HAIKUS: June 2007

By Peter Y. Chou

These haikus were written as exercises in mindfulness—
an attempt to catch the fleeting moment in my daily walks,
while reading, listening to music, and pondering about life.
(Underlined words are not for emphasis but to web links.)
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Friday, June 1, 2007, 10:48 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: George Frederick Handel
"Water Music: Suite #2" (1717) (listen)

Water Music wakes
me from sleep. Sages say dreams
and waking are not real.
Friday, June 1, 2007, 12:24 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Jean Sibelius
Finlandia (1900) (listen)

This is my song that
peace transcends in every place—
Here's A Song of Peace.
Friday, June 1, 2007, 3:15 pm
Looking at Prof. Bukatman's office door—
Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis jumping photo
from Philippe Halsman's Jump Book

Dynamic photo
of Dean and Jerry jumping—
my favorite book!
Friday, June 1, 2007, 3:15 pm
Looking at Prof. Bukatman's office door—
Calvin & Hobbes comic strip
discussing high and low art.

Painting is sublime—
high art. Comic strip's vapid
and hack work— low art.
Friday, June 1, 2007, 3:30 pm
Talk with Prof. Pavle Levi in his office
on writing paper for "Cinema-Machine"
He suggests reading Jean-Louis Baudry

Can yoga stop our
desires? Can cinema show
us our transcendence?
Friday, June 1, 2007, 9:30 pm
Stanford Japanese Film Festival:
Shohei Imamura,
Hogs and Battleships

Mobsters act like pigs,
then get stampeded by them
rampaging the streets.
Saturday, June 2, 2007, 11:22 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Antonin Dvorak (listen)
"In Nature's Realm Overture", Op. #91 (1891)

In nature's realm, man
is so small compared to those
majestic mountains.
Saturday, June 2, 2007, 12:25 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Georges Enesco
Romanian Rhapsody #1 (1901) (listen)

I'm spinning faster
and faster to this music—
Whirling Dervishes!.
Saturday, June 2, 2007, 11 am & 11 pm
Rudy brings me case of apricots, Mtn View;
Susan & AC bring me a bag of oranges,
Cubberley Pavilion dance, Palo Alto

Such good friends bring me
apricots and oranges—
gold gifts of sunshine!
Sunday, June 3, 2007, 12:40 pm
Listening to KDFC 102.1 FM Radio:
Domenico Zipoli
Elevazione (1715) (listen)

Ascension— not up
there somewhere, but down in here
is the real heaven!
Sunday, June 3, 2007, 12:40 pm
Listening to KDFC 102.1 FM Radio:
Ludwig van Beethoven (Listen)
Symphony #3 in E-Flat, Op. 55 "Eroica" (1804)

From the ashes of sorrow,
the hero rises to give
new light, fresh music!
Sunday, June 3, 2007, 12:48 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Joseph Haydn (listen)
Symphony #101 in D "Clock" (1793)
Card & photo from Emily on her graduation.

The Clock— How time flies!
My niece learning to walk— now
high school graduate!
Sunday, June 3, 2007, 1:01 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Sarah Chang
plays Niccolò Paganini (listen)
Violin Concerto #1 in D, Op. 6 (1817)

They say he played like
the devil, but she's playing
more like an angel.
Sunday, June 3, 2007, 3:45 pm
Green Library, Stanford University
Reading Longinus "On the Sublime" (c. 300 A.D.)
Chapter VII: Effects of Sublimity of the Soul

Our soul's uplifted
by the true sublime when we
hear what's really great.
Sunday, June 3, 2007, 4:30 pm
Green Library, Stanford University
Reading Longinus "On the Sublime"
Chapter XXII: Hyperbata (c. 300 A.D.)

Art is perfect when
it seems to be nature which
has art within her.
Sunday, June 3, 2007, 9:00 pm
Memorial Auditorium, Stanford Flicks
Kevin Munroe, "TMNT" (2007), Ninja Turtles:
Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael

Turtles named after
Renaissance masters fighting
evil with goodness!
Monday, June 4, 2007, 5:00 am
Reading Plato's "Republic" VII, 527e
on the Soul's Eye which outweighs 10,000 eyes
and realizing Michael Snow's "Région Centrale"
film ran for 3 hours or 10800 seconds.

