you will meet with good fortune now

the last thing i recall


If you are alert to the Creative, 

you will meet with good

fortune now.


This hexagram signals a time when the fundamental creative power of the universe is available to you. An unrestricted outpouring of benevolent energy from the heavens makes possible profound progress for those who are conscientiously following proper principles.

Frantic activity is not in order. Your responsibility instead is to be open and receptive to the Higher Power, allowing it to guide your actions. By allowing inferior thoughts and habits to pass away, you make room for an expansion of your superior qualities, which leads inevitably to good fortune. In your conduct with others, embody tolerance, reticence, and gentleness. Strive to meet others halfway in every situation. To overextend yourself, or require that of another, is to create an undesirable imbalance.

Your attitude toward the Sage is most important. Alertness and receptiveness are paramount. To receive the powerful assistance of the Creative, remain humble, patient, accepting, and responsive. Careful attention to truth brings vast rewards at this time.

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 1, Ch’ien / The Creative


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on this date a lion rose to heaven


Rory James Andrew Young

21 May 1972 Lusaka, Zambia
26 April 2021 Fada N’gourma, Burkina Faso




As good a man

as I have ever known or am likely to 

was killed on this day two years ago. Please

read about his monumental life,

and please send him 

your love.



Prayers for the dead

are on the same footing as gifts for the living.

The angel goes in to the dead with a tray of light, bearing a cloth of light,

and says, ‘This is a gift for you from your brother so-and-so,

from your relative so-and-so.” And he delights in

it just as a living man rejoices

in a gift.


Ibn al -Ghazali




try to praise the mutilated world

travel light



to praise

the mutilated world.

Remember June’s long days,

and wild strawberries, drops of rosé wine.

The nettles that methodically overgrow

the abandoned homesteads

of exiles.



must praise

the mutilated world.

You watched the stylish yachts

and ships;
 one of them had a long trip

ahead of it,
 while salty oblivion awaited others.

You’ve seen the refugees going nowhere,

you’ve heard the executioners

sing joyfully.



should praise

the mutilated world.

Remember the moments when

we were together 
in a white room and

the curtain fluttered.
 Return in thought to

the concert where music flared.

gathered acorns in the park in

and leaves eddied

over the earth’s




the mutilated world

and the gray feather a thrush lost,

and the gentle light that strays

and vanishes



Adam Zagajewski