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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Can You Hear Me?

The minstrel sits curbside, singing his own true song. Just a minstrel with a simple tune...and a thousand shoes in passing.

There are those who choose neither to see nor listen. They shuffle and they scuffle in a seemingly endless procession. There are those who pause to listen, but cannot seem to hear. Shoes slow, only for a moment, then quickly disappear. There are those who stop to listen...
and critique. “The minstrel’s just a phony; his songs are not unique...” They think they know the minstrel, they believe they've heard the song. Smug within their wisdom, they march resolutely on. Their shoes? Lost among those of the deaf and the uncomprehending.

In the end, there will simply be one pair of shoes. Silver coins cascade to cup.

Sing to me again, minstrel...sing once more...and then again.”

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought of this post just now when I read this on OceanShamans blog...thought I'd share with your permission :

Peace and clarity are the attributes of an open mind.

An open mind does not cherish opinions or harbor prejudices.

It is not preoccupied with judgments or interpretations.

An open mind is unfettered and free to respond to the challenges of the moment.

It does not dwell on the past or fantasize about the future.

It is present right here and now.

As a result, it is open to all of the possibilities that might arise.

- Paul Ferrini
Namaste, Jonas

Wed Jul 18, 11:54:00 PM  
Blogger Amaris said...

Perhaps there is a Troubador in all of us, whether repressed with intent or neglect, who shuffles around with words to a unique anthem or an assimilated, parroted jingle.

Thu Jul 19, 02:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Ed said...

Jon, you should see the new and unusual movie musical, "Once." It's partially the story of a street troubador, but is mainly about the power of love. A very unique and emotionally involving piece of work.

Thu Jul 19, 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger Jonas said...

Oh, how different the world would be if we all had open minds, Ms. Anon!

Ah, Amaris, let's bless the minstrels who sing purely, honestly and sweetly.

Thanks for the movie recommendation, Ed! Sounds like something I'd enjoy.

Thu Jul 19, 01:03:00 PM  
Blogger Sunny Delight said...

Unfortunately, it takes more than some seem able to do, to be open to the magic within each one of us... to quiet their thoughts, their opinions and just stop and open themselves to truly hear.

Nick Drake's voice and this song are beautiful, as well as are your words.

Thu Jul 19, 08:18:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Can hear you

Loud and clear.

Fri Jul 20, 11:58:00 AM  
Anonymous motherwintermoon said...

Oh wow. This lodged deep in my heart. May I post it on my webspace, please? Credit link back to you of course.

We are all the minstrel at times, and at times we are all the listeners who fail to hear.

Sometimes we are more one than the other, minstrel or passerby.

Sat Jul 21, 10:07:00 AM  
Blogger Jonas said...

My Delight, thank you for your lovely (and wise) comment.

I'm not surprised in the least, Jenn. Thank you.

Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts Mother Wintermoon. Please use ths post how you wish. Thank you for the attribution, and thank you so very much for asking!

Sat Jul 21, 02:02:00 PM  
Blogger Laurie Anne said...

man, it's good to read you in full force again...

Tue Jul 24, 12:13:00 AM  
Blogger Jonas said...

Thanks, Laurie, but I'm not at full force...yet. Someday.

Tue Jul 24, 07:45:00 AM  

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