Each second an eye,
more than 10,000 of them—
Our Eye of the Real!
Monday, June 4, 2007, 10:44 am
Listening to KDFC 102.1 FM Radio:
Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770) (listen)
Violin Sonata in G minor,
"The Devil''s Trill"
(18th century)

Inspired by a dream—
Devil came to his bed and
played the violin!
Monday, June 4, 2007, 11:44 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Frederic Chopin (listen)
Fantaisie-Impromptu in C# minor, Op. 66, (1834)

Music like a dream—
Floating like a cloud, I see
fields of daffodils.
Monday, June 4, 2007, 11:58 am
Ortega Ave., Mountain View, Following
a monarch butterfly to my bus stop.

Butterfly leads me
to El Camino Reál—
flying reel to real.
Monday, June 4, 2007, 1:00 pm
When I told Prof. Bukatman that Chinese
landscape art is sublime, he replied:

Chinese landscape art
is not sublime because they
don't evoke terror.
Monday, June 4, 2007, 1:00 pm
FilmStud 152/352: Scott Bukatman screens
Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounter"

The spaceship's sublime—
flies over Devil's Tower,
overshadows all.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 3:30 am
Reading Jean-Louis Baudry on transcendence
in the cinema & listening to Dr. Eric Pearl on
KSFO 560 AM Radio Coast-to-Coast interview.

The use of any
gift is in transcending it—
Ah, the dynamics!
Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 3:55 am
KSFO 560 AM: Eric Pearl says the exorcist
believes he's dispelling some evil demon
that's real. On his reconnective healing:

This healing works as
it dispels the illusion
that we exist!
Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 4:13 am
KSFO 560 AM: Eric Pearl quotes from film
"Resurrection" (1980) when Edna (Ellen Burstyn)
was told not to have her hopes high on healing
the patient since X-rays showed cancer. She said:

"You know what? I'm a
step ahead of you. Haven't
looked at her records."
Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 4:55 am
KSFO 560 AM: Eric Pearl says reconnective
healing is not about belief or knowledge.
Healing is mind over matter. Our bodies are
vehicles as learning experience for others.

This healing transcends
all techniques— not by doing
but by the being.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 5:30 am
Reading Jean-Louis Baudry,
"Ideological Effects of the Basic
Cinematographic Apparatus

The projector, screen,
darkened hall in cinema
is like Plato's Cave.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 6:15 am
Home in Mtn View: Reading Jean-Louis Baudry,
"The Apparatus: Metapsychological Approaches
to the Impression of Reality in Cinema

Where's the projector
and screen when we dream? Whose show
is it when we wake?
Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 2:00 pm
Friend takes me to Los Altos Library,
then grocery shopping at
Milk Pail and Safeway

Roma tomatoes,
baby carrots, blueberries,
milk, salmon fillets.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 3:50 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Joshua Bell
plays Jules Massenet (listen)
Thaïs: Meditation, (1894)

Lush sounds stream out from
his Stradavarius strings—
and my spirit soars!
Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 5:00 pm
Email from my niece Elisa on
Sophia Ann Wei-Ching Lubin born
Sunday, June 3, 2007 3:35 am

Little Sophie's here!
Welcome Babe of wisdom— born
Sunday like your Mom!
Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 8:00 pm
FilmStud 152: Annenberg Auditorium
Douglas Trumbull, "Brainstorm" (1983)
Michael experiences his wife Karen's feelings

When we're aware of
other's feelings, we become
more compassionate.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 8:30 pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Douglas Trumbull,
"Brainstorm", Screen ratio expands from
1.66:1 to 2.2:1 during virtual reality scenes

Roller coaster ride,
ocean surfing, hand gliding
and mind expanding!
Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 9:00 pm
FilmStud 152: Annenberg Auditorium
Douglas Trumbull, "Brainstorm" (1983)
Michael experiences Lillian's death via headgear

Reliving her death
via playback gear— he sees spheres
of butterfly light!
Wednesday, June 6, 2007, 11:40 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Mozart (listen)
Symphony #40 in G minor, K.550, (1788)

Robert Schumann likes
its "Grecian lightness and grace",
but storm is coming!
Wednesday, June 6, 2007, 2:30 pm
FilmStud 152/352: Pavle Levi screens
Joseph Ruben's "Dreamscape"

Trained psychics can come
into your dreams and scare you
to madness and death!
Wednesday, June 6, 2007, 3:00 pm
FilmStud 152/352: Cinema-Machine
Pavle Levi screens John Carpenter's
"Prince of Darkness"
(1987) (photos)

Evil's not in us,
but Satan's in that flask of
green spinning liquid.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007, 3:30 pm
FilmStud 152/352: Pavle Levi lectures on
the Latham loop which reduced strain
and prevented film strips from breaking.

