisnawati)

Woman in traditional costumes danced during a parade for 2013’s last sundown on Bali, Indonesia.

Fireworks explode over the financial district at midnight in Singapore.  Wong Maye-E, AP 

Fireworks explode near Malaysia’s landmark Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.  Photo: Ahmad Yusni, epa 

 Fireworks light up the sky as Filipinos welcome the New Year Wednesday, January 1, 2014in Manila, Philippines.  (AP Photo/Bullit Marzuez) 

Fireworks light up the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.  Photo:  Kin Cheung, AP   

 

Fireworks explode from Taiwan’s tallest skyscraper, the Taipei 101 during 2014 New Year celebration in Taipei.  Photo: Stringer/Taiwan/ Reuters  

South Koreans gaze up at the bright display above their heads as they hail the start of 2014 on Jeju island

Fireworks explode over Juche Tower and the Taedong Riverin Pyongyang, North Koreato cerebrate the New Year on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. (AP photo/ Kim Kwang Hyon) 

People release balloons to celebrate the New Year in Tokyoon January 1, 2014.  About 2000 balloons were release in the air.  Kazuhiro Nogl, AFP/Getty Images   

A Japanese Shinto maiden (right) greets worshippers as they enter the Kanda shrine to celebrate the New Year in Tokyoon January 1, 2014.  Million of Japanese people visit shrines and temples to pray for the well-being of their families at the New Year.  (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images) 

The first-ever Bangkok Ball Drop at lebua – the world’s highest New year’s Eve ball Drop on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014, Thailand.  Photo: Luke Duggleby/AP  

 

Laser lights shoot from a tower during a New Year’s Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, December 31, 2013.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)  

 All together now, happy New Year!  Performers gather for a group photo after the end of a New Year’s Eve count down to 2014 in Beijing,China.  (AP)   

 Sportsmen in Allahabad, India light candles to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Madan Mohan Malviya Stadium.  Prabhat Kumar Verma/Demotix   

An Indian reveller poses on New Year’s Eve in Amritsaron December 31, 2013. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)   

Fireworks explode over Palm Jumeirah in Dubai on January 1, 2014 to celebrate the New Year. Dubai kicked off New Year with a dazzling bid for a new world record of cap those the Gulf city state already holds for its mammoth property developments.  The glittering fireworks display that lasted around six minutes spanned over 100 kilometers (60 miles) of the Dubai coast, which boasts an archipelago of man-made island and Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower.  AFP Photo/ Karim Sahib/AFP – Getty Images

The Russians greet the 2014 New Year at Red Square in Moscowwith impressive fireworks and hope that the New Year will bring more peace, equality and freedom for all Russians and for all mankind. 

January 1, 2014 Fireworks light the sky above the Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania shortly after midnight during the New Year Celebrations. (AP)  

 

Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, Germany, Europe lights up with fireworks when the clock strikes midnight and moves on to the new drawn of 2014, New year for the European Union to be joined firmly together with peace and happiness for all.   

Pyrotechnic show company “Group F” performs with fireworks in the Vieux Port (Old Port) of Marseille, southern France, on January 1, 2014, as part of New Year celebrations on the last day of the Marseille-Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture. Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP Getty – Images

London,United Kingdom awakes with colorful firework to welcome New Year of 2014.  Picture from ( AP)  

 

In Scotland, about 80,000 people are expected in Edinburgh city center for the famous Homanay street party   (Reuters) 

What a happy start to the New Year!  Alex Thomson steals a kiss from PC Heather Clark of Police Scotland   

Fireworks lit up Nathan Phillips Square inToronto,Canada. 

 

 New York’sTimes Squarea countdown and ball drop triggered celebrations for 2014 New Year. 

Grape Expectations In Mexico City

Locals head to the Zocalo,Mexico City’s main square to shout “Feliz ano Nuevo!” And when the clock strikes 12, they’ll pop a grape in their mouth at each chime and make a wish for each one.

As they nibble, it gets noisy as fire crackers, sparklers and fireworks light up the night sky.  Afterwards, energetic types head to the city’s night clubs and dance until dawn.

