a dike


dike was the goddess of justice, fair judgements and the rights established by custom and law.

eunomia  was the goddess of good order and lawful conduct. She was associated with the internal stability of a state, including the enactment of good laws and the maintenance of civil order.

eirene was the goddess of peace and the season of spring.


Walking under Warm Sunlight at Philosopher’s Walk (哲学の道) in Kyoto (京都) Japan by TOTORORO.RORO


middle-earth meme: five locations [4/5] edoras

“…I see a white stream that comes down from the snows,” he (Legolas) said. “Where it issues from the shadow of the vale a green hill rises upon the east. A dike and mighty wall and thorny fence encircle it. Within there rise the roofs of houses; and in the midst, set upon a green terrace, there stands aloft a great hall of Men. And it seems to my eyes that it is thatched with gold. The ligh of it shines far over the land. Golden, too, are the posts of its doors. There men in bright mail stand; but all else within the courts are yet asleep.“

“Edoras these courts are called,” said Gandalf, “and Meduseld is that golden hall. There dwells Théoden son of Thengel, King of the Mark of Rohan.” (The Two Towers, p. 661)

A Ritual to Read to Each Other

by William Stafford

If you don’t know the kind of person I am
and I don’t know the kind of person you are
a pattern that others made may prevail in the
and following the wrong god home we may miss
          our star.

For there is many a small betrayal in the mind,
a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break
sending with shouts the horrible errors of
storming out to play through the broken dike.

And as elephants parade holding each
         elephant’s tail,
but if one wanders the circus won’t find the
I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty
to know what occurs but not recognize the fact.

And so I appeal to a voice, to something
a remote important region in all who talk:
though we could fool each other, we should
lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the

For it is important that awake people be awake,
or a breaking line may discourage them back to
the signals we give — yes or no, or maybe —
should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.


Kamo River (鴨川) in Spring in Kyoto (京都) Japan by TOTORORO.RORO
Via Flickr:
Kamo River (鴨川) in Spring with lots of blossoms along it, viewed from Sanjo Dori Bridge (三条大橋) in Kyoto (京都) Japan. Camera Information: Model: Sony NEX-6 Lens: Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS Zoom Lens E-mount (SEL55210).