This loop extended
curvature of space so that
film strips would not break.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007, 5:40 pm
Stanford Art Library, Cummings Building
Reading Laura Mulvey's "Death 24x A Second"
"The Index and the Uncanny" (2006)

Camera eye captures
"the this-was now here" without
the human factor.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007, 10:00 pm
Reflecting on Woodville Latham and sons forming
Lambda Company with patent for Latham loop and
Milton S. Latham, California Governor for 5-days

Lived on Latham Street
for ten years knowing Lambda
but not Latham Loop.
Thursday, June 7, 2007, 2:48 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Joseph Haydn (listen)
Symphony #101 in D "Clock" (1793)

Tick tock, Haydn's Clock
tells us time is flying by—
so use it wisely!
Thursday, June 7, 2007, 3:33 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Johann Strauss, Jr.
Artist's Life Waltz, Op. 316 (1867) (Listen)

A pensive waltz tune
inspires the artist to paint
our wonderful life!
Thursday, June 7, 2007, 5:30 pm
"Skin Cells Work Like Stem Cells" article
in NY Times but not in Mercury News website

Breakthrough science nowhere
in the Mercury News— just
Paris Hilton fluff!
Friday, June 8, 2007, 1:44 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Robert Schumann
Symphony #2 in C, Op. 61 (1845) (Listen)

Such a romantic—
married to Clara Wieck and
mentor to young Brahms.
Friday, June 8, 2007, 10:00 pm
Green Library, Stanford University
Reading Buddha's "Dhammapada" Verse #83

The wise gives up all.
The righteous do not desire
for sensuous pleasures.
Friday, June 8, 2007, 11:00 pm
Reading "Bhagavad Gita" II.55
Krishna speaks on tranquil wisdom

When one surrenders
all desires, his soul finds joy
and peace of mind.
Saturday, June 9, 2007, 4:00 am
Reading Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching" 37:
"The nameless uncarved block
Is but freedom from desire"

And if I cease to
desire and remain still, then
all will be at peace.
Saturday, June 9, 2007, 5:00 am
Reading "Signs of the Unseen:
Discourses of Jalaluddin Rumi" Ch. 31
God asks Bayazid what he wanted.

"I want not to want."
There is no more agony
when you stop wanting.
Sunday, June 10, 2007, 1:11 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Felix Mendelssohn (listen)
Violin Concerto in E, Op. 64 (1798)

Mendelssohn's music
so romantic— reminds me
of his grandfather.
Sunday, June 10, 2007, 9:00 pm
Memorial Auditorium, Stanford Flicks
Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate

Stanford students wear
their caps and gowns while watching
The Graduate film.
Sunday, June 10, 2007, 9:00 pm
Director Mike Nichols honors Fellini's "8‡"
casting Eddra Gale (La Saraghina) as
the woman on the bus in The Graduate

La Saraghina
and Mrs. Robinson taught
young Guido and Ben.
Sunday, June 10, 2007, 11:55 pm
Green Library, Stanford University
Bookmarking "Sunday NY Times" June 10:
The first filly win at Belmont in 102 years.

Rags to Riches wins
Belmont— first filly triumph
since 1905!
Monday, June 11, 2007, 11:44 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Tchaikovsky (listen)
Andante Cantabile (1888)

Music of sorrow
teaches our soul lessons on
stillness and silence.
Monday, June 11, 2007, 12:02 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Franz Liszt (listen)
La Campanella (1838)

Little bells peeling
high in the church towers as
sparrows chirp along.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 2:26 pm
Listening to KDFC 102.1 FM Radio:
Ottorino Respighi (listen)
Botticelli Triptych "Trittico Botticelliano" (1927)

Venus on seashell—
born from the waves and west wind,
O Goddess of Love!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 7:50 pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building
Stanford MFA Documentary Film Spring Screening
John Kane, "B for Break": 5-year old Vashaun

Spinning on his head,
he is learning break dancing—
Big smile on his face!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 8:10 pm
Stanford MFA Documentary Film Spring Screening
Peter Jordan, "The Champ": 17-year old, Fatima
takes up boxing in East Palo Alto to vent out
her anger and learn about discipline and life.

