Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Possibility

Possibility

Forget about what is probable.
Concentrate instead upon possibility.
The simple fact that you are alive
reading and comprehending these lines
in a Universe as vast
and varied as Mother Nature
is already an astronomically
improbable accomplishment.
You can be whatever is within
the realm of possibility
and that includes virtually
anything because the realm
of possibility is as large
as the imagination
of all Mother Nature.
You are a sentient part of Nature
and above all, she is your
friend and advocate.
The only trick is to be
as good of a friend
and advocate to yourself
as Mother Nature is.

Dewey Dirks

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Money

Money

Money, money
everybody's gotta use some
everybody's gotta gotta get some.
After it's gone, you gotta gotta
get some more.
It acts a lot like a drug,
get a little at first,
and you're happy for awhile
until you discover you want a lot more.
The more you get,
the more you tend to want
The more you get
the more you tend to use.
When you run out, you go into withdraw
and get all worried and crabby
until you figure out how to get some more.

Money, money,
has its good side, it's true.
It provides incentive for great numbers of people
to work together to make all sorts of things
and as the world grows closer together economically
the harder it is for countries
to be fighting with each other.
Most of the really powerful nations have so many
of their fingers in each others money pie,
they really can't afford
to go to war with each other anymore.
The trouble is that
at the basis of money's incentive, is greed,
and greed is irrational
and often drives people to shit on each other
in their scramble to get as much as they can.

I've seen money drive a wedge
between sisters and brothers,
between a father and his daughters
and more than once, I've seen it tear
whole families apart.
Personally, virtually all the times
I've been truly done wrong in this life,
money was the driving force.

Money, money you gotta to get a clue about it.
It's best to have an easy come, easy go
attitude about it.
You gotta not get all caught up
in the debt racket or you'll find yourself
working as an indentured servant
to the bank for the rest of your life.
When comes the time to make a decision
about money, you gotta learn to ask yourself,
'Am I making this decision in favor of people
or in favor of money' because the defense
against greed boils down to the decisions
you make when money is at hand.
In my experience, most of the people
who can keep their heads when it comes
to money, have all been poor in dollars
and rich in heart.

Money, money, the catch is that
the more you tend to get, the more of your time
it takes up and the more you tend to want to spend.
A lot of people think getting a big load of money
would solves all their problems
but having money is its own line to tow
and having a big bunch can multiply your troubles.
Don't fall for the idea that having more money
makes you a better person.
The ideal situation about it
is to have so little, or so much money,
it really doesn't matter anymore.
If you get a bunch,, the trick is to
not fall into the trap of spending more and more
until you're all out of it again.
To have a bunch only means
that you have more than you care to spend.
I've known people who only had a little pile,
but because they didn't care
to buy a lot of things, they had enough
that it didn't matter anymore.
The poorest people I've ever known
all had great big piles of money,
but only tiny amounts of love and fulfillment
because they had turned away from their own
heart and soul in name of money.

Dewey Dirks

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Enculturation

Enculturation

The other day I was talking
to a young woman, bright eyed
and intelligent as she explained to me that
when she sold something
on Craigslist, she made sure
to arrange to meet potential
buyers in a public place in order
to guard against serial killers.
She didn't realize, of course,
that the country
is as safe from violent crime
as it was forty years ago
when people didn't lock their
doors at night and that her chances
of being shot by a cop were
much, much higher than being killed
by a serial killer.

Not long afterwords, I was having
a conversation about climate change
with a man in his fifties, intelligent,
full of experience and informed, as he mouthed
the corporate media's misinformation explaining
to me that even though climate change
might be real, it couldn't possibly
have been brought about by the
actions of Man not realizing that the link
between global carbon-dioxide levels
and the behavior of mankind since
the beginning of the industrial
revolution are a certain as the fact
that the ice-caps are melting.

A few days later, I was talking to another
man in his forties, liberal, and well informed
who mouthed the media's liturgy in some detail
about how America has to guard
against more terrorists attacks
not thinking about the fact that
American soil hasn't seen a terrorist
attack in almost thirteen years.

