We’ve Heard…

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Some Leonard Koans

I’ve heard the soul is diamond in the rough
That pain must polish it to a bright display;
But mine is diamond dust that’s blown away.
(from “I’ve Counted What I Have”)

Now I heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord,
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
(from “Hallelujah”)

I know you’ve heard it’s over now, and war must surely come,
The cities they are broke in half, and the middle men are gone.
But let me ask you one more time, O children of the dusk,
All these hunters who are shrieking now: oh do they speak for us?
(from “Stories of the Street”)

Never make a decision when you need to pee.

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First New Lyrics in Years

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Exempt of Every Faculty

 

They say: you can lead a horse to water,

But you can’t make him drink;

I say: you can teach a youth to read,

But you can’t make him think,

Because he’s exempt of every faculty.

 

The end is coming, it’s written in the stars,

But is it just about Pluto conjunct Mars?

I want to warn the world of its dangerous path,

But no one cares; it’s just a bunch of math.

 

They say: you can lead a horse to water,

But you can’t make him drink;

I say: you can teach a youth to read,

But you can’t make him think,

Because he’s exempt of every faculty.

 

World leaders come, then world leaders go,

And the rest of us are buried in the snow.

We haven’t learned this lesson that power makes corrupt,

But given the same chance, we’d grab the golden cup.

 

They say: you can lead a horse to water,

But you can’t make him drink;

I say: you can teach a youth to read,

But you can’t make him think,

Because he’s exempt of every faculty.

 

(Bridge) All we really need, we already have:

Believe it or not, all we need is love.

 

Success is an advertiser’s dream:

We chase a dangling carrot ‘til we scream.

They hook us with sex, then add in some spice

But we forget that making money isn’t nice.

 

They say you can lead a horse to water,

But you can’t make him drink;

I say you can teach a youth to read,

But you can’t make him think,

Because he’s exempt of every faculty.

 

Yes, we’re exempt of every faculty.

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Abstract Pattern

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Birdfeeding Squirrel

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Pre-Father’s Day 2019

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Derek and I (photo courtesy of Amanda)

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Selfie of us by me.

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A Starburst, in Reverse

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Allium

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Here’s the Baby House Wren!

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Didn’t she grow fast?

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If you zoom in on the birdhouse, you’ll see the baby sitting at the entrance. (This is the regular view of our back garden: the bird shots are taken with a telephoto lens.)

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