She's building a life
of confidence through boxing—
a strong-minded gal!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 8:20 pm
Stanford MFA Documentary Film Spring Screening
Kelcey Edwards, "A Portrait of the Poet as a Young Dog": Film about San Francisco poet, August Kleinzahler with solarisation effects.

Is this a dog's world
view, seeing with the eyes of
Seurat and Monet?
Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 8:50 pm
Stanford MFA Documentary Film Spring Screening
Emmanuel Dayan, "Looking for 150": Jeffrey Harrison, a sperm donor, who lives in a RV on Venice Beach, and meeting his teenage daughters.

He's a free spirit—
fathering dozens of kids
via sperm donation.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 9:20 pm
Stanford MFA Documentary Film Spring Screening
Nick Berger, on filming "The Legend of Rosalie": Slab City, a desert community where a bubbly woman has built a library from salvaged objects.

Can't wait around for
the perfect moment— just shoot
everyday events.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 11:55 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Franz Schubert (listen)
Nocturne in E-Flat, D. 897 (1826)

This music soars to
heavenly heights— joyous flight
to peaceful delight.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 12:50 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Frederic Chopin (listen)
Waltz #1 in E-Flat, Op. 18 (1830)

A relaxing waltz
to dance around the ballroom
gliding one, two, three.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 10:00 pm
Green Library, Stanford University
George Noory responds to email about
sending healing energy & prayers for Cay

George found time to write:
"Will do— a great hospital"
This was a surprise!
Thursday, June 14, 2007, 1:20 am
After Stanford Library closed at midnight,
I take Bus #22 home to find Rudy bringing me
apricots from his aunt's backyard in Thornton

Rudy's at my door—
two buckets of apricots
from his aunt's backyard.
Thursday, June 14, 2007, 12:22 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Ludwig van Beethoven (listen)
Piano Concerto #5 in Eb "Emperor" (1811)

Beethoven bows to
no royalty. We artists
are kings of the world.
Thursday, June 14, 2007, 11:55 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orfeo: Dance of the Blessed Spirits (1762) (listen)

Orpheus imploring
to the Spirits— O give me
back my Eurydice!
Friday, June 15, 2007, 10:15 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Tchaikovsky (listen) (1893)
Symphony #6 in b minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique"

Tchaikovsky's swan song—
an upbeat march to despair
darkness, gloom and death.
Friday, June 15, 2007, 11:05 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Igor Stravinsky
Pulcinella Suite (1920)

Picasso's costumes
and stage design made this nice
ballet a success.
Friday, June 15, 2007, 11:32 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: George Frideric Handel,
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (1748) (Listen)

Sheba brings King gold—
Why six hundred sixty-six?
Is she the Temptress?
Friday, June 15, 2007, 12:00 pm
Reading San Jose Mercury News, 6-15-2007, B1
Mike Cassidy, "Fertile Ground for Learning"

What a way to learn!
Teaching kids patience and work—
planting a garden!
Friday, June 15, 2007, 1:30 pm
Timothy Hopkins Room, Green Library
Talking to Sally Treadway, Operating Manager
of the Associates of Stanford Libraries

Best view on campus!
The Timothy Hopkins Room—
a breath of fresh air!
Friday, June 15, 2007, 1:30 pm
Timothy Hopkins Room, Green Library
Sally Treadway tells me on the dissolving
of the Associates of Stanford Libraries

After four decades—
Associates of Libraries
gone for lack of funds.
Friday, June 15, 2007, 7:40 pm
Foothill College Krause Center, Los Altos Hills
I point to Jack Mike Cassidy's "Fertile Ground"
but he notices article on "Rape spree in Gilroy"

Jack ignores good news
and sees bad story instead—
that's why he's so mad!
Friday, June 15, 2007, 9:30 pm
Home in Mountain View after Jack gives me
ride home while ranting on how George W. Bush
has wrecked havoc on America and the world.

I give Jack a bag
of apricots to enjoy
with his Mom at home.
Saturday, June 16, 2007, 2:30 am
Listening to KSFO 560 AM Radio:
John B. Wells interviews Ray Bradbury (age 87),
and asks him about love.