As you leave the fog
that is the mass-media enculturation
of American society,
You begin to see how pervasive
and often misleading the institutions
of our culture have become.

The more you become aware of
the actual state of the world, three things
become resoundingly apparent---
First, virtually all of our mass-media
marches in lockstep with the desires
and goals of American
corporations, military and government.
They want you scared, obedient, and feeling
as though you're dependent on them.
Second, our culture has trained millions
upon millions of people to be afraid
of everything from the cause
of their own daily aches and pains,
to the beliefs and goals of people
in other countries, to the motivations
and personalities of their own
next door neighbors.
And finally, you become
more and more conscious
of how unimpaired by fear your
journey through life can be.

After awhile, you discover you don't even
need to be afraid of the institutions,
that are trying to control us,
because when you lie as much as
they do to as many people as they do,
you become increasingly incapable
of recognizing what's real
and acting in your own best interests
until the day the truth walks up to you
and smacks you upside the head,
which explains our ruling classes
inept responses so far
to global warming, doesn't it...

Dewey Dirks

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gargoyles

Gargoyles

Fears, regrets, lost hopes,
failures and smashed dreams
can chase you, chase you
in the shadows until
they catch you like a disease.
Building insidious inner demons,
they try to overwhelm you,
put blinders on your eyes,
tell you that you have
no freedom of choice,
tell you that all the world
is forsaken and made of pain.
Each time they win a battle,
they get a little stronger
If they win too many times,
they'll bind you with fear
and suffocate you with ignorance
trying to snuff your life spark out.

Each time you rise
to meet a new day,
you win the prize
of one more chance at life.
As you face the day,
with every choice you make
to believe in yourself
in spite of them, you win.
Each time you embrace them
teaching them of compassion
you win against them.
Each time you stand up to them
all or alone in the darker
alleys of your mind,
you win a battle with them.

If you win enough battles
by believing in your own magic
they'll transform
into peculiar allies---
You'll learn from them
to have even greater
empathy and compassion.
They'll become gargoyles
who protect you
with an amour of scars
that they've created,
guarding you against
any new strife you chance to face
in the long years ahead.

I've fought many of them
many times over the years
and I have many scars
because of it.
But my gargoyles have learned
respect for my spirit,
because I know in each place
they pierced me in times past,
in the white of my scars
shines the light of the sun,
and moon, and stars.

Dewey Dirks

Monday, August 11, 2014

On The Front Porch Swing

On The Front Porch Swing

Hello humans, I'm a bacteria
on your front poach swing.
I was born long ago
thousands of miles west of here
high upon the leaves
of a tall palm tree
on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
There, I lived in many different colonies
of bacteria on tiny specks of dust
until the dirt and my colony
were swept up into the clouds
by a windstorm passing
over the Pacific ocean.

I was separated from my colony
and lived with my daughter cells
for many months in water droplets
far up in the white and gray clouds.
Later, I was dropped in a water droplet
as part of a August rainstorm
onto your porch where I bounced
in high speed splashing water onto your swing.

My life cycle is special and because of the way
I divide into two daughter cells, I'm essentially
immortal when my lifespan
is considered by human standards.
I speak to my cousin bacteria
by use of chemicals,
and you can consider me multilingual
because I can speak to many species
of bacteria besides just my own.
I can also transfer parts of my DNA
to other bacteria without reproducing
and viruses can transfer DNA to me as well.

My kind has lived on Earth for billions of years.
My personal lineage dates to long before
humans walked the Earth.
My kind is among the most common
forms of life on the planet.
For every human alive
there live billions upon billions of bacteria.
In myself and my kind, Mother Earth finds
continuity of life and diversity of DNA
even through the mass extinctions that
periodically plague larger forms of life.
Cousins of mine inhabit Mother Earth
high up into the sky
and deep into the ground.
We live in almost every other form
of plant and animal on the planet
all of whom could not live long
without the help of my kind.

I'll live many more years
upon your front porch swing
in a colony with my daughters
unknown and unseen
by your cumbersome human gaze
and fleeting human attention.

