May 18th, 2007
eager to ripen

the above image was inspired by a member of the “wreck this journal” group on flickr who shared the wonderful technique of blowing a drop of ink across a page using a tube or straw, (in this case it was a bic pen tube). what’s brilliant about it is you never know what it will do, you have little control over that ink.
the resulting image sort of sums up my state of mind.
loose ends, loose ends, paperwork, interviews, one last one today, mailings, emails and more emails, taxes, illustration work.
these are the things my days have been about for the last few weeks.
i am winded and in need of some down time. some filling up. i think i’ve even forgot how to write, my brain is so full of other things. unimportant things. things that have nothing to do with survival or the earth.
i got my first copies of ‘wreck this journal’ this week. i am loving it even more than before and destroying my own copy in little bits every few hours. it is strange that i will not be here when it is released in a couple of weeks. not be around to see how the world receives it. but it is for a good reason.
on sunday we are off to spain and morocco (after months and months of waiting). no agenda. none. just to wander and eat and sleep wherever we end up. a bag on my back and some new foods in my belly. a bit of spanish wine. a guidebook with pages folded down, a few important words underlined. words in a language different than my own, like pension, pescaderia, playa. i will have my journal. an old paperback novel by graham greene, with pages buckled from being left out in the rain. maybe the herman hesse, though I’m trying to travel light this time. i always seem to find myself loaded down with books, wanted to bring my favourites as if they are friends coming on the journey with me. how could i leave them behind?
i have no idea who I will be when I return. travel always changes you and the new places fuse themselves into your being somehow affecting the way you see your life. but you can’t know how before you begin. just like the ink.
this would probably be a good time to share more words of herman hesse on the subject of wandering.
“Over this brave small road, the wind blows. Tree and bush are left behind, only stone and moss grow here. Nobody has anthing to look for here, nobody here owns anything, up here the farmer has neighter hay nor wood. But the distance beckons, longing awakens, and through rocks and swamp, snow, they have provided this good little road, which leads to other valleys, other houses, to other languages and other men…..
But I smile, and not only with my mouth. I smile with my soul, with my eyes, with my whole skin, and I offer these countrysides, whose fragrances drift up to me, different senses than those I had before, more delicate, more silent, more finely honed, better practiced, and more grateful. Everything belongs to me more than ever before, it speaks to me more richly and with hundreds of nuances. My yearning no longer paints dreamy colors across the veiled distances, my eyes are satisfied with what exists, because they have learned to see. The world has become lovelier than before.
The world has become lovlier. I am alone, and I don’t suffer from my lonliness. I don’t want life to be anything other than what it is. I am ready to let myself be baked in the sun till i am done. I am eager to ripen. I am ready to die. ready to be born again.
The wold has become lovelier.”
excerpted from Wandering by Herman Hesse

May 18 2007
4:11 pm
claudia writes:

if you happen to pass by Silves, in Portugal (check map – right in the middle of Algarve) on your way to or from Morroco, come enjoy a nice coffee with us and share some thoughts.
Have a safe journey and enjoy!

May 18 2007
4:18 pm
Sabine writes:

You sure are right about the fact that travel changes who we are. It’s almost like parts of us are scattered across the entire world in various places, and when we travel we find little pieces of ourselves. Can we ever find them all?

May 18 2007
5:38 pm
Maria writes:

Go to Tarifa in the south of Spain. Beautiful, windy, protected.

May 18 2007
7:17 pm
Ali writes:

Peace to you Keri – excited to see your book and exicted for you to embark on a new adventure.

May 18 2007
7:22 pm
Anna writes:

Your words make me want to go out and explore again.

May 18 2007
10:18 pm
eb writes:

wow – above a comment from Sabine – and I will be traveling as well – down to Omega at Rhinebeck NY for a workshop with Nick Bantock of Griffin and Sabine odd.. and yet not -
travel well and deep dear Keri
and do come on back
with and to a world more lovely
than before your wandering
xox – eb.

May 19 2007
4:24 am
Marilyn writes:

Safe travels. Thought of you this morning when I stopped in at Ciocolat before work. Looking forward to the book’s release. Love the ink blowing idea. But what I love best is the idea of travel with no agenda…it feels like a long while since I’ve done it that way…

May 19 2007
3:32 pm
Caroline writes:

Hi Keri — congrats on your new book coming out…I will look for it in the stores. Thanks for the inspiration – I have started writing a story – not sure where it will go but am enjoying the act of writing immensely (I feel like God: “I place this moment here…”
I am really excited about my son’s 2nd CD which will be in stores in a couple of days: Split Lips, Winning Hips, A Shiner – Shapes and Sizes. You and Jeff might really like it – they’re quite alternative/experimental.
Have a wonderful trip in Spain – I love those holidays where one has no agenda; I think it’s like stepping into heaven for a time – if only life could be like that everyday!

May 19 2007
7:06 pm
Goddess of Leonie writes:

lovely. just so incredibly lovely.
i want you to know you are an inspiration, and i am grateful for the way you DO life and share about that experience.
blessed be your journey and adventures of the mind, body and soul.

May 19 2007
9:40 pm
wish studio writes:

have an wonderfully amazing journey! can’t wait to hear of all your adventures.

May 20 2007
4:31 am
homa writes:

Last night I watch the film “The sea inside”, the srory was in spain!
Have a good trip.

May 20 2007
9:58 am
littlepurplecow writes:

What Leonie said and what a gorgeous accidental piece of art. Have a wonderful trip.

May 20 2007
9:59 am
Rachael writes:

Have a wonderful and safe journey!

May 20 2007
11:36 am
holly writes:

how wonderful!
i lived in spain (barcelona) for about 3 years, on a very strict budget, and really found some fabulous places for very little money-
so if you’d like some tips on where to go-if you’re going to barcelona- let me know!
the number one thing that comes to mind is the cluster of restaurants behind the market on the “main drag,” las ramblas. if you go through the market and past the parking lot, there is a series of restaurants starting along your right and around the corner and then the two across the street….
they are all so good! especially for big traditional spanish lunches.
there’s also a Fabulous restaurant in the middle of el raval, the ghetto of barca, called “meson david.” the Best traditional catalan food. amazing flan with homemade whipped cream. just amazing. go there, if you go anywhere in barcelona.
i could ramble on forever….but i will stop for now-let me know if you’d like more!

May 24 2007
10:58 am
nina writes:

been doing the same thing for the last 3 months. (why i haven’t sent any recent poetry posts…) 1 more month to go. graham greene always (as usual, we are on the “same page”) at hand, especially on the train. Safe journey!

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