Write what you love. Love
what you write. Love what you do
and those around you.
Saturday, June 16, 2007, 2:45 am
KSFO 560 AM— Coast-to-Coast.am
John B. Wells interviews Ray Bradbury,
and asks him about his conception of God

We're the audience
of this theater universe.
We're the flesh of God.
Saturday, June 16, 2007, 3:00 am
After Ray Bradbury's live interview (10:20-11 pm),
I listen again to repeat (2:20-3 am) to take notes.
Ray never responded negatively to any issues.

Only positive
messages from Ray— he's such
an inspiring light!
Saturday, June 16, 2007, 2:10 pm
Reading Ray Bradbury's 1932 encounter with
magician Electrico who told him "Live forever!"
at a carnival after his uncle's funeral.

Stream of tears flowing
at Ray's illumination
by true magician!
Sunday, June 17, 2007, 10:42 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Sarah Chang
plays Camille Saint-Saëns (listen)
Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 (1863)

Pizzicato strings
sweep me above the earth and
I'm floating in space.
Sunday, June 17, 2007, 2:00 pm
Friend takes me grocery shopping at
Mtn View Market, Milk Pail, Trader Joe's,
and Los Altos Library before hiking

Firm tofu, bean curd,
water chestnuts, blueberries,
broccoli and eggs.
Sunday, June 17, 2007, 4:35 pm
Portola Valley: Toyon Trail: Yerba buena
(good herb) plant patch with mint scent

Seven-year old Adam
climbs tree like a chimpanzee
while parents watch on.
Sunday, June 17, 2007, 5:30 pm
Toyon Trail: After passing by bend with
two buckeye trees, one yellow, one green.

Big butterfly flies
over me as little ones
flutter all around.
Sunday, June 17, 2007, 5:38 pm
Toyon Trail: Seeing a young bay tree
that's straight as a telephone pole

An inch-width bay tree
shoots up straight as an arrow
some twenty feet high!
Sunday, June 17, 2007, 5:40 pm
Toyon Trail: Seeing a madrone tree
(nick-named "refrigerator tree")

I touch your cool bark
with heart inscribed "I Love You"
and say "I do too."
Sunday, June 17, 2007, 5:55 pm
Toyon Trail: Message carved on
wooden seat of a swing on an oak tree

Whoever sits on
this swing is free— free from pain,
free to live, to fly.
Sunday, June 17, 2007, 6:00 pm
Toyon Trail: Swing tied with
two ropes on an old oak tree

Climbed on high swing
only to somersault down
back flip to the earth.
Sunday, June 17, 2007, 7:17 pm
Portola Valley: Toyon Trail,
On the right side of Old Spanish Trail,
an old oak tree that's over 300 years old.

Touch my head on old
oak tree and pray: "Peace for all.
Please peace for this earth."
Sunday, June 17, 2007, 9:00 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Hilary Hahn plays
Johann Sebastian Bach (listen), CD (1720)
Violin Concerto #1 in A minor, BWV 1041

Heavenly music—
nice way to relax after
the Toyon Trail hike.
Monday, June 18, 2007, 9:53 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Joseph Curiale (listen)
Gates of Gold: Call of the Mountain (1995)

Gate of Gold wakes me—
Real treasure not metallic
but resides in us.
Monday, June 18, 2007, 10:10 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony #7 in A, Op. 92 (1812) (Listen)

Richard Wagner danced
to this music with Franz Liszt
at the piano!
Monday, June 18, 2007, 2:00 pm
Friend takes me grocery shopping
at Safeway, Mountain View

Mozzarella cheese,
milk, butter pecan ice cream,
potato salad.
Monday, June 18, 2007, 2:45 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Émile Waldteufel (Listen)
"Les Patineurs" Skaters' Waltz, Op. 183 (1882)

Wonderful waltz tune—
Winter skaters spinning at
Rockefeller Rink!
Monday, June 18, 2007, 5:05 pm
Foothill College Computer Lab, Palo Alto
Colleague Bill Morrison tells me about
his 12-year old grandson Timmy's question

"Grandpa— Have you learned
something new today you did
not know yesterday?"
Monday, June 18, 2007, 5:15 pm
Foothill College Computer Lab, Palo Alto
I invite Bill Morrison to my web site
and my favorite stamp "Glow" by Albers