A professional diver holds a “Welcome 2014” banner while swimming next to a stingray during New Year celebrations inside a large aquarium at an ocean park in Manila December 31, 2013.  Neither an earthquake nor a super typhoon have dampened the country’s optimism as 94 percent are entering the New Year with hope instead of fear, according to a new survey by pollster Social Weather Stations reported on Tuesday.  (REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco) 

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Nelson Mandela’s Funeral Day

Nelson Mandela’s Funeral Day 

At Qunu, South Africa 

On Sunday, December 15, 2013 

Nelson Mandela’s funeral was on Sunday, December 15, 2013, the funeral service accompanied a mixture of rituals. His body was escorted by a full guard of honor and marked by a 21-gun salute, while warriors in traditional Xhosa dress chanted and danced.

There was a gathering of leaders from around the world in South Africa. Even though Nelson Mandela had gone, his legacy of political and other contribution to the society will be remembered always.

Another of his legacies was that for the first time in history, Nelson Mandela’s death brought people of all races, faiths, ages and income levels together to grieve as one in South Africa.

Inside the marquee, Nelson Mandela’s portrait had been placed behind 95 candles, representing one for each year of the late president’s life.

The final journey: Nelson Mandela’s coffin was carried by coffin bearers in Qunu, the late South Africa leader’s childhood home.  Photo: SAEC/Reuters

Funeral guests and members of the South Africa Defense Forces prepare for Mandela’s funeral on his family’s property, in Qunu,South Africa.   Photograph: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images

 A military honor guard lines the route for former South Africa president Nelson Mandela’s funeral procession as it makes its way to his final resting place in his home village of Qunu, on Sunday, December 15, 2013.

At the end of memorial ceremony a military guard of honor carried Nelson Mandela’s coffin, draped in the South Africa flag, out of marquee as the audience sang.

A marching platoon of the presidential guard, wearing green ceremonial uniforms and carrying rifles with fixed bayonets, escorted the coffin, which had been transferred to a gun carriage, to the burial site.

 Member of the South Africa Navy lined the road from the Mandela family house to his burial site in Qunu.

Left-Soldiers stand at attention over former South Africa president Nelson Mandela’s casket before his burial in his home village of Qunu, Sunday, December 15, 2013.

Right-Nelson Mandela was laid to rest following a short graveside sermon by Bishop Siwa.  As a military bugler played the Last Post, followed by Reveille, the pall bearers saluted and then withdraw as did the cameras, allowing the Mandela family a private moment at the graveside.

 A flypast took place as former South Africa president Nelson Mandela was laid to rest.

On a hill overlooking Qunu, Zulu men performed a traditional dance.

Inside the marquee guests listen to the speeches contributing to the late former South Africa president Nelson Mandela at his home village of Qunu, on Sunday, December 15, 2013.        Nelson Mandela spent much of his childhood in the small, Eastern Cape village of Qunu– a place he chose to return to after his release from prison. The ceremony was held in a marquee constructed for the event.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, left, Mandela’s former second wife Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, center, stand by his coffin.  Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty images

 After the two-hour service, Nelson Mandela’s Thembu community will conduct a private traditional Xhosa ceremony – including songs and poems about Mandela’s life and his achievements.

Nelson Mandela’s daughter Makaziwe told the BBC earlier in the week that the former president’s family gathered around him to say goodbye in his final hour.  She is seen here arriving for the funeral in Qunu.

Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, Nandi speaks to attendees.  She recounted stories and anecdotes of her grandfather’s family life, “He was a true servant of the people, his mission in life was to make lives better.” She says, “He truly cared for his family and children.”    Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty images

 Anti-aparteid activist and close friend of Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, gives a speech during the funeral ceremony of South Africa former president Nelson Mandela in Qunu on Sunday, December 15, 2013. Kathrada was sentenced to life imprisonment alongside Mandela in 1964.   Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty images

 Left-The President of South Africa Jacob Zuma addresses his tribute to former president Nelson Mandela.

Right-Following his speech President Zuma received thanks from Nelson Mandela’s former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.   

Left- Jesse Jackson, left, greets Zambia founding president, Kenneth Kaunda.

Right-Oprah Winfrey, center, her husband, Stedman Graham, left, and Richard Branson, right attend the service. Photograph:  AFP/Getty images   

Left-Prince Charles was among the guests that attended the funeral of South Africaf ormer president Nelson Mandela in Qunu on Sunday, December 15, 2013.

Right-The former South Africa president Thabo Mbeki talks to Norway’s former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.   

People gather to pay their last respect at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.  Photograph: Foto24/Getty images

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