Sunday, August 13, 2017

another summer evening

Choose to be optimistic.  It feels better.

~Dalai Lama XIV
photo: (c) bruce behnke 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017


The Pond

August of another summer, and once again 
I am drinking the sun
and the lilies again are spread across the water. 
I know now what they want is to touch each other. 
I have not been here for many years
during which time I kept living my life. 
Like the heron, who can only croak, who wishes he 
could sing, 
I wish I could sing. 
A little thanks from every throat would be appropriate. 
This is how it has been, and this is how it is: 
All my life I have been able to feel happiness, 
except whatever was not happiness, 
which I also remember. 
Each of us wears a shadow. 
But just now it is summer again
and I am watching the lilies bow to each other, 
then slide on the wind and the tug of desire, 
close, close to one another, 
Soon now, I'll turn and start for home. 
And who knows, maybe I'll be singing.

~ Mary Oliver 

photo: bruce behnke

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

evening in hawai'i

We have art in order not to die of the truth. 

~Friedrich Nietzsche

photo: (c) bruce behnke 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

waiting... waiting... waiting...

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." 

~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ka'ena Point trail
O'ahu, Hawai'i

photo: (c) bruce behnke 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

getting defensive

photos: (c) bruce behnke 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

our brief sojourn

How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. I am strongly drawn to a frugal life and am often oppressively aware that I am engrossing an undue amount of the labor of my fellow-men. I regard class distinctions as unjustified and, in the last resort, based on force. I also believe that a simple and unassuming life is good for everybody, physically and mentally.
~Albert Einstein

photo: (c) bruce behnke 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

worlds within worlds

...universe within universe
miracles under our feet

can you stop long enough to see them?

microscopic view of a shell
less than 1/8th of one inch large
washed up on a beach
on Moloka'i, Hawai'i

photo: (c) bruce behnke 2017