I've seen many forms of life come and go.
I've talked to scores of different species
Oh! The stories I could tell,
and the wisdom of Earths long ages
I could give you if only humans
had the ears and the hearts
to hear my secret melodies.
Listen now and I'll sing to you
songs of ten-thousand million lives,
of friendship and hardship,
of love and life and death,
of great alliances and deep mystery,
of seeking souls and of consummation,
spanning the long, long eons,
and carried out on vast stages.
Dewey Dirks

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Drifters Faith and Saving Yourself

Drifters Faith

We each have within us
a natural will find what's true
and they say, my friend,
that while the seeker looks
for the water, the water looks
for the seeker in return.
You know, some people
are made in such a way
to have faith
that never shakes,
while others have
a drifters faith
that is built to forever
be on the move
questioning everything.

Everyone we happen across,
everything we each do every day,
all the things we feel, see and say,
and everything
we don't see, feel or say
are as so many miracles
in a vast ocean
of unlikely chance and happenstance
where probability dances near or distant
within the sea of endless possibility.
If you want to find
miracles happening right now
you have only to feel
your own breathing
and you have to look no farther
than the moon and stars at night
and the sun and clouds each day.

We each dance through our lives
to a grand symphony sung
with empty spaces and silence
and never set to paper.
Your own heartbeat keeps time
with the beat.
Search outward and see yourself.
Search inward
and see the Universe looking back.
I'll keep my drifters faith
traveling on day by day renewed.
I've found more
than I ever thought possible
and I've learned that just as
we each are alive in the world,
we all live in a world that is alive.

Dewey Dirks


Saving Yourself

There is only one person
who can save you
and that is yourself.
The only things you need
to save yourself from
are your own
fear and prejudice.

You overcome your
fears and prejudice
by learning to
care for yourself
as Mother Earth
cares for you.
When you learn
to have compassion
for your own shortcomings,
you also learn to have
compassion for the shortcomings
in everyone else
and all the world as well.
As your fears and prejudice
begin to subside
you'll become ever more aware
of many things that
you've been doing right all this time
and many things
that life has been doing for years
to help you along.

A lack of compassion for others
is a sure indication
of a lack of compassion
for yourself.
If you want to do your part
to save the world
you need only to set yourself right
after that everything
will fall into place.
Lighting the bright flames
of compassion in yourself
goes far in lighting
the flames of compassion
in all whom
you come into contact with.

In the fullness of time, you'll find
the world doesn't need saving
so much as it needs
to be loved.
Likewise, you'll come to find
that you don't need saving either.
What you need is to love
and to be loved.

Dewey Dirks

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ignorance, Knowledge and Wisdom

Ignorance, Knowledge and Wisdom

Ignorance is seeing
in the world
only what your culture
and education
tell you to see.

Knowledge and growth
mean learning to look
past the blinders of your
culture and education,
to find problems
in the world
and then striving
to set them right.

Wisdom is seeing
with clarity all
of Mankind’s problems
and still finding
us beautiful.

Dewey Dirks

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Filled With Love

Filled With Love

Fear and love, they say,
are at the basis of all
human endeavors
and in my experience
this is quite true.

If you fear for your children
you do so only because
you love them.
If you fear for your safety
it is only because you love
the life that flows in your veins.
We only fear the loss of things
that we first love.
Good to know that love
always precedes fear
and so will
forever be stronger.

When all the grains of sand
have slipped
through your hands
and you're left
only with your breath
and a whole lot of nothing,
you'll find
all of that nothing
is full of love.

Dewey Dirks

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mystic

Mystic

Normally we all believe
it is us who experience life,
and we each build
well lived lives
by accumulating scores
of memorable moments.
So, when you experience life
in some special way, you say,
For me, it's been
a memorable moment.”

But every once in great awhile,
you have an experience
where it seems that Nature herself
takes time out of her busy, busy day
to pay attention just to you.
When life experiences you in this way
it becomes something mystical.

When comes the day you realize
Nature is always
experiencing you in this way
just as you are experiencing her.
When comes the day
you find that both you and the world
are forever as young lovers,
meeting in a vast, vast sea
of happenstance and coincidence,
falling in love just now,
discovering each other,
over and over again, every day,
then you're a mystic.

