The First Word


“Well, as you can plainly see, the possibilities are endless like meandering paths in a great big beautiful garden.”
― William S. Burroughs


When I write, quite often a word is the shortest distance between two thoughts. When I sit down to write there are occasions where I feel totally stuck There is no crossroads more intimidating than a blank screen. I mean the possibilities are infinite. This can feel frustrating. After all I have made this commitment to write at least one hundred words a day and there are both too few and way too many things to think about, talk about and write about. With so many places to go, it is way too easy to go nowhere and stall out. Finally tho I have learned a trick that seems to work every time. Start with a word.
It can be any word. That first word tho like the primal point fixes me in one reality and possibly one topic. One word leads easily to another (after all the conceptual distance between zero and one is always less than the distance between one and any other number) Once something exists it is fairly easy to get it to multiply, so one word leads to another which leads to a second and a third and before you know it, an essay or poem or story has appeared. This concept is not a new one. After all in various scriptures, the act of creation itself is described as the speaking of one word. If universal construction from the void can begin that way than surely one little blog entry can as well.
Blessings, G


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Beads of ExistenceBeads of Existence by G A Rosenberg


Crimson and GoldCrimson and Gold by G A Rosenberg


Artistic Statement


“If I lose the light of the sun, I will write by candlelight, moonlight, no light. If I lose paper and ink, I will write in blood on forgotten walls. I will write always. I will capture nights all over the world and bring them to you”
― Henry Rollins


Because I contain far more
then the contents of my content
Because I need somehow
to empty my being
before I explode
Because I need to relieve the pressure
of emotional storms and idea that
strike like lightning too fast and hard
I will create from the inside out.


Because as I express myself
I learn more of who I am
Because when I create art
I create myself as who I wish to be
Because there is expression
that comes through me not from me
I will create from the outside in


Because I see things in ways
no one else can or will
Because I have talent
and unused it will putrefy
Because I’ve grown addicted
to artistic expression
as a growth medium
I will to create
and I will create.
— G A Rosenberg


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Owl's Flight in FireOwl’s Flight in Fire by G A Rosenberg


While the World Dissolves Around MeWhile the World Dissolves Around Me by G A Rosenberg


Life, Free of Hope, Free of Despair


“Write a little every day, without hope, without despair.”
— Isak Dinesen


Hope is easy. We all dream of what we may accomplish one day or what we would like to have in our lives that may not be there as yet. Yet hope is just a vision. We have to be willing to work to make the hopes happen or at least to provide space in our lives for their fulfilment. All too often we become so busy hoping for things to get better that we forget to do anything else.
When our hopes don’t become immediately gratified or when they get dashed too many times, it is all too easy to give way to despair. We fear that our dreams will never come true and that things will stay as they are without improvement. That too is an illusion for change is a constant and things (or at least how we feel about them) will improve and worsen in their cycle. Yet when despair has us by the neck it becomes all too easy to give up on life and spend our time wallowing in it.
If we could give up on both hope and despair then we can actually live our lives, doing what we can to improve them or other things that oft if they are interesting enough keep us too busy to either aimlessly hope or mindlessly despair. Who knows maybe without the emotional roller coaster that these two horses take us on, we can actually start making our dreams come true.
Blessings, G


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Manifesting ShadowsManifesting Shadows by G A Rosenberg


A New UnderstandingA New Understanding by G A Rosenberg


Giving the Muse Her Due

“Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.”
― William S. Burroughs

I was tempted to run a poem of mine seen here a few years back called “Seducing the Muse”. It would have been relevant and it would have fit the quote but there would have been an irony in it. My commitment to my writing is at least 100 words a night be they doggerel or stream of consciousness, poetry, mini essays or what not. In this, I hope not only to increase my contact with those of you who come to read and look at the pictures but it is one of the ways I seek to keep my muse involved with me. That and constantly creating more art, honing my skills and acquiring new ones. Expressing either concepts or whims or sometimes like the tarot project, I seek to do more. After all pretty abstract designs while fun and well liked often seem like popcorn, tasty yet unwilling. It’s much more of a challenge pulling an image together from start to finish and doing my all to represent it.
Some nights I can tell when the muse is happy with me. The images and concepts flow and there is a rapport between me and the expression. Other times I stare at the screen and start to play until an image appears. Then it is up to me to convey the image to other eyes in the best way possible. So that even if she left the party for awhile, the muse will return. So far it seems to be working plus she is very forgiving.
Blessings, G

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He witnesses Her TransformationHe Witnesses Her Transformation (Gäap ) by G A Rosenberg
Rising EyeRising Eye by G A Rosenberg

Creating Reality


“Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it ‘creative observation.’ Creative viewing.”
― William S. Burroughs


I will enter my mind palace
and work with the star stuff there
I will enter the dark places
and use shadows
I will learn the colours of emotion
and throw them where I will
Lines and curves and little blocks of wood
I’ll use time and thyme and be used in return
People oh yes
beings of all kinds
belong on the screen before me.
For I create what I see
and forget what I’ve known before.
I invent my reality
but then don’t we all?
— G A Rosenberg


Blessings, G


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Jeweled RibbonsJewelled Ribbons by G A Rosenberg


Propagating WavesPropagating Waves by G A Rosenberg


Entrance to an Abstract SpaceDoorway to Imagination by G A Rosenberg

Totemic Spirits


“Those are the voices of my brothers, darling; I love the company of wolves.”
― Angela Carter


Wolf my brother in wildness
walks down the road
into the forest
He misses very little
He hungers for knowledge
and protects.
Coyote, my trickster teacher
prowls in the street
Lean thin and smiling
He shows me his jests
and guides.
Raven, ah raven
communicates news
in the nighttime
He flys freely
Spider weaves her web
in my doorway
Beautiful geometries
teach me to plan
Totemic messengers
show me the way
towards magical thinking
— G A Rosenberg


Blessings, G


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Flying Eye FormationFlying Eye Formation by G A Rosenberg


SupplicationSupplication by G A Rosenberg

Mirror Me Whole

<h3“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.”
― George Bernard Shaw


Looking in the mirror
making changes in my soul
tired of feeling like half a man
gonna recreate me whole


Make mistakes along the way
cause that’s just how I roll
seeking out my true will
make a diamond from this coal


giving my confession
clearing up my stuff
telling the truth about
the times i acted rough


seeking resolution
isn’t all that tough
Learning not to demand
more than is enough


shaping up my practice
finding a new way
of being with the infinite
living for today


Blessings, G

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Buddah ConBuddha Con by G A Rosenberg


Intertwined Snakes on a planeIntertwined Snakes on a Plane by G A Rosenberg