The Calm


“I” is only a convenient term for somebody who has no real being.

Virginia Woolf

 That will give one cause to pause, and ponder its truth. In dialogue with Ms. Mary, from Walking My Path, we discovered we were both planning post on “wind” which is very present here in Arizona, and New Mexico, where Ms. Mary resides. I like to call her Ms. Mary, as it makes me think of The Secret Garden. So for me, “March Wind” went to the bin. That wind reminded me of the wind as spoke of by Don Juan, as menacing, but that is a matter of perception. However is roared, and blustered about, and felt . . . impending? It was this same time of year, well in February that I moved here to Arizona, and crossed New Mexico with the 50 mph winds, and now three years later both my soul sister, and myself discuss the wind. Just reading Ms. Mary had a much happier perspective on the wind, she was dancing with the wind.

So I set outside on a truly lovely Spring day reading Virginia Woolf,s essay, “A Room Of One’s Own” and what a treat it is. This class has been challenging with the double work load, as it is being done in 8 weeks, but some great literature. You know how when you see a powerful film it affects you for days afterwards? On Monday I read T. S. Elliot’s, “The Hollow Men,” it is so powerful. For me the poem was enhanced by a video made by a grad student. If you have a moment, watch it. When she actually reads the poem . . . omg, she reads the poem well, it makes me cry, or is it that darn wind.

Post Script: I had to add that when I sat to write this the time, as I glanced at my phone, was 1:11. Just now when I turn on my laptop to add this, 3:33.

41 thoughts on “The Calm

  1. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Well, that blew me away! Haha! Get it? Really though, the depth she went into talking about The Hollow Men! I had no inkling all that was in there. Thanks for sharing that. And thanks for the pingback, Soul Sister! But you threw March wind away? 😦 Maybe you can resurrect it. You are so close in AZ. If we don’t meet sooner, I’m definitely coming to your graduation!
    The wind chimes are in Albuquerque at the moment. When I bring them up here, I will take a picture of them outside. Not sure they’d enjoy 50mph winds! Summer breeze. 🙂

    • Oh Mary, I love you sister. You always make me smile and chuckle. Look at the post script I added to the post. The thought of those wind chimes in the 50 mph winds. . . they would not survive it. They may need to be seasonal ha ha. So glad you watched the video, it was deep. Just finished reading the essay by Woolf, what a brilliant writer, artist, and feminist. My wind post had a lot of substance but negative, I would just rather not go there. Know what I mean? Jellybean?

      Love ya back

  2. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    I meant to mention that I love these images! On my wind dancer day, I had sort of an awake dream moment, were I saw in the sky, almost my whole field of view, a huge embryo. It was earth tones, but it had designs in it like the second image here. Don’t know what it means…hopefully that the planet will be newly healthy soon, But then this image had the same designs inside, only more brown with slightly purplish background. Kinda weird. Know what I mean, Jellybean? Maybe this is her all grown up. Did you make the windchimes?

  3. Amy Campion says:

    I loved her introduction but found the reading too fast for my personal taste…like skimming stones, I would have preferred if she lingered a little longer, allow, the stones to drop…just my own taste for poetry. But I hear you about the wind, whenever it kicks up here I get a little excited and wonder what change they are ushering in this time, and what is being blown away….

  4. Dewin Nefol says:

    Hey Sindy,

    How are you holding up to the winds of change blowing through Arizona? 🙂 By the sound of it quite well, as you sit in the garden on a truly lovely spring day reading Virginia Woolf. Does life get any better than that? 😀

    I’ve never thought of the word ‘impending’ before to describe the wind…it has a certain poetry and resonance. The synchronicity of your 3 year anniversary, triple numbers, and winds of change, sounds positively interesting, as to it coinciding with Ms Mary, and secret garden. There must be a connection. 🙂

    It’s a curious thing, as I sit to write here, the weather is on the turn again and the wind is already blowing a gale. And to think that yesterday was a sunny, warm day.

    Thoroughly enjoyed Elliot’s, ‘The Hollow Men’, and the accompanying video, thank you for both. I thought her elucidation of the poem was eloquent and informative and encouraged me to watch several other presentations and unpack the poem still further. All are totally absorbing: there is such depth of thought distilled into Elliot’s lines.

