The poet accomplishes his design instinctively, but at the same time with knowledge. In him, knowledge has become instinct, and during the conception of the poem, knowledge works in him as if it were nature alone. When the work is almost completed, when the inspiration has pronounced its will, then, and only then, does the knowledge become conscious knowledge once again.
—Edith Sitwell, A Poet’s Notebook
Quote of day, in response, with Courtesy to Mr. Nevala Lee
_Knowledge is limited, Imagination encircles the World. _Albert Einstein
Knowledge is not enough by itself, this is acquired through learning, it’s not innate to the mind, and perfected, although it becomes an automatism, and a second instinct for a poet, he needs Inspiration, and Imagination, rather than learned from experiences, and besides to it his muse, be it Clio, or one of the eight other muses. To be inspired, for a writer, to find le- mot-juste, for a musician the right note that puts all things together in harmony , to a symphony , and for painter, the light in a given time of the day, to fix that moment precisely on a canvas, and for them, it’s only at that instant that one’s unleashes his imagination, The poet finally comes up with a work in a few words, that we call it a poem, a unique master piece. _Kalimelo
When you get to put pen to paper, when you start writing, you are in a phase of trance, you just experience an emotional trauma at hand of a paper back, holding your pen at the end of your fingers like a scalpel, you are giving birth in silence to an idea that you were always carrying on through your whole life. A project that was inspired longtime ago, by my father’s life experiences, when in a moment of un-empowerment, the day he declared me, in a moment at the summit of his pain, like putting his garments down completely denuded from his courage, and his struggling to mask his suffering; he shed then a tear like it was a speck, from his tear duct, and said to me:” if I know how to write, I would fill a thousand books, if I recount my torments to the mute, he muttered without a stammer, and if I tell my pain to ear of the river, it will flood to the ocean …”
“I Write Because…”:
Because, he gave me the chance to go to school, first to the Medersa of the small dwellings, in the out-skirts of Algiers, where I was living in the time of the French colonies, because he never went to school, because in the times of this cholera, when you reach fourteen years old your were sent to Shepard of herd of sheep, because , second time, when and just after we got the Independence from France, he paid for me to go to school, because I was fourteen years old, and too old for the age of middle-school, and having enough Knowledge for the upper-classes; but because I was fourteen, I was considered as a man then, and I was at an age to be capable to understand my Man, so he felt he could tell me something that he never declared intimately to anyone else.
Like a secret; I felt like a pact was sealed, that I could concrete one day, when I will be ready to accomplish his vow. That moment when it came, I felt like an uneasily Procrustean…
While doing so, I felt an uneasily procrustean : Here and there limbs of the manuscript needed to be stretched, and elsewhere a protruding foot might be lopped off, if all the episodes were to be edited into a single, coherent, continuous work.
John Callahan, “Afterword: A Note to Scholars,” Juneteenth, by Ralph Ellison, 1999
Frist, I was goofing around, like anyone else in New York, with Daily Post Prompts, and all of nowhere, years after putting my feet on the ground, the (planchet-des-vaches), or the plank of cows, translated, I was a flight attendant goofing around the world, here and there, and all of a sudden, I started gushing here, with this blog.
And_”It all started, more or less, something like this… “_Kurt Vonnegut
To be continued …if you like to read more, care to come back to my place a little Dickens, or a Mark Twin’s?
Sometimes, you may say to yourself, “I think I over do, now,” by using the same terms over and over, people get tired of the blah, at the end _ yadayada, I know, but trying to grab some audiences, it’s hard for a blogger, everyone knows that, and everyone looks for it. Not that I need it. There are some causes, ideals, Aristotelianism, are lost in advance, I knew it the moment I started blogging. It’s not a self-flagellation either, but it was an awareness of the moment; the disappearance of a species, but the welfare of a bird, it’s the least concern today.
That is, when you feel like you have exhausted, when all the possible and imaginary means, using the Prompts of the day, quotes, poetry from poets, and writers… You’re about to throw the towel. Then, sometimes, by just listening to a song, like the one ” Drift Away” from Rod Stewart. Then, you have the declic, it puts you back on tracks
Day after day, I’m more confused
Yet I look for the light through the pourin’ rain
You know that’s a game that I hate to loose
And I’m feelin’ the strain, ain’t it a shame
Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock ‘n’ roll and drift away
Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock ‘n’ roll and drift away
Beginnin’ to think that I’m wastin’ time
I don’t understand the things I do
The world outside looks so unkind
Now I’m countin’ on you to carry me through*
Yet, this is it, You get then, a feeling, that you want to fling to the world, your plea,
_”Give me the beats boys, and free my soul,I wanna get lost in your conversation, and lost in translation, and drift away.”
