The first of these two epigrams is on the header of my "ranting" blog BakersTake, listed on my blog list.
During a discussion this morning with a FaceBook friend, I pointed out that header. Then commenting on something she and I were talking about, the second one was actually part of my reply to her. I'll probably include these two in a themed exhibit I've been invited to do at the Eddy Tang Arts gallery in Seattle early in 2013.
these are the days for reason
when no reason is heard; the
time for solitude when no calm
can be found. we are the voices
shouting when all are shouting,
when every soul hungers for
the silence of peace. this is the
moment, and we are the seconds,
minutes, and hours of each
past and present life - our ecumenical
futures in disjointed discourse.
validation is what we seek through
every effort, each stance taken for
or against thereof; calling upon lords
and angels in the minions' tongues,
yet amazed at the disunity of
comprehension (my way is "the"way)
and so it goes: death and destruction
propels goodness, a goddess lacking
resolve to prevail, each age golden or
the last: the sage speaks softly - remains
hidden in meditation's forest.
I ascend a moment of sanity to question
what methods of reason protect us from us:
what is the moral mechanism preventing
our descent into anarchy, stopping all
thoughts of psychopathy, propelling us to
walk past one another without incident?
upon the platform of stasis our comforts
grant us dominion over our more evil selves.
we vote with faith that something beyond
comprehension will prevail, and we in its
benevolence, will as well.
Rick Burnett Baker currently is self-employed as a narrative photographer, and is a member of the National Press Photographer's Association (NPPA). Baker, a native Texan, is a graduate of State University of New York (Albany) with a BA in Asian Studies, (minor in classical Chinese literature), a Graduate Certificate in US Urban Policy, and a Masters (MRP) in Regional and Urban Planning, Third World. He has worked with a mining company in Honduras, with a civil engineering firm in Saudi Arabia, and traveled andworked throughout Southeast Asia, China, and Northern Africa with Halliburton for nearly a decade, based out of Singapore. During his years living in Singapore he was also known for his radio and television voice-over work. Baker returned to the US in 1985 to complete academic interests and continues to live in New York.