Drive on
Onward through resistance
Call on the Unmoved Mover
To grant persistence

The masses linger in a void of ignorant serenity
Ready one's self to venture alone
Stragglers, followers, true believers?
Thoughts of high, the only reliever

As meaning eludes the reader
Carry on
Understanding is theirs to try
Wisdom is yours to strive

Moonlighting as the sufferer
The epitome of the Christian mission
Enduring the pain
Compassion is gained

Preacher, teacher, all the while the learner
Willingly exploring the chaos of the mind
And to soothe the dismay
The light of hope, the seeker's way

~ ~ ~


I am a fool
From here I can grow
I am a wise man
Here I stop the flow

I am one of many
Internalize and glow
We are one of many
Moving closer, may we know?

Expression taking form
Living a prayer of Hope
Submit to the Unmoved Mover
A prayer for strength to cope

Doth expression need be fancied?
I'm asking to connect
Seemingly failed attempts
My ego perceives neglect

Hope to see, Hope to forgive
A prayer for maturation
We are one as many

~ ~ ~

She is Loved
© Ken Slusser 2014

Where is my Sun?
It looks to be on the run
I’ll turn around, I’ll look the other way
I’ll sit and reflect, on her majestic display

Where is my Sun?
I want to have some fun
I’ll turn around, I’ll look the other way
I’ll wait for her to rise again, she brightens up my day

At night I feel alone
I search and search for home
I sit, cross my legs, and I wait
I sit, eyes closed, and meditate

Where is my Sun?
Of all the stars, my favorite one
I envision her light within my mind
And receive the wisdom of the sublime

No need to rush the eternal
When dealing with the supernal
The stars they need their space
Their shine is of God’s grace

I’m thankful and understand
I feel peace is close at hand
Within this harmony, I await
Within this trance, I create

Ahhh, there’s my Sun!
The flowers open, one by one
I blissfully welcome the part I will play
Tis the birth of our new day!


~ ~ ~


"17.5 Snowflakes"


I wrote the following tale for a former girlfriend after having painted a heart, several months earlier, on two small canvases that were attached side by side.  When finished, I gave her one of the canvases.  I told her that what I wrote below was a movie that I had seen, however in reality, it was my own creation.  I was curious as to whether or not she would make the connection between my story and the painting:


Anyway, your comment about "17.5 snowflakes" reminds me of a movie that I saw a while ago.  I think it was one of those "Indie" movies.  It was kind of bizarre but very interesting.  It took place in Poland.  A young girl, Bohdana, saw a cloud formation that in her words, "looked like half of a snowflake."  As she grew up she would occasionally see this cloud formation.  Eventually, she started having dreams about this shape.  In some of her dreams, the half snowflake would morph into a crown.  Then one day, as an adult, she has a vivid dream in which she was living in ancient Egypt.  You come to find out that the "crown" was symbolic of royalty.  Now, the movie begins to depict the life of a woman living in Egypt.  It's the same actress -- the inference is that it's a previous incarnation of Bohdana.  While living in Egypt, she is a member of a royal family.  She eventually becomes "Queen Olufemi."  To make a long story short, later in her life, after several failed relationships, she eventually falls in love with an Egyptian artist/scribe.  His name is Tumaini (don't ask me how I remember these names -- I just do) and his assignment, since the time he was a teenager, was to paint murals in the various temples over which she presides.  He adored her, but until recently, she hadn't really noticed him.  Now, they're very happy together.


The majority of the movie takes place in Egypt so you almost forget the character of Bohdana.  Well, towards the end of the movie, while back in ancient Egypt, Queen Olufemi has a dream.  In her dream sequence, you see a woman (from behind) putting clothes away in her closet.  From the clothes she’s wearing and the furniture in her apartment/house, you can tell that it's no longer ancient Egypt.  When the woman turns around, you see that it's Bohdana.  A few days of her "humdrum" life go by and you realize that she lives only with her dog, while her son is at college.  One day she goes to a street festival where she encounters a variety of food stands, entertainers, and vendors selling their wares.  She strolls up to a man who happens to be painting a picture.  You can see the canvas, but the painting has just been started and you can't make out what the artist's intentions are.  She gets closer and says, "Excuse me sir, what is that you're painting?"  With his back to Bohdana and still entranced in his painting, he says, "My name is Dobry."   He then turns around -- and although he recognizes her -- he is somewhat taken aback by her beauty (and you guessed it, Dobry is the same actor as Tumaini).  With a huge smile on his face, he says, "Bohdana!  What are you doing here?"  Bohdana smiles back and replies, "I decided to take you up on that offer."  He's completely thrilled!  After he gives her a big hug, Bohdana says, "Dobry, really, what are you painting?"  He raises his index finger and says, "That is what I'm painting."  Bohdana, confused, looks up in the direction to which he is pointing -- and there it is -- up in the sky -- a cloud formation in the shape of half of a snowflake.  She wraps her arms around him and holds him close.  She closes her eyes -- and smiles knowingly. . . The camera pans away -- retreating upwards, towards the heavens -- as if being viewed from above.  


I believe the movie was called, "A Heart made Whole." 


The name Bohdana means, "God's Gift."

The name Dobry means, "Good." 

The name Olufemi means, "Beloved of the Gods."

The name Tumaini means, "Hope."