_”Give me the courage to persevere writing, blogging, and posting, for a noble cause to save an endangered bird from disappearing.”
Because it has been five years in the making of Mackneen, The Algerian Goldfinch blog, that I’m blogging and posting, posts after posts, through the Internet, and WordPress, to make my call inviting people to join my conversation, to get the bird, tha Goldfinch, namely, free from the cage, from all the cages around the world.
Because, when you write, it’s your voice that you hear, your silent monologue settles inside your mind, you want to shout it out load what you have in your gusts, and you want to get out the hell of it those itching words that are elbowing against each other’s, who to come first to the open, to put it down to paper, at the view of the common reader, and accepting be critiqued, for you audacity, and daring to compose and post such non-sense. Like this one, such as.
It’s insane, I know, but I am not the only one, there is a lot of celebrities out there, they went, like Don Quixote De La Pampa, battling against the windmills, but more than a daydream, they make it their cause, like the French Actress Brigitte Bardot, defending the seals against their abusive massacre, and many more others, Ushuaia, We discover each day that million of species are almost disappearing from the surface of the earth.
So, I learned more, thence in my quest of sources to support my cause than, I expected, in my own beliefs, that the cause has the merits to be consistent, and true, that is not being a utopia, a euphoric chimera of the mind. When you know that the name Goldfinch is deeply anchored in the sub-conscience of the people through the ages, be it religious beliefs, like in Christian literatures or propane rites and customs and not merely folks traditions, by only checking into Wikipedia.
when you know that John Kavanagh, Keats, Dona and the list is long , to cite just few, had the privilege to be the predecessors in evoking the goldfinch in their poems, and proses, in their essays and masterpiece, than I believe that it worth borne identity of El Mackneen, the Algerian Goldfinch, even it was futile and elusive matter of blogging about.
When you get to know that a writer has a Noble Price, like Dona Tart, a novel that has a name of the goldfinch, it’s no shame to kvel well up. So, although it was just a dream at it début , yet it has been already five years that I blog under the name of Macknee, The Algerian Goldfinch, may be one day, it comes to light.
It’s time to free my mind, and uncage my imagination.
_knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world, Einstein
It’s not the cage that encircles the idea. It’s the mind, free your mind, and let is soar above the common beliefs.
Sometimes goldfinches one by one will drop
From low hung branches; little space they stop;
But sip, and twitter, and their feathers sleek;
Then off at once, as in a wanton freak: 90
Or perhaps, to show their black, and golden wings
Pausing upon their yellow flutterings.
Peering at things through my window, while I was taking my breakfast, at just that moment the screen door opened and my mom threw out a basin of water, it flashed through the air and struck the ground where the light spilled throw the window. A thousand gliming goldfinches lifted from the bushes of thistles in the garden, the instant the water hit the ground, and fell back the instant forward, like an oriental silk carpet, thrown by a rugs merchant in front of you.
A charm of goldfinches, that came from nowhere, stopped by like by enchantment, and disappeared the second after, they fed their hunger, a flew a way to fell again down on the railroad paling, at a distance. You can see miles from here.
The goldfinches on the railway paling were worth looking at A man might imagine then Himself in Brazil and these birds the birds of paradise
I took my bag, and I went outside, going my way to school.
_ T’was by a lovely morning
_ When the summertime came
_ and just before that school closed
_ Going my way nice and easy, in deed
_ suddenly, I felt inside of me something bleed
_ making my day not so bright
_ a surge of tears, an urge to cry, in despair
_ I had none, something to tell, or to whom to write,
_ nor to recite, this piece of poetry, nor pair
_ that’s when sometimes you got the blues
_ and you had the heart torn away, too loose.
_ I encarved our hearts into a trunk of a tree,
_ At the fork of two roads, I lingered to think,
_ I decided, but to choose that day
_ the one not I always take,
_ I stopped by a river bank, at the school of cutting classes,
where you play at hide, and seek, by the bushes
_ where you learnt the tools of the trades,
the arts and crafts, those small things of life,
state-of-art, of everything,
_ things that people envy you for, gossip about and jibe,
_ but silently wish to do, and dare never did.