    I can’t but wonder at the extent and influence World War 1 must have had on him, or indeed the events in his personal life leading up to this poem’s writing. Such dark times for both humanity and for Elliot seem to have inspired his work and the writing of this poem, and also the writing of The Waste Land – another poem equally suffused with Eliot’s horror of life and sense of disillusionment about society and war. The Hollow Men is stirring, in that it asks us to define levels of truth in ourselves: about our life and relationship to it, our personal situation and circumstance, our world-view, our outlook for ourselves and how we define who we are and what we do. In addition, I found the poem offered other meta-narratives, consideration on religion, and on spirituality, about love, death and loss, and perhaps also about hope for the future born upon reflection on the past and the desire for something better. I thought it a profound poem, and a wonderful share. Thank you 🙂

    Hoping all’s well and you got the essays written 😀 Have a fabulous weekend…Happy Easter! 🙂

    Take care always for always


    DN – 26/03/2016

    • I am so glad you enjoyed my Brit Lit odyssey. You are a Brit 😀 Funny to have studied Elliot as well in American Lit, as well, I guess he is both. I was planning on listening to other readings but once I get that 8 hours of homework done, I am done, lol Know what I mean but its cool talking about it here with you guys.

      Yes I got all those 5 essay questions done. Ha ha Thanks for asking.
      Happy Easter go hide some eggs. I made sock bunnies, so much fun. I did that as a break from homework. It helped.

      You take care too 😀

      • Dewin Nefol says:

        Hey Sindy,

        Your journey through Brit Lit from 1800 is fascinating, almost an education in its own right. 🙂

        Elliott was born in St. Louis, Missouri, travelled Europe a little, and finally settled in the UK having met his wife…becoming a key writer both sides of the Atlantic.

        Pleased to hear you got the essay questions finished with a little help from the sock bunnies 😀 Clever girl. 🙂

        I’m off to go hide some eggs! Ciao for now 🙂 Hoppy Ishtar


        DN – 26/03/2016

      • Yes I know he was born here and moved there, I wasn’t clear in saying that.

      • Dewin Nefol says:

        That’s cool. I only found this out through following the initial link here in your post and then reading further from there. Your Brit Lit posts on WordPress always encourage further engagement with the work you cite. 🙂

      • Well I am so very pleased to hear that, but I know you. You are my literature buddy. Ha ha 😀

      • More to come, the last lesson, Yeats, and Joyce.

      • Dewin Nefol says:

        Hey Sindy,

        Your Brit Lit class has been tremendous fun, yet the hours have rushed passed all to quickly with so little time to fully enjoy the work of literature’s heroes and heroines. Looking forward to exploring Yeats, and Joyce…so many memorable lines to entertain the heart, mind and soul 🙂

        One of my favourite Yeats poems…

        ~ The Cat And The Moon ~ By ~ W.B.Yeats ~

        The cat went here and there
        And the moon spun round like a top,
        And the nearest kin of the moon,
        The creeping cat, looked up.

        Black Minnaloushe stared at the moon,
        For, wander and wail as he would,
        The pure cold light in the sky
        Troubled his animal blood.

        Minnaloushe runs in the grass
        Lifting his delicate feet.

        Do you dance, Minnaloushe, do you dance?
        When two close kindred meet.

        What better than call a dance?
        Maybe the moon may learn,
        Tired of that courtly fashion,
        A new dance turn.

        Minnaloushe creeps through the grass
        From moonlit place to place,
        The sacred moon overhead
        Has taken a new phase.

        Does Minnaloushe know that his pupils
        Will pass from change to change,
        And that from round to crescent,
        From crescent to round they range?
        Minnaloushe creeps through the grass
        Alone, important and wise,
        And lifts to the changing moon
        His changing eyes.

        Hoping you had a wonderful Easter weekend SS 😀

        Take care always in all ways, for always and always.


        DN – 29/03/2016

  5. Fun for who? lol I do love these poets and this era in literature on both sides the pond. However this was not so fun in the execution but fun in discussion, which I only had here, or with you. Now that I agree was enjoyable. If the opportunity arises for me to delve deeper in this realm of literature I will. I now now for certain where my heart lies. I have cried a lot reading this stuff, like a kindred spirit, as are you. Hopefully we can chat soon.

  6. Dewin Nefol says:

    Hey SS 🙂

    And there was me thinking you enjoyed the execution as much as the quiet reading, quieter pondering, fervent discussion, and unavoidable weeping 🙂 What an emotional roller-coaster exquisite poetry and literature are: what power to touch the heart and stir the soul, excite the emotions and stimulate thought…and all so silently done within a few carefully chosen words cradles between hard covers.