Learning never ends—
Every step leads to learning.
Learn something new now.
Monday, June 18, 2007, 11:00 pm
KSFO 560 AM— George Noory interviews
Howard Bloom: Magic Johnson can spot open man on basketball court faster than IBM's Deep Blue

Deep Blue would take days
to do what Magic Johnson
does in one second.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 1:00 am
KSFO 560 AM— Coast-to-Coast.am
George Noory interviews Alvin Toffler,
about the "Fourth Wave" economy

Consumers working
without pay— ATMs
and shopping checkouts.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 10:15 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Frederic Chopin (Listen)
Fantasy on Polish Airs, Op. 13 (1834) (midi)

Tinkle of tiny
bells wake me up to cascade
of clear waterfall.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 11:42 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Felix Mendelssohn (Listen)
Symphony #3 in A minor "Scottish" (1842)

Music for chase scene—
Galloping horses running
after the stagecoach.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 1:00 pm
Phone conversation on hero worship
to inspire one's work in art & science

Newton, Maxwell, and
Einstein inspired my research
in science and proteins.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 2:30 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Billy Joel (Listen)
Waltz #1 (Nunley's Carousel) (2001)

Classical music
written by rock star on his
childhood carousel.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 4:00 pm
Green Library, Stanford University
Reading Dana Gioia's Commencement Address

Trade easy pleasures
for more challenging ones— be
active in the arts.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 4:30 pm
Reading Dana Gioia's poem "Autumn Inaugural"
at the end of his Stanford Commencement Address

Praise to innocence—
let the old be touched by youth's
learning something new.
Thursday, June 21, 2007, 10:15 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Ludwig van Beethoven (Listen)
Symphony #6 in F, Op.68 "Pastoral" (1808)

It's summer solstice!
Longest daylight of the year—
Sun at its zenith.
Thursday, June 21, 2007, 10:30 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Georges Bizet (Listen)
The Pearl Fishers: Romance (1863)

I'm a pearl fisher—
diving in the ocean for
the Pearl of Great Price.
Thursday, June 21, 2007, 12:50 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: George Gershwin (Listen)
Porgy and Bess: Summertime (1935)

Summertime is here—
lots of sunlight to enjoy
outdoor hikes and sports.
Thursday, June 21, 2007, 2:30-3:30 pm
Elephant Pharmacy, Los Altos
Tai Chi exercise with Joe Deisher

Learn to be supple
in body, mind, and spirit,
breathing like a babe.
Friday, June 22, 2007, 10:55 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Pablo de Sarasate (Listen)
Zigeunerweisen "Gypsy Airs" (1878)

Villagers gather
around the gypsy fiddler
who dazzles them all!
Friday, June 22, 2007, 11:32 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Mozart (Listen)
Piano Sonata #16 in C, K.545 (1788)

Did Mozart see this
Breughel painting Children's Games?
Motion everywhere!
Friday, June 22, 2007, 11:47 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Alexander Mackenzie
Benedictus, Op. 37 #3 (1888) (Listen)

This feeling of calm
as if angels have come here
to give us blessings.
Friday, June 22, 2007, 7:15 pm
Friends Meeting House, Palo Alto
"Waverley Writers 25th Anniversary Book" Party

Company of friends
reading poetry together
for 25 years.
Friday, June 22, 2007, 8:00 pm
April Eiler reads Margaret Mullen's poem
"The Fact of Me Angers Him". Later, I tell April
what William Stafford told me about this poem
at the Foothill Writers Conference, July 1988

William Stafford says
"I have the best poem this week
here in my pocket."
Friday, June 22, 2007, 8:50 pm
Friends Meeting House, Palo Alto
"Waverley Writers 25th Anniversary Book" Party
Sharon Olson plays tape of Dick Maxwell
reading his poem "Begin the Beguine"

Artie Shaw jazzing—
There is beauty and longing
for rhythm and blues.
Saturday, June 23, 2007, 10:27 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Roman Hofstetter
Serenade in C (1771)

The elves are dancing,
prancing around telling me
"Wake up to the Real!"
Saturday, June 23, 2007, 10:40 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Gustav Holst (Listen)
The Planets, Op. 32: Jupiter (1916)