_ Sweet sixteen, smoking cigs, makes you feel not at ease,
_ just because to showing off, among friends,
and but just to please.
_ What had left, at last, of things that had to pass,
but then when there is no more of such sweet thing,
_ of see you later, I love you and for forever, alas
_ who fancy, to tell me how? That’s all was fake
_ you, who knows love, where and how to take
_ “and I, the while, the sole unbusy thing,
_ Not honey to make, nor pair, no build or sing”
_ It was all about love, and understanding.
_ Bitterly, this is it, C’est la vie, yes I learnt
_ By the road not always that people took,
_ I went to see the railroads men, and departing train.
_ with pain in my heart, and the day it mights rain
_ I will tell you such, and such where the joy
_ tears, laughter, sorrow, and pain, my friend
_ a broken heart, a wounded limb of a lit’l boy
On a milestone, by the railway I sat
I basked at the swarm of Goldfinches paling
were worth looking at,
Then all my pain in my heart I forget
An old man came to my way, then he said
Hey, little man, look at them
Aren’t they beautiful, like sunshine paling
A man might imagine then
Himself in Brasil and these birds the birds of Paradise
I don’t know Brasil, I said and where it is
And the old man , what he said and who he was
But I felt warm in heart, and cool like i was in Paradise
“In the poem The Great Hunger by Patrick Kavanagh, the goldfinch is one of the rare glimpses of beauty in the life of an elderly Irish farmer:_ the poem above, at the top of the page”
In #RememberanceDayforLostSpecies I dedicated this blog, some 5 years, in an attempt to bring to attention of readers in Algeria in particular, where the Algerian Goldfinch is endangered.
I launched an SOS , like a message in a bottle into the sea:
Save the Algerian goldfinch!
When you write, who is watching you?
It’s true, that for a poet, he has his own muse, Erato, a musician his own muse it’s Melpomene, but Calliope, the muse for a writer, she never shows up when he needs her the most, she is whimsical at times. So we are always fascinated, in our quest, by the blanc of a page, waiting for the moment when inspiration strikes, and we forget to look around, to things that we treasures for the longest, they are witnesses of our moments in life, or some we lost, that is_
“Somewhere, those poor things must still be knocking about”__Constantine Cavafy
It has been in the traditions of to many countries, and their cultures as well , for the longest as we can go back in to the past, in the history of literature, in humanities, we find that people has an intimated affection for the goldfinch, in particular, either through the religious interpretation of icons, in Arts, like in Christianity, referring to biblical scriptures, or for the profane, in the folklore, and artisanal arts and crafts, in poetry, and in writing prose.
I had a photo of a pet, a Bird, The Goldfinch, that I took while I was in Algiers, I framed it and put it on top of a corner of the TV furniture, just facing me, on the spot, usually where I use to sit to write. It had a sad look, it seemed like, it wanted to tell me something, like bagging me, for a plea, each time I look at it.
I couldn’t bring a caged bird with me, on board the airplane, 5 years ago, when I returned home because, simply it’s insane, for, imagine having a cage bird inside the cabine, or put in the belly of the plane with the luggage, for 10 to 14 hours, it’ll be dead at the arrival. Secondo, not only its prohibited and a protected species, but with all hustle of authorised documents, and vaccines, and with the flu bird, forget it. I resigned one’s mind and gave the bird as a souvenir from me to cousin, then.
So I gave up after that on the breeding thing. And the very idea to have a pet bird.
I get inspired by two WordPress prompts, “Witness, and Last Call! commenting Boot camp.”
Here, with the same post below, that I posted 4 years ago, it was my fist blog, the story is:
It all started, more or less, like this_
Dear readers, يا اللاحبا ب ، و ىا لولاد ,
Chers amis , l'heure est grave, time is running out,
El_Mackeen, The Goldfinch, the Elegant Chardoneret Parva est en voie de disparition,
the bird is endangered, and in its way of disappearance, do you know that?
Dear friends in Algeria , let's do it, let's make it happens!
Let's make the first day of spring un event, let it be the day of El Mackneen
At first glance, five years ago, it’s looked like gibberish, for anyone who has stumbled upon my blog, accidentally, or in purpose, he got there by chance, looking for some kind of, a matter of inspiration, he might said, “what is this!”, and passed on in a click, to the next blog. Continue reading Save the Algerian goldfinch!
Fly, baby, fly!
My Favorite Oject of blogging today is this: Mackneen, The Algerian Golfinch, my first blog has Five Years of existence!