    Since you started sharing your literature interests here and discussing them elsewhere, I know I have benefited from your lead, and come to appreciate far more the intricacies and inner depths of the work you have been pursuing. Certainly I find great pleasure in now unpacking the work of these giants of literature: working through poems line by line and then reading still further and absorbing the many tangents and streams that flow into the main body of the text. I hope I have learnt in the process, and have learnt to extend that knowledge into other areas to aid my comprehension and enjoyment of the written word, and hopefully my writing as well. There is much to thank you for in many ways 🙂

    ‘If the opportunity arises for me to delve deeper in this realm of literature I will. I now know for certain where my heart lies’ ~ it’s wonderful to hear you sound so enthused and passionate, and so certain of finding a niche for your interest! 😀 I know how much you enjoy your literature SS! 😀 Who knows where your ASU Degree will take you, and what authors, writers, and poets you will encounter during that studious adventure, but I very much hope you do find opportunity to bloom your interest by taking a longer swim in your passion…for example, there is always the dissertation to consider? 🙂

    I’ll look forward to chatting with you soon, and catching up with both your news and your studies. 🙂

    Until then…take care my friend, keep smiling, and enjoy the warmth of spring 🙂


    DN – 29/03/2016

    • Dissertation? You sure about that? Because I had best get started now. lol

    • Oh okay a couple degrees away. That is for a Doctorate.

      • Dewin Nefol says:

        Hey Sindy,

        Really? You don’t have to write a dissertation for an Honours Degree? I find that surprising. I had 10,000 words to write for my degree. Perhaps they do things differently now, admittedly it was a few years ago.

        Perhaps you should check, just in case you need to buy another bookcase and expand your library in preparation. lol 🙂

        Hoping all is well 🙂


        DN – 29/03/2016

      • Oh don’t you worry I will be checking, but Wiki said it was an extended essay for a PhD. You need a thesis for a Masters degree, I am not thinking I do have to write one Dewin. I love the occult stuff Yeats was into and know a lot about it and the symbolism he uses in his poetry. If you look at his diagrams from Visions where he talks about the gyres, you will see familiar metaphysical constructs. Know what I mean jellybean?

      • Dewin Nefol says:

        Hey Sindy,

        I think a Masters degree in the U.S is known as a ‘graduate degree’. Here in the UK, it is called a post-graduate degree. I did an undergraduate degree, BA with Honours, and was advised that the honours part was the dissertation. I had no choice. I hope you don’t have to write one – it is involved – but equally, I hope you will also have chance to pursue a lengthy period of study on a topic of your choice. Engaging at that level is personally, very rewarding.

        Many thanks for the interesting nod towards Yeats’s metaphysical interests. I will chase that up and take a closer look….a quick peek suggests I’ll find interest in it, know what I mean jellybean? 😀

        Hope you’ve had a good morning 🙂


        DN – 29/03/2016

      • Went to mark’s American Lit class for fun and checked in with my peeps, 5 of them were in this Brit Lit class, and nobody likes it, except for Josh, who is brilliant and has read almost everything, he has 100% and thought we were all whining babies. lol

      • Dewin Nefol says:

        None of the 5 enjoyed this course? What, are they heathens!? 🙂 Good old Josh, he sounds the wisest of them all.

        I’m happy to know that the course opened a door even further for your interests to wander through…I hope you’ll follow that path to its rightful end 🙂 Good luck in all ways for always.

        Enjoy the remainder of the week SS 🙂


        DN – 30/03/2016

      • Thanks D Man, they enjoy literature, just not the instructor. As I have enjoyed the literature and not the instructor, but I am good at self teaching. The one girl, very bright, said she had not gotten anything out of it, now that is on her. One really awesome thing, is that I will get to remain in the program with these classmates at ASU.

      • Dewin Nefol says:

        Life is richer and more meaningful when mates share experiences and grow together to become friends as a consequence. Your time at university will be a wonderful experience and best savoured amongst friends. No doubt you’ll all find strength and support with each other, and share a coffee or two in the process as you swap stories and talk out essays. Good times ahead! 🙂

        I know you can’t wait to start ASU and graduate! You know I’ve already got fingers and toes crossed for success. 😀

        D Man lol 🙂

        Hope you’ve had a great day SS and will enjoy an even better week! Catch up soon 😀 Best wishes to one and all.


        DN – 18/04/2016

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