Monday, July 11, 2011

Magpie Tales Photo Prompt 73: Relevance

People of Chilmark, Thomas Hart Benton, 1920
Photo courtesy of Tess Kincaid


from the relevance of human experience 
to the relativity of human endeavor
love defines everything, even hatred. 

we need only to live its dimensions 
through moments of our lives, 
relative to the needs of ourselves 
and of others. 

Poem ©2011 R. Burnett Baker 
Adapted from an essay titled "Breaking The Dynastic Cycle:  China In An Interdependent World," by R. Baker, 1988, and 
a comment  by R. Baker 7-11-11 about love to a post titled "existence" by "citybouy"


  1. good take Rick!..

    well done!..


  2. love does define its that thought rick

  3. Wow, a citation! Thanks Rick!

    It's hard to logicize (wait, is that a word?) something that should be felt. If I were braver, I'd even say it's 100% intangible.

    But I realize now that the question in my post should not be "do I exist because of his love?" it should be "am I relevant?"

    captcha: undsperm (yes, all sentences should be punctuated with and sperm. haha)

  4. 'relative to the needs of ourselves
    and of others' - this simply got my attention as it reflects realism that are most of the times not applied. There are always currents of deep wisdom in reading your words Rick. thank you and much pleasurable read.(:

    Brightest blessings.


  5. "and of others" true, Rick.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  6. the painting does seem to evoke a sense of the connections between man and man and perhaps man and sea. we all rely on each other to make it through, to find love.

  7. cool to drawn on 1988 rick! in my own cosmology, love is everything.... steven

  8. Love how you have drawn on the interconnections of one to another.

  9. Does hatred sprout from a garden
    of sparse love, or a tub of too much
    affection, where we lollygag in too
    much overkill; love defines hatred
    like beauty defines bizarre and ugly.
    Good piece, sir.

  10. No truer words be said .. loved your take on the prompt!

  11. Love the certainty of this..I could embroider it on a scarf! Wow...

  12. oh I love this....embroider one for me Lyn...

  13. I like the use of the word 'dimension' here. I used to believe that life is fluid. Maybe that's for the age I am at right now. Only when I get to your sense of knowing and be able to discover the patterns of things past re-occurring, I'd probably understand that 'dimension' which you mention in this poem. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Absolutely: love defines everything. Pity hatred can stem from love, but it can. Nice post.