Cascade of drumming—
Jupiter, bringer of joy,
proclaims peace on earth.
Saturday, June 23, 2007, 11:55 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Tomasso Albinoni
Adagio in G minor (1958) (Listen)

Magic strings— serene
music for meditation—
mind beyond space-time.
Saturday, June 23, 2007, 1:10 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Johannes Brahms (Listen)
Symphony #3, Op. 90 "Love of My Life" (1883)

The love of my life?—
Music, poetry, fine arts,
and everything else.
Saturday, June 23, 2007, 10:00 pm
Cubberley Pavilion, Palo Alto
Ballroom dancing foxtrot & two-step

Her hair brushes me—
golden strands of sunlight rays
make my spine tingle.
Sunday, June 24, 2007, 10;42 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Midori plays Max Bruch (Listen)
Violin Concerto #1 in G minor, Op. 26 (1866) (CD)

Her violin playing
wakes me up slowly from sleep
to joy of this world.
Sunday, June 24, 2007, 12:20 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Johann Strauss, Jr.
Blue Danube Waltz (1867) (Listen)

On the Beautiful
Blue Danube
— my favorite
dance— Viennese Waltz.
Sunday, June 24, 2007, 4:44 pm
Portola Valley: Coal Miner Ridge,
Meeting horses on the Old Spanish Trail

White and brown horses
pass by on this equestrian
and pedestrian trail.
Sunday, June 24, 2007, 5:15 pm
Coal Miner Ridge: Arroyo Trail
Passing by Bay Tree with 13 trunks

Bay Tree with thirteen
trunks, one for each colony—
Independence Tree!
Sunday, June 24, 2007, 6:15 pm
Coal Miner Ridge: Old Spanish Trail
Paying respect to 300-year old Oak Tree

With my head against
this old oak— prayer for peace and
harmony for all.
Sunday, June 24, 2007, 6:30 pm
Coal Miner Ridge: Toyon Trail
Finding Madrone Tree with Heart "I Love You"

I've come back for you
with hugs and kisses— oh my
Madrone Tree— my bride!
Sunday, June 24, 2007, 7:00 pm
Toyon Trail: Around the bend,
four Oak Trees with hole in the middle

Four old Oak Trees like
the four elements of air,
fire, water, and earth.
Sunday, June 24, 2007, 7:15 pm
Coal Miner Ridge: Toyon Trail
Raising my arms to the Sun over the hill

Thanks to Surya
Lord of the Sun for your warmth
and blessings of Light!
Sunday, June 24, 2007, 7:37 pm
Alpine Road, Portola Valley
Seeing Crow & Coyote on the way home

Giant Crow hops by bush.
Coyote runs across road.
The Trickster is here!
Sunday, June 24, 2007, 9:00 pm
Janine Jansen plays Vivaldi,
"The Four Seasons: Winter" (1723) (listen)

Pizzicato strings
bring raindrops down from heaven
as they turn to snow.
Sunday, June 24, 2007, 11:00 pm
Cathy phones from Las Vegas
to wish me "Happy Birthday

I tell her Goethe's
Elective Affinities
to teach chemistry.
Sunday, June 24, 2007, 11:32 pm
KSFO 560 AM Radio: Art Bell interviews
Dr. Richard Massey, Cal-Tech astronomer

Dark matter formed first
scaffolding the universe,
gluing everything.
Sunday, June 24, 2007, 11:45 pm
KSFO 560 AM Radio: Art Bell interviews
Dr. Richard Massey, Cal-Tech astronomer

Dark energy makes
the universe larger by
pushing things apart.
Monday, June 25, 2007, 4:44 am
Reading Calvin Tomkins's Bride and the Bachelors:
John Cage, composer & mycologist was
delighted to discover that "mushroom" and
"music" are contiguous in most dictionaries

Music— found between
mushroom and musing— springing
from meditation.
Monday, June 25, 2007, 4:55 am
After reading about "music" & "mushroom",
curiosity made me look up Webster Dictionary
to find "art" sandwiched between "arrow" and
"Artemis", Greek moon goddess of hunting

Between arrow and
Artemis (Moon goddess of
hunting)— one finds art!
Monday, June 25, 2007, 3:00 pm
Crazy Buffet, El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
Birthday luncheon with three friends

Sweet and sour soup,
salmon, shrimp, sesame balls,
snow peas, lychee fruit.
Monday, June 25, 2007, 4:00 pm
Fortune cookie from Crazy Buffet:
"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life"

Be mindful always—
Marvel and wonder at the
beauty of this world!
Monday, June 25, 2007, 10:30 pm
Message on my answering machine
Cathy phones again "Happy Birthday!"

After our hour chat
last night, she phones me again
on my real birthday.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007, 3:00 am
Marcel Duchamp's "Large Glass" (1915-1923)
"The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even"

Bachelors grinding
away— never possessing
the Bride beyond them.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007, 11:05 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Johannes Brahms (Listen)
Symphony #1 in C minor, Op. 68 (1862-1876)

Notes from Beethoven's
Ninth opens Brahm's Symphony
— how grand!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007, 1:30 pm
Friend takes me grocery shopping
at Milk Pail & Safeway, Mountain View

Bell peppers, garlic,
raspberries, sprouts, broccoli,
pickles, muesli.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 10:24 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Luigi Boccherini
String Quintet in E, Op. 13 #5 (c. 1790) (Listen)

Dancing minuets
under chandeliers whose lights
make everyone shine!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 10:48 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Jules Massenet
Thaïs: Meditation, (1894) (listen)

Relax to this tune—
so exquisite that you'll be
floating high on clouds!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 11:00 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Amilcare Ponchielli
La Gioconda: Dance of the Hours (1876) (Listen)

The hours are dancing
away— time flowing non-stop
to eternity!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 12:55 pm
KDFC 102.1 FM: Hector Berlioz
The Trojans: Ballet Music, (1860) (listen)

Dance of sooth-sayers
after the victory of
Aeneas in battle.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 10:22 pm
Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto
On my way to catch Bus #35, I wander
into the Argentine Tango Social Club
and with music wafting in my head—

I embrace Moonlight
as my partner dancing the
Argentine tango!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 11:55 pm
KSFO 560 AM— George Noory interviews
polygraph & biocommunication expert
Cleve Backster on his research into
electrical responses of plant life.

Bean sprouts receiving
praise grew much faster than those
group of sprouts ignored.
Thursday, June 28, 2007, 1:20 pm
Latham Street, Mountain View
Walking to Showers Drive for Bus #35

A giant crow cawing
on the tall eucalyptus
calling for its mate.
Thursday, June 28, 2007, 1:40 pm
Foothill College Middlefield Campus
Passing by girls rehearsing for a play

Actress— center stage!
Teenage girls practicing lines
for play Evil Queen.
Friday, June 29, 2007, 10:35 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Ludwig van Beethoven (Listen)
Finale, Symphony #5 in C minor, Op.67 (1808)

Music crescendo—
Spirit triumphant soaring
high beyond deep space!
Friday, June 29, 2007, 10:40 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Frederic Chopin (Listen) (midi)
Waltz #7 in C-sharp minor, Op. 64 #2, (1847)

Music to dance to—
Why it's "Veiled Melancholy"?
Behind joy— sorrow.
Saturday, June 30, 2007, 10:22 am
Friend phones me and this time
I remember it's her birthday and
recommend an enlightened poet

Sing "Happy Birthday"
to my friend. Tell her to read
Rumi for dessert.
Saturday, June 30, 2007, 10:45 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto #6 in Bb, (1721) (listen),
Bach applies for a job to Christian Ludwig:

Can write music with
the small amount of talent
God has given me.
Saturday, June 30, 2007, 11:44 am
KDFC 102.1 FM: Franz Lehar
Merry Widow Waltz, (1905) (listen)

We're waltzing around
the room turning and turning
like a carousel.
Saturday, June 30, 2007, 11:55 am
Showers Drive & El Camino, Mountain View
Advertising sign on the side of Bus #22

Giant sign on the bus—
"Life happens. Go with it."— but
I prefer to sit.
Saturday, June 30, 2007, 12:20-12:45 pm
No Stanford Shuttle Bus on weekends.
I walk up Galvez Street to Green Library.

Walking up Galvez,
I pass the eucalyptus
grove and fragrant air.
Saturday, June 30, 2007, 12:42 pm
Walking by Bing Wing behind Hoover Tower
something on the sidewalk stops me—

Twisted rubber band
shaped like "Infinity" stops
me to say "Slow Down!"

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