Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Self in Need of Mending

by Steve Kowit

This evening, the sturdy Levis
I wore every day for over a year
& which seemed to the end in perfect condition,
suddenly tore.
How or why I don't know,
but there it was--a big rip at the crotch.
A month ago my friend Nick
walked off a racquetball court,
got into his street clothes,
& halfway home collapsed & died.
Take heed you who read this
& drop to your knees now & again
like the poet Christopher Smart
& kiss the earth & be joyful
& make much of your time
& be kindly to everyone,
even to those who do not deserve it.
For although you may not believe it will happen,
you too will one day be gone.
I, whose Levis ripped at the crotch
for no reason,
assure you that such is the case.
Pass it on.


Anonymous acumamakiki said...

Oh wow. I love the photos, especially the torn lace and your words here, I'm quieted. Lately I've been feeling mortality creeping into my thoughts and feelings and this post really spoke to me; especially the part of being kind to those that don't deserve it. I'm not good at that part, but plan to be better. Thank you.

10:44 AM  
Blogger The Whole Self said...

gorgeous photos!

and by the way, how did you steal my outfit? :)

11:31 AM  
Blogger paris parfait said...

Great photos and a wonderful poem as a poignant reminder that life is short and fragile and we must make the most of every moment

12:07 PM  
Blogger Uber Mer said...

hmmm. this really resoginates with me. I'm still internalizing the poem, so I don't have much to say.

well done. beautiful.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Deb R said...

That's a great poem and I love your photos. What a cool take on today's SPC!

1:04 PM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

Hmmm-falling to our knees with gratitude. It has been a while........but I just now have....life really is a great and special gift. Living for the moment instead of for tomorrow or for the next is an important lesson I cherish and am working on practicing more.

Thank you for the reminder to fall to my knees today.

1:39 PM  
Blogger lovegreendog said...

i am glad you passed this on to me. these are words i'll be coming back to.
thanks for stopping by my corner, i'm glad you did.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Georgia said...

Wow, thank you.

I love the message in that poem.


2:29 PM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

heehee...right now i'm wearing my favorite red gap t-shirt...and it has several tiny little holes in it...but i love it...

i love this poem...it's in one of roger housden's compliation books and everytime i read it it really hits me...

2:59 PM  
Blogger bb said...

what photos!
what a poem!
love x

4:26 PM  
Blogger Loralee Choate said...

The torn lace is my favorite!

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Janet said...

love the torn lace photo, all the more beautiful because of the imperfection...

8:22 PM  
Blogger Bedazzzled1 said...

The photos are wonderful, such outstanding color and clarity. And the words by Steve Kowit are extraordinarily powerful.


2:25 AM  
Blogger rising to the challenge said...

it's all so true, so true...
carpe diem

5:08 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

I have this fear of dying young, because of a dream I had year sago...It stays in my mind. And even still I forget to drop to the ground and kiss the earth. Even still I get caught up in life. Thanks for this reminder.
I am sorry about your friend. :(


11:38 AM  
Blogger Kim Carney said...

love the needing mending bits. and the reminder, powerful. Wonderful portrait!

1:16 PM  

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