Saturday, 28 April 2012

Caprice de Dieu

I see and feel an emptiness
Herds of cattle grazing at the edge
Of a wide expanse of desert.
To go beyond this point would be folly

But man must know what lies beyond
Discover the heat of the midday sun
And turn it into stardust.
Running perpendicular to reality
Only fools could know the way
So take me there
Under your mantle

–okei (3rd April, 2012)

The image is a detail from Lorenzo & Isabella by John Everett Millais, the first ever painting of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, painted in 1848. It's chosen not for the original symbolism and story it was based on, but because the split orange symbolizes for me a pledge, also something bitter, which can produce something sweet, either by letting it ripen, or by making it into marmalade.

I’m going to spend the next eight weeks away from all social networks... Let us meet again at the next oasis… Some say that love is to give that which is not in our power to give. I give you that.


  1. May your time away bear ample fruit.

    Wishing much well to ya, Okei.

    You'll be in my thoughts.

  2. ((((Okei))))

    I hope your thesis research will become a successful endeavor. Still, I'll miss you and your intelligent, inquiring mind at Multiply. If ever there is a short break in your eight-week research, please stop in and say hi.


  3. (((*Okei*)))

    Have fun.
    Be well.


  4. May you pledge to your own heart to allow the drops of sweetness to follow the bitter.
    And may it lead you ... perpendicular.


  5. Have some good time in your research. Looking forward to your return. :-)

  6. Good luck with your thesis, what is it on?

    I enjoy your knowledge and taste in art and music, thank you for sharing it with us.

    I really like the image of the cows on the edge of the desert, that would make a cool painting.

    Take care, hope to see again soon. Hugs to you.

  7. Go well, Okei. May your work bear fruit/

  8. Happy trails to you until we meet again

  9. "Some say that love is to give that which is not in our power to give" -- Splendid!
    The best of life's teachings to you, dude,.. and to us all.

  10. I'm back! Thanks for all your kind support. My research is going nowhere, nor have I written any poetry. And in some ways I'm feeling very out-of-the-groove as far as *success* is concerned, but hopefully it will all click one day. Right now I'm enjoying the football. :)

    It's on combinatorics with a number-theoretic flavour, which basically means counting things, but it's much more interesting than that. Example problem: if you have a multi-coloured necklace, two red beads, two blue beads and three of every other colour on a necklace, then so long as you never have two beads of the same colour two apart, you must be able to pick a set of beads, one bead of each colour, no two consecutive on the necklace. (This is pure mathematics, so if you want to know why such things are useful, they almost certainly actually are, but I don't need to worry about that.)

    Wishing you all a good summer!!!

  11. Great to hear back from you. Enjoying is good; try to enjoy your research! : )

    I'm a believer in a right time for things too, Okei.

    Am sure it'll come good. Patience & persistence, my friend.

    Much love