Archives for the month of: May, 2014

Eagle festival 13 (2) - i am freeI am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will. ~ Charlotte Brontë

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Eagle festival 3 (3)
I know why the caged bird sings

The free bird leaps on the back of the wind
and floats downstream till the current ends
and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage
can seldom see through his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with fearful trill
of the things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.

~ Maya Angelou

Shibaoshan gehuiWhere words fail, music speaks. ~ Hans Christian Andersen

An elderly ethnic Bai villager sits holding a black umbrella and traditional musical instrument at an annual local music festival held at Shibao Mountain.

12-shejianEach arrow you shoot off carries its own target into the decidedly secret tangle.

Jeden Pfeil, den du losschickst, begleitet das mitgeschossene Ziel ins unbeirrbargeheime Gewühl.

~ Paul Celan

Maybe being powerful means to be fragile. ~ Ai Weiwei

RIP Liu Xiaobo (1955-2017)

A Tibetan villager sits in front of a poster of Mao Zedong’s portrait taped to a wall in his home over Losar, the Tibetan New Year, in Yubeng village, northwest Yunnan province. Like other Native residents, the man and his brother pictured here https://miacimu.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/happy-valentines-day, share the same wife, an ethnic Lisu woman from another village, with whom they have two children. Although children may share characteristics or physical features that resemble one brother or another, they don’t actually know who their biological father is. From an economic perspective, polyandry, like other ‘cultural traditions’, served a practical purpose in eastern ‘ethnographic Tibet’, where arable land and other resources were scarce. It was a risk aversion or survival strategy so families could concentrate their limited assets and accumulate more material wealth rather than having to divvy it up amongst brothers, possibly subjecting the entire family to greater poverty and vulnerability. However, polyandry could also expose family members to increased disease vectors.

ImageThis photograph of Darang Durung Glacier in Zanskar, India, is dedicated to the memory of Mira N. Erickson (1940-2014), in whose tribute a strand of Tibetan prayer flags flies at Penzila Pass. Lha Gyal-lo. Rest in peace.

98e NH1 Kashmir valley (3)What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains. ~ Tennessee Williams