Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Grocery Shopping for Yalda!

The price of pomegranate was as grotesque as our distance,
And the slaughtered watermelons had all the colors, but no happiness!

Somehow I found the fiery persimmons,
Placed in a distant corner next to the potatoes,
being ignored even by curious shoppers,

They were the outsiders,
And they belonged to my table!

Yalda Table, Chickpea Chateau, December 2010

To all of you who celebrate Yalda, the longest night of the year,
Happy Yalda!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


"What in truth is the thing, so far as it is a thing? When we inquire in this way, our aim is to come to know the thing-being (thingness) of the thing. The point is to discover the thingly character of the thing. To this end we have to be acquainted with the sphere to which all those entities belong which we have long called by the name of the thing." (Heidegger, Martin, "The Origin of the Work of Art", 1935 Based on a Public Lecture, in Basic Writings, ed. David Farrell Krell, section: Thing and Work p.146, )

Heidegger's Writing & the Thingness of Reading it
Austin, December 2010

Thursday, December 02, 2010


I placed the mango in the refrigerator next to the pomegranate.
Thirsty to keep them fresh for another autumn morning;
A day that our breakfast will be as colorful as the season!

If I could keep certain colorful days in the refrigerator,
I often wonder,
Would it be the end of all gloomy days?
Would I feel light again, like when you hold me close in your arms?

Pink Roses, Mango & Pomegranate, December 2010, Austin