Dewey Dirks

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Be Still

Be Still

Years ago,
when I was a teenager,
my dad would sit
at the kitchen table
and think for hours on end
as he slowly smoked cigarettes
and drank black, hot coffee.
At the time I couldn't
figure out what
the point of it was.
I'd ask him,
Dad, why don't you get up
and do something?”
He always told me
the same thing.
He'd look at me, smile,and say,
I'm already doing something.”

It wasn't until years later
that I figured out he was right.
Sitting and thinking
is a beginning,
middle, and end all by itself.
It's one of the
more important things
we all need to do
and I'd be willing to bet
it's something that most of us
have forgotten,
or never learned how to do.

Our culture raises us
from embryos to stay busy
and most people are enculturated
so heavily that they will do
practically anything
to avoid having to sit and think.
On the rare occasion they do
sit and just think,
it's only when they have
some sort of crisis in their lives
and feel the need
to sort things out.

Get acquainted with yourself.
Teach yourself to be still.
If you do, I'll bet you'll find
that you're a pretty enjoyable
person to hang out with.
Start by having
a conversation with yourself
when you are all alone.
For an hour or two,
sit somewhere comfortable
with a drink and think about
anything you'd like.

Put down your phone.
Don't text your friends.
Don't sit at the computer.
Don't watch
the wide screen television.
Ask yourself a few questions
about things big and small.
See what sort of answers
you bring to the table.
Great things always begin
by being still.
Likewise, all your
journeys inward start
by being still, my friend.

My dad was a brilliant man
and a natural born engineer---
Among the best I've ever come
across or even heard of
and all the things he made
in life began by sitting
at the kitchen table thinking.
And me? Well, just about
everything I ever write
begins by being still for awhile.

Dewey Dirks

Monday, July 21, 2014

Six Words

Six Words

Although there are
many good words
and many words
that can heal
there are six words
that I'm especially happy
to know in life.
Six words
that, if lived by well,
connect us together
and can heal us all.

First is the Chinese word, 'Tao.'
It means a great deal
when you understand it.
Imagine everything that exists,
both alive and inanimate.
Think of everything all this does.
Imagine the reasons why everything
that exists do all that they do.
All of that, all together, all at once
is what Tao is.
Think of everything anything ever does
as notes in a grand song
that an orchestra is playing.
Tao is the orchestra and the song
all together, all at once.
Tao is the idea that the entire Universe
is one single system-in-action.
It means that we each and all
are separate things
that together make One thing.
It is what gives all existence
pattern and order
and it is the music
to which in life we all dance.
Tao is all of us in an orchestra
playing a grand symphony
while dancing along.
Good to know
that Tao doesn't dictate actions
but allows all the different
kinds of music everyone wants to play.
Tao is all that we understand
and all that dwells
beyond our understanding.
It is the fly on the table,
your son texting his friends,
your Aunt Harriet sewing a scarf,
Elephants on the savannah,
and all the fish in the sea.
Tao is all of us dancing
to a melody never set to paper.
Tao is all the things we do in life.
Tao is you and me.

Next is the Hindi word 'Namaste.'
It means 'I honor and see
the place in you where
dwells love and the divine,
and I honor that same place in me,
thereby together we are One.'
I like this word very much
because if you say it
with your heart and soul
it reminds you that
we all are brothers and sisters---
Children of the same Mother Nature.
Everything that lives
are equals by virtue
of the sparks of life
within us all.

Next is a phrase
spoken by the Lakota people
of North America.
'Mitakuye oyasin' means
'All my relations' and
calls to mind not just
your human brothers and sisters
but your relations to
everything that exists
in the entire Universe.
It means that all Nature
is interconnected
and we each are small parts
of something vast and magical.
Something that is wonderful
and full of mystery.

