Author Archives: Arlan

Breeze

Unfinished Cat On a porch, With a purring cat, I have welcomed the spring sun. Such a cat Should not be moved By the call of lesser chores As I pet, Her claws dig in; And I have other thoughts. From my lap I must resign her, Unsettled; but I must go. 7/29/2004


Legion

Out of nowhere, apropos of nothing in particular, talking to myself: “I’m going to blow your fucking brains out, motherfucker.” Another voice, also internal, says “Yes, that’s right” – not as a jeer, but because it fits, it suits, it conforms; it feels like climbing under warm covers on a cold day. It feels like scratching an itch – ahhh, Read More


What shall I answer?

“Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth. Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.” If you look at the span between the two posts preceding, it is nearly a year; January to November. The longest gap of any since this chronicle Read More


Drink no wine

In Jeremiah chapter 35, Jeremiah invites the Rechabites into the temple and invites them to drink wine. It was probably a fair amount of social pressure, being in the temple and being invited to drink wine by the prophet, but they turned him down, citing a duty placed upon them by their ancestor. It is pretty clear that God had Read More