||Friday, 09. October 2020
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|Hello, and welcome to my profile!
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I'm a retired college English teacher, poet and artist. My poetry I work seriously at, but my art -- drawing male nudes from life -- I do as a hobby.
I am gay, and tend to feel more at ease with men than with women.
Among my interests are literature, art, Buddhism, practical philosophy (discovering and sharing techniques and ideas for dealing with the challenges of Life).
I would like to find folks who are interested in serious matters: why we suffer, what we can do about it, whether Life has meaning, what does it mean to love, how can we deal with our own individualities.
I find life a challenge and am slowly learning that challenges are a way we can grow. I am learning to see 'problems' as opportunities. I am learning to be less self-absorbed and more other-directed.
Here's a recent poem by me:
Lines To Embroider On A Sampler
How anyone, including myself,
Thinks or feels, I no longer
Wish to know. Now I only ask
What they are doing. This is because
While I used to think thinking was of value
And felt feeling was important also
I am now too old for that. I have read
No Aristotle but understand he said it too:
Doing is where we are at
Or we are nowhere or in trouble.
It is the same with the day –
I no longer tell people, 'Have a good day.'
Instead, I say, 'Have a day.' This may
Sound harsh or unfeeling but is closer
To reality. And I try to no longer quote
'One day at a time.' My experience
Has shown how one minute or moment
Is at times all we can manage. But we can do that.
Interests: Friendship, Games
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