Next are two more words
from the Chinese language.
Yin and Yang call to mind
not the good and the bad,
but that which is passive
and that which is active in life.
Yin is passive and supple
like liquid water.
Yang is active and assertive
like the same water in the form
of a thunder storm.
Yin Yang means that all the world
evolves in cycles, the active
first rising then giving way
to the passive only to rise
and give way again and again.
Yin and Yang are not opposites.
Like two sides of a great mountain
one side quiet in the shade,
the other shined upon
by the bright sun,
each side is complementary
to the other and within in each
is the seed of its counterpart.
Neither one is better than the other
and different parts of the world
gravitate naturally to one or the other.
Though both appear in all the world
in equal proportion, it is said
that Nature favors the Yin.
Yin and Yang remind us all
that the sum of our lives
is not a battle
in the middle of fighting
but a continuous process
that is constantly evolving.

Different words are favored
by different people.
These words are the ones
that mean the most to me.
I favor them, or perhaps,
they favor me.
Six words gathered
from the cultures of Humanity.
Six words to connect us each.
Six words to bind
all life together as One.
Six words to guide and nurture.
Six words to live
and love and learn.
Dewey Dirks

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Search

The Search

We each search the world outside
looking for meaning and truths.
Like flowers calling bees
to dance life's dance
meaning and truth look
for us was as well.
The secret is that
before we can recognize
any meaning and truths
in the world around us,
we first must discover
them in ourselves.
Your search starts the day
you begin to look inside.
All the wandering
you do before then
is just practice.
Wonders and great mystery
are waiting my friend
Why not begin
your journeys today?
You'll be surprised
at what you see
when you come out
on the other side.

Dewey Dirks

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Wondering and Wandering

Wondering and Wandering

It is good to go through life
wondering and wandering
about everything from God
to what heights and depths
the human spirit can go
to what animals might be thinking
as they go through their day.
Go though life questioning
what none of us know
and what you think
you already know.
Revisit those questions
again and again.
Discover the views of others.
Become a collector
of points of view.
Learn to recognize the mystery
in everything
that surrounds us all.
In every question
you find yourself asking
is the eternal opportunity
to learn
and to unlearn.

Dewey Dirks

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Mistaken

A young friend of mine is just starting out writing. Please take a look at his poem. Personally, I think this young man has a good deal of potential :)

Mistaken

All those moments I contemplated,
You were precise and I was erroneous
All those moments I deliberated,
I was a horrific jingle in your stunning melody
I realize I was mistaken
Because I was a canopy to judge you
I realize I was defective
Because my mistakes were like a dew
It seems people don’t recognize me
How bad someone feels to be left out
It seems people don’t recognize me
The pain and sting when someone mistakes out
People find it superior to blame me
People find it fine to disgust me
But my pain and sting are dissimilar and diverse
Cavernous in my heart that nobody can touch and feel
Time reflected and shown,
It was not me but others
Who are immoral all the time?
It was not me but others
Who are idealistic tune all the time?

Saurav Karki

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Lot With Just a Little

A Lot With Just a Little

I've always been interested in cars
although I've not bought
any cool ones myself in many years,
I've always kept an eye out
whenever I drive down the street
for cars worth seeing.

Years ago when I was young
my friends and I used to laugh
at this old junker Plymouth that this guy
drove all over the town where I lived.
I never met the dude, but his car
was old and dented with faded brown paint.
On the side he spray painted in large, sloppy
letters a sign that said “Jeff Barts, Private Eye.”
It wasn't until years later,
long after I'd moved away that I realized
that Mr. Barts was a young man to be respected
because even though he had next to nothing,
he was striving to realize his dreams in life
with the resources he had at the time.

A few years back, a friend and I used to go
to this parking lot in town where early
Sunday mornings lots of people gathered
who had fast and exotic cars
to show off their rides and chat
over coffee and beer.
Amongst all the Cobra's,
Viper's, Ferrari’s, Porsche's
and six hundred horsepower
Corvette's there was this guy
who showed up every Sunday
with a clunky faded green
'75 Ford Gran Torino with a white vinyl top
that had a 400 Cleveland with a blower
sticking out of the hood.
It was obvious that he'd done
all the work himself with sloppy
liquid metal beads around the edges
of plexiglass windows, badly wound
aluminum tape on the hoses
and klunky orange paint
on the brake drums that didn't match
the rest of the car.

His Torino stood out like a sore thumb
there amongst all those high dollar rides.
All the other owners shunned him
and chuckled at his car.
I chatted with him once.
He was very proud of his ride
and all the work he'd put into it.
I listened to him talk thinking to myself
that here was another man who was striving
towards his dreams in life come hell or high water.
Of all the people gathered there, he was the one
you just had to respect because even though
he didn't have much, he did his best
with whatever he had.

Whenever you see someone
who is the black sheep of the crowd,
whenever you see someone going for
whatever dreams they have in life
without much to work with
except loads of enthusiasm,
make sure to chat with them.
Give them encouragement
and a kind word.
Remember, the misfits,
and the odd ones out
are often the ones
who have the strongest will and deepest love
for the life that flows in their veins.
When comes the time for humanity
to save itself, it will be the odd ones,
the misfits and the black sheep
who have the most
experience at doing
a lot with just a little.
Likely as not the future
of our species will rest with them.

Dewey Dirks

Friday, June 27, 2014

Good Grace

Good Grace

The other day I was talking
with a friend about the things
that I write.
She said, “I've noticed that most
of the poems you write
are uplifting and positive.”
I said, “Well, I write what
I know and what is in my heart.”
She said, “Certainly you must have
bad things happen to you too.”
I told her, “Yes, I've had very terrible
things happen but my experiences
in life have taught me that
if you are willing to look for it,
there are virtually always upsides
to the things that happen.

You know that scene from
Star Wars where the two Jedi
have to make it past a giant blast door
to get at the bad guys on the other side,
so they put their light sabers
into the door and after a few minutes
they just burn through the door?
The kind and good grace
of some of the things
that have happened to me
are like those light sabers---
They are of such a great
and powerful proportion,
that after awhile, their memory
manages to burn through
anything terrible
that happens to me.

Sometimes things happen to you
that you never really get over
some of them are bad, but there are
others as well even more lasting
that are good.
When I write, I keep the good
things in mind because
the memory of them outshines
just about anything else
that has ever happened to me.”

Dewey Dirks

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Delusions

Delusions

The other morning
I had a long conversation
with a young man who suffered
from paranoid delusions.
Breathlessly he explained
to me how an insidious group
called the Bungalow Cabal
had been bugging his phone
and messing with his computer
for many years.
He said no one would help him
and that the cops and government
officials were in on it too.

Later in the day
I sat down at coffee
in a bar where everyone
was watching
the soccer championships
down in Brazil.

I had to ask myself
which is the greater delusion?
Those of a man
scared and all alone whose
point of view is socially unfashionable
and whose ideas hurt only himself,
or the international delusion
that it's perfectly fine for a country
to spend many billions building
sports arenas on the broken backs
of poor people who need
food, clinics, and schools
and then broadcast
weeks of games while the police
and military rob the people
of their rights to protest the oppression
so the rest of the world can
enjoy the spectacle of soccer games
either unaware or uncaring
of all the mayhem.

Dewey Dirks

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Education

Education

All the world
is pretty much the same everywhere.
There are cities full of people
and countryside outside of town
both farmed and wild.

All the world over,
we work daily,
come home and tend to our families.
There are people we talk to,
people we love, and many people
we see but do not know.

Don't trust the sitcoms,
talkshows, and news to teach you.
Don't depend on Facebook, Twitter
and YouTube...keep it real, my friend
Remember, your real education
begins when you leave college
and turn off your TV and smartphone.
All the world is around you all the time.
Nature is a teacher
who will not steer you wrong.

Let the world
and your neighborhood
be your school in life...
Learn from your intuition.
Let your soul teach you wisdom.
Look for kindness around you
---sometimes it's subtle and hidden
by the false bravado and daily banter
of peoples pride.
We all live under one sky.
We all breath
the same kind of oxygen
and drink the same kind of water.
We all want to love and be loved
we all want happiness and to feel useful
we all feel fear and anxiety
from time to time.

The great lies of our time are three---
That national borders
make us different from one another.
That there is more
that is wrong in the world
than there is that is right.
And that our civilization has removed
us all so far from nature
that we cannot learn from it.

Dewey Dirks