strands

Learning to love

I run
green fingers
to untangle
the stubborn
intertwined
strands,
I water
shriveled roots
that unclasp
coarse earth,
give up,
I coax
prodding and nudging
gently reminding
them,
to love
life
little by little.

© SoulReserve 2017

Silver Strands

The hazy days of summer

with the heat lines coming off the road

in the distance

and the cigarette smoke coming up

next to me.

The cicadas have started singing their

sorrowful song

and Mr. Tom Waits

mumbles the blues to go along.


When I was a child summer was

bringing all your friends to you

and hanging out by the pool

and making them into a fool,

or me or you, and

now it’s this.

Driving down back roads

with the windows rolled

and my best friend in the world

Seeing things and doing things

we wouldn’t do at home


You know, we may have lost

the golden days of our childhood

All we can do is look at them in post,

but I feel like we are still clinging

to the last silver strands of…

I guess I can’t call it

adolescence anymore.


Summer is still my favorite season.

Principal strands of continental philosophy:

1) German idealism and romanticism, and their aftermath (Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Schlegel and Novalis, Schleiermacher, Schopenhauer)
2) The critique of metaphysics and the ‘masters of suspicion’ (Feuerbach, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Bergson)
3) Germanophone phenomenology and existential philosophy (Husserl, Max Scheler, Karl Jaspers, Heidegger)
4) French phenomenology, Hegelianism and anti-Hegelