parable of the tiger cat…

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There was once a tiger-striped cat. This cat died a million deaths, and lived a million lives, and in those lives, various people owned him. None of those people he cared for. This cat was not afraid of death. One life, the cat became a stray cat, which meant it was free. And it met a white female cat. They became mates, and lived together. Time passed, the white cat passed away of old age. And the tiger- striped cat cried a million times. Eventually, the cat died again. But this time, it didn’t come back to life.

Excerpt: Keiko Nobumoto
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Feeling: exasperated..
Doing?  waiting…  waiting… waiting..   what is it about queues?

once upon a time..

12-bagpipe-frog-redmer-hoekstra-surreal-animals-ink-drawings-www-designstack-co……there was a king who had three beautiful daughters. As he grew old, he began to wonder which should inherit the kingdom, since none had married and he had no heir. The king decided to ask his daughters to demonstrate their love for him. To the eldest princess he said, “Tell me how you love me.” She loved him as much as all the treasure in the kingdom. To the middle princess he said, “Tell me how you love me.” She loved him with the strength of iron. To the youngest princess he said, “Tell me how you love me.” This youngest princess thought for a long time before answering. Finally she said she loved him as meat loves salt. “Then you do not love me at all,” the king said. He threw his daughter from the castle and had the bridge drawn up behind her so that she could not return. Now, this youngest princess goes into the forest with not so much as a coat or a loaf of bread. She wanders through a hard winter, taking shelter beneath trees. She arrives at an inn and gets hired as assistant to the cook. As the days and weeks go by, the princess learns the ways of the kitchen. Eventually she surpasses her employer in skill and her food is known throughout the land. Years pass, and the eldest princess comes to be married. For the festivities, the cook from the inn makes the wedding meal. Finally a large roast pig is served. It is the king’s favorite dish, but this time it has been cooked with no salt. The king tastes it. Tastes it again. “Who would dare to serve such an ill-cooked roast at the future queen’s wedding?” he cries. The princess-cook appears before her father, but she is so changed he does not recognize her. “I would not serve you salt, Your Majesty,” she explains. “For did you not exile your youngest daughter for saying that it was of value?” At her words, the king realizes that not only is she his daughter—she is, in fact, the daughter who loves him best. And what then? The eldest daughter and the middle sister have been living with the king all this time. One has been in favor one week, the other the next. They have been driven apart by their father’s constant comparisons. Now the youngest has returned, the king yanks the kingdom from his eldest, who has just been married. She is not to be queen after all. The elder sisters rage. At first, the youngest basks in fatherly love. Before long, however, she realizes the king is demented and power-mad. She is to be queen, but she is also stuck tending to a crazy old tyrant for the rest of her days. She will not leave him, no matter how sick he becomes. Does she stay because she loves him as meat loves salt? Or does she stay because he has now promised her the kingdom? It is hard for her to tell the difference.

Excerpt: We Were Liars, E. Lockhart
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Listening to: the rustle of the pups in the pen outside my window, and a breeze through the tree tops.   I love to write and work at night its when I’m most inspired.
Doing?  Friday night again folks….   Only this time, I’m taking a break from writing to work on my jewelry.

The Wolf ‘n Raven

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Laying upon a fallen tree the Wolf stretched and yawned, glancing out from his woodland to the open field ahead of him.

‘Why do they a stand there like that?’ he asked gruffly of his Raven friend.

‘Like what?’ She replied as she looked down from her vantage point above him in the branches.

‘All huddled together like that, bleating nonsensical meaningless words. Mindlessly chit chatting about the colour of the grass’ he replied.

‘It’s all that they know my friend’ replied the Raven ‘All they are aware of is what lies within the boundaries of this field, and tomorrow they’ll find themselves in a new field and this one will be forgotten.’

‘It’s not much of a life is it? I’d go mad’ He exclaimed.

‘I agree Wolf, but they feel comfort in the flock, they want to fit in, be liked and feel part of the group.’

The Wolf pondered ‘But they all look the same, none of them stand out..  How do they know one from the other?’

‘They spend their days trying to look the same, they don’t want to stand out, even though beneath the wooly facade they are all of course unique. But they fear if they don’t fit in they will be singled out of the group, victimised, persecuted. Treated as outcasts. Can you see those on the left, the ones permanently jostling for position?’

‘The ones who seem to just be trading places every few moments without actually going anywhere.. Yes. What are they doing?’

‘They are vying for their social position, for attention. They are the ones who want to lead but at the same time want to be safely protected by the flock. They are the ones who seek self definition, and for it to be constantly reinforced by those around them, although they won’t really do anything to put themselves out from the crowd.’

The Wolf frowned, ‘Why ever not?’

The Raven laughed to herself, ‘because they’re the ones who are scared the most of being on the outside, being singled out. They want to be better than all the others without risking being perceived as different.

The Wolf shrugged’ Seems a lot of pointless effort to me, lots of noise and effort, not really getting anywhere or achieving anything with no freedom.. And to what end?’

The Raven sighed ‘The way I see it.. It’s  a monotonous life, simply breeding being the highlight of many of their lives..  And then the lucky ones get eaten.’

The Wolf’s ears pricked up ‘Ah yes.. Food.. That’s why we came here wasn’t it.’

‘Well of course,’ The Raven answered, ‘be sure to pick off an older one or a weaker one,  they’re the ones the others don’t care for anyway. The ones whose absence won’t be noticed. Then we can get back to your cubs and then we can go somewhere new and explore the world in which we live in.’

The Wolf sighed, ‘Can’t we just have relaxing day lounging around?’

‘Of course’ the Raven quickly replied, ‘It’s your choice to be a wolf. With minimal effort you can give up your freedom and join  the sheep if you really  want to.’

‘Hell no!’ The Wolf snapped back. ‘I can’t think of anything worse.’

‘Exactly’ stated  the Raven, ‘neither can I.’

Moments later the Wolf walked back into the forest with a sheep in his jaw as his friend flew over head . His speech muffled ‘I don’t think you’d make a good sheep Raven’ he mumbled.

‘Because I’d miss flying high you mean?’ she posed.

‘No.. I’m not sure the white color would suit you’.

The pair chuckled to one another as they disappeared into their wilderness.

Source: Raven Lockwood

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Inky’s Take: Just a little somethin’,  somethin’ for a cold winter’s day.

Parable of the Tower…

GodwickA man inherited a field in which was an accumulation of old stone, part of an older hall. Of the old stone some had already been used in building the house in which he actually lived, not far from the old house of his fathers. Of the rest he took some and built a tower. But his friends coming perceived at once (without troubling to climb the steps) that these stones had formerly belonged to a more ancient building. So they pushed the tower over, with no little labour, and in order to look for hidden carvings and inscriptions, or to discover whence the man’s distant forefathers had obtained their building material.

Some suspecting a deposit of coal under the soil began to dig for it, and forgot even the stones. They all said: ‘This tower is most interesting.’ But they also said (after pushing it over): ‘What a muddle it is in!’ And even the man’s own descendants, who might have been expected to consider what he had been about, were heard to murmur: ‘He is such an odd fellow! Imagine using these old stones just to build a nonsensical tower! Why did not he restore the old house? he had no sense of proportion.’

But from the top of that tower the man had been able to look out upon the sea.

Source: J.R.R. Tolkien, Beowulf and the Critics

Photo: Nick Stone

Inky’s Take: To understand is practiced art.  It requires desire, finess, a discerning eye, and the attention to detail that the artist gives his craft. Without one, it’s just fingerpaint, an unconnected melody, a lump of clay. Messy.

To understand is mindful.  It requires thought, dedication, attention, and vision.   Without one, it’s just a failed experiment, a lost thought, a hopeless cause.  A Miss.

To understand is human.  It requires patience, silence in which to listen, and courage to open oneself to the other’s possibility. Without one, it’s just gossip, rumor, folly. Misunderstood.

To understand is to open the heart. It requires practiced art, thought and humanity. Without one you fail.  Understandably. Sadly.

Source: Inky

Parable of the Crooked Tree..

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In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, “Look at me…I’m tall, and I’m straight, and I’m handsome. Look at you…you’re all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you.” And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, “Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest.” So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day.

Source: Tom Waits

Photo: Josh Lowe

Inky’s Take:  There’s something to be said for being strange, having the courage to not conform, thumbing your nose at the masses and being a crooked tree.  Of course, the reason you are crooked has a lot to do with it.  If you are just crooked because you couldn’t find the sky any other way, then the others helped make you who you are; a byproduct of your environment.  But if you are crooked simply because you said ‘what the hey’, I’m doing it my way!  Then it’s all yours. The fame, the fortune, the crime, the lawyer’s fees and the time.

If you’re still looking for a moral, here, catch this one – You’re either a load bearing beam in a gorgeous home, the toothpick between Jackie Chan’s bottom teeth, or a crooked tree alive and growing wonky in a quiet majestic forest.  Either way, it was a choice that lead you there, so – Own It.

Typewriter Flights

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Any given opportunity seldom knocks more than once, and as the door swung slowly shut behind her, he wondered at the consequences of not answering.

It’s a paradox he assured himself studying the ink stain running down his wall. The story he had read in school; the parable of doors, a tiger and a lady. Sometimes opportunity knocks with good things in hand, sometimes not so. You have half a chance to get it right, and no where to hide when you don’t.

He bit the filter of his cigarette and watched paper flutter in the breeze from the nearby window. The one through which his typewriter took flight only a short time ago.

What, he reasoned, could happen if you didn’t answer the knock?  Would some cosmic catastrophe occur, or would life continue as it had before the knock; simple, unremarked.

Interesting premise as is the purpose, he mulled as he pulled a pad and pencil from his torn pocket.   Was it the joy of the lady, or the experience of the tiger’s claws?

The nub of the pencil scratched across the paper as he replayed past choices with some disconnected area of his thoughts,  a new story filling the page….