Monthly Archives: April 2017

“But to tear down a factory or to revolt against a government or to avoid repair of a motorcycle because it is a system is to attack effects rather than causes; and as long as the attack is upon effects only, no change is possible. The true system, the real system, is our present construction of systematic thought itself, rationality itself, and if a factory is torn down but the rationality which produced it is left standing, then that rationality will simply produce another factory. If a revolution destroys a systematic government, but the systematic patterns of thought that produced that government are left intact, then those patterns will repeat themselves in the succeeding government. There’s so much talk about the system. And so little understanding.”

Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

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Ghosts of Evolution

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-kYjjphxJY
WALK-in’ DOWN a CI-TY STREET, orange BALLS at my FEET
. . . Small CAR-ri-on-FEED-ing DIN-O-SAURS: they’re TAK-ing a TREAT
They’ve been EAT-ing . . . GINK-GO FRUIT . . . since the MID-dle Jur-AS-SIC
. . . EAT ’em up DI-nos, ELSE THEY’RE SQUASHED by ALL of this TRAF-FIC

GHOSTS . . . GHOSTS . . . I’m SEE-ing GHOSTS of E-vo-LU-TION
DEEP . . . TIME . . . EYES . . . give me FOS-sil RE-so-LU-TION
GHOSTS . . . GHOSTS . . . I’m SEE-ing MON-sters EV’ry-WHERE
a-NA-chron-IS-tic FRUITS AND THORNS are GIV-ing ME a SCARE

LEARN to SEE a GI-ant SLOTH or BIG-TUSKED MAS-to-DON
. . . Take a TRIP to a LO-cal GRO-CRY STORE with DAD-dy OR with MOM
. . . Look for BINS of BIG FRUIT . . . WITH their . . . HU-mun-gous SEED
Just WHO COULD SWAL-low and POOP THOSE PITS,
Who COULD those BIG FRUITS FEED?

PON-der A-vo-CA-DO . . be-FORE it’s GUA-ca-MO-LE
To PLANT THOSE PITS in a MOUND OF POOP takes a BIG BUTT, HO-ly MO-ly!
Who’s LIV-ing THERE to-DAY . . . in the HILLS of pe-RU?
Whose AN-AL SPHINC-ter-could HAN-DLE-the-JOB-that GROUND SLOTHS USED to DO?
Or-may-be-it-was TOX-o-DON who CO-E-VOLVED that DARK GREEN en-IG-MA?
Chuck-ie D found TO-xy’s SKULL AND BONES on the PLAINS of AR-gen-TI-NA

GHOSTS . . . GHOSTS . . . I’m SEE-ing GHOSTS of E-vo-LU-TION
DEEP . . . TIME . . . EYES . . . give me FOS-sil RE-so-LU-TION
GHOSTS . . . GHOSTS . . . I’m SEE-ing MON-sters EV’ry-WHERE
a-NA-chron-IS-tic FRUITS AND THORNS are GIV-ing ME a SCARE

What a-BOUT THOSE JUI-cy MAN-GO FRUITS e-VOLVED in TROP-i-cal A-SIA?
Who could SWAL-low-and-POOP-those-PITS-WITH-OUT-get-ting-MASS-IVE HIP dis-PLAY-SIA
****Well . . . CER-tain-ly . . . EL . . .E-PHANTS and RHI-NO-cer-OUS
But THEY’RE NOT GHOSTS at LEAST NOT YET ex-TINCT be-CAUSE of US.

GHOSTS . . . GHOSTS . . . I’m SEE-ing GHOSTS of E-vo-LU-TION
DEEP . . . TIME . . . EYES . . . give me FOS-sil RE-so-LU-TION
GHOSTS . . . GHOSTS . . . I’m SEE-ing MON-sters EV’ry-WHERE
a-NA-chron-IS-tic FRUITS AND THORNS are GIV-ing ME a SCARE

No SU-PER-MAR-ket-SELLS-a-MER-i-ca’s GE-NUS mac-LUR-A
But HORS-es ATE those GREEN SOFT-BALLS, of THAT I CAN as-SURE YA
a-na-chron-IS-TIC THOSE . . . FRUITS BE-CAME when HOR-ses WENT ex-TINCT
. . . HERE-in-the a-MER-I-CAS, post-PLEIST-O-CENE I THINK
But the SPAN-IARDS BROUGHT the HOR-SES BACK and LOOSED THEM ON the LAND
Ma-CLUR-A TREES have a PART-NER NOW, they can MAKE a-NO-ther STAND

I’m seeing . . .

GHOSTS . . . GHOSTS . . . I’m SEE-ing GHOSTS of E-vo-LU-TION
DEEP . . . TIME . . . EYES . . . give me FOS-sil RE-so-LU-TION
GHOSTS . . . GHOSTS . . . I’m SEE-ing MON-sters EV’ry-WHERE
a-NA-chron-IS-tic FRUITS AND THORNS are GIV-ing ME a SCARE

The SAD-DEST PLANT has GOT TO BE our LOVE-ly HO-ney LO-CUST
Its MAS-SIVE SEED pods HAVE NO FRIENDS I can SEE in FOS-sil-FO-CUS
And WHAT a-BOUT its TRUNK OF THORNS? Now TELL me WHAT that’s FOR?
. . . DREAM-ing TUSKS of MAS-TO-DONS strip-ping BARK to EAT once MORE
In a COLD . . . BLEAK . . . WIN-TER . . . when NO-thing ELSE is GREEN
Oh NO, those TIMES have-LONG SINCE PASSED; this IS the HO-lo-CENE

You can STILL find this AWE . . . SOME TREE be-DECKED in PODS and THORNS
. . . IN THE WILDS of the PRAIR-IE STATES . . . LOOK-ing SO for-LORN
So SHUT YOUR EYES in HOR-ROR . . . when IN a PARK-ing LOT
These HARD-y TREES were BRED BY US to HAVE NO PODS to ROT
Noth-ing MES-sy AT ALL . . . to SWEEP UP or CLOT . . .
No THORNS to POKE a PASS-ER-BY or SKEW-er a TOT.

GHOSTS . . . GHOSTS . . . I’m SEE-ing GHOSTS of E-vo-LU-TION
DEEP . . . TIME . . . EYES . . . give me FOS-sil RE-so-LU-TION
GHOSTS . . . GHOSTS . . . I’m SEE-ing MON-sters EV’ry-WHERE
a-NA-chron-IS-tic FRUITS AND THORNS are GIV-ing ME a SCARE

crizzle

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/27/robert-macfarlane-word-hoard-rewilding-landscape

Cry

1st Verse:
I done had money
I done been broke
I done been talked about something awful
Done been lied on by so many folks
I done even been depressed at times
And didn’t wanna cry cause my pride was too strong
But over the years I thought it over
And after struggling for so long and still holding on
I figured, can’t be nothing all that wrong with crying
If anybody says that they’re that strong they’re lying
See crying is like taking your soul to the Laundromat
It’s like the feeling that you get
When you see your Grand-mama smile
Or the heavens open up and blessing rain down
Go on child and cry
Go on and cry, cry, cry
We can cry together

2nd Verse:
See I done been a player
I done been played
I done went for some of the oldest tricks
From some of the coldest chicks God done ever made
Said I done even had a venereal disease
And didn’t wanna go to the clinic, all that attention embarrassing me
But over the years I’ve learned to understand
That I don’t really give a damn what nobody say, I’m a man
And we cry
We can cry, we can cry, we can cry together

Bridge:
Talkin’ bout wo wo wo yea yea yea
They say a man ain’t supposed to cry
But I know, know, know
Fasho’ sho’, sho’
That even men go through problems somtime
Cry

Lyfe Jennings  “Lyfe 268‒192

Finding Faith on the Farm By Jeff Chu

http://modernfarmer.com/2017/03/finding-faith-farm/

Eight recipes from Around the Roman Table Food and Feasting in Ancient Rome

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/233472.html