The reason why I started it is, The Daily Prompt of that day was: if it was given to you to choose an exceptional topic for an anniversary day, what is It?
So, credit is where credits are due, it has been five years, that I was bringing back and forth, to attention to the reader, that many endangered species are in their way of disappearance, among them, Mackneen, The Algerian Goldfinch.
A Name, though it seems a superficial and outward matter, yet it carrieth much impression and enchantment.__Francis Bacon
So, with time, it has a name, the idea made its way through blogging, and today: Voila!
This is it: Mackeen, the Algerian Goldfinch blog has an Anniversary: thank you WordPress.com!
5 Year Anniversary Achievement
Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 5 years ago!
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!
All my pleasure! Thank you too, for considering featuring my blog, actually I dedicated initially it to the cause for protecting the endangered bird; The Goldfinch, El Mackeen, from the anarchical cage breeding that It was exposed to in Algeria, it became really endangered; thanks to the Algerians Services for the protection of the environment, it’s now became a protected species and it is forbidden to capture, and caged it
Thanks extra large
So, dear reader,
You are holding my achievement in your hands,
please send me your feeds, and don’t forget to click on ” like” button, and “follow” my blog, it’s for a good cause, and a beautiful ideal
“a dying language regressing
to your origin regressing
to the rib whittling yourself
down to a single bone to be
allowed another chance”
“Eden, nobody will be screaming
to harvest you in the new
Eden there will be birds
but no mirrors or dew
to reflect you back like a star
and force you to stare into
your own furred face and cry
there you are
_An excerpt of a poem by Isabelle Doyle, a former student at Emma Willard School.
And sill here I am.
_The Cry of birds_Grew from the ramage of birds to the hurry of wind_Hugh McCrae
Here I am, for the nonce
Here I am in a cage
My cry grew from the ramage
Of birds, To the hurry of winds
Shall I ever have a chance
To fly, fly, again, and drift away
Finally Home, I’ll cry and I’ll say
That’s, the one and only once
I need yes in deed, to be free
Thence, all I need is my wings
to spread in spree
Here I am, and always be
You put me one day in a cage
Can’t you see me today that I age?
Can’t you see me that I am bleeding?
Can’t you see me that I am weeping?
Like a violin bow, on its hair string
T’was the first day of Spring
That day going my way straight to my fate
That I used to be free before t’was too late
Then I was nattering in my joy and glee
With No motive for my killing spree
Spending my joy from tree to tree
Having no foe, nor a prey I was to be
Safe that a carol of joy betrayed me
I was caught In a dream-catcher net
It was a gloomy day, that’s Ô! My fate
Mother Nature comes to me, ready set for rejoice
Full of fun, laughing of plenty to hear my voice
For, You don’t know why I sing, ah! me
It was the first day of Spring, for me
It’s only but a prayer, from the bottom of my heart I sing
but a plea I wish you hear me, that upward to Heaven I fling
That one day you may let me free, before it was too late
No more I can fly, nor my wings I can spread
It’s only Poetry, a lady
she knows toward me, she said
I know why The Caged Birds Sing
I know why The Caged Birds sing, ah me,
when his wing is bruised and his bosom sore
when he hit the bars, and would be free;
it is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his hearth's deep core,
but a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings
I know why the caged bird sings_Maya Angelou
Let It Be
When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. Let it be, let it be. Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.
That’s my carol of joy and glee
Now that’s here I am, and free
_Homage to El Baji,an Algerian singer and songwriter of Algiers of Old, Kalimelo
It’s so true that, I am in an instance of a sudden fascination by the quest of reading his story or hers, nailed to my seat, a turning-pages delightful book; an artist or write with that talent of telling the thing on his own words, and through the images of a cartoon characters and that let you hungry for more, as she already said everything there, and had finished her quiet quest to the end, and you still turning the last page. Thanks for sharing, Theo
“It’s not a time to make a change
Just relax and take it easy”
Diamonds, money, and gold
Ago a kid, I was told
Are just dust on the road,
Your soul you never sold
To the devil, a king or fiend
and bold You stay,
for a dime you swoop
Sweat and tears, Down the road
Make it’s your pocket your friend
And become rich one day you hope,
It’s a better man you are now
Poor, than being a million dollars man
Without goodness in your heart
Stay clean of all vices
Be kind to your man
That’s all my advises
Find a girl, settle down
If you want you can marry
Look at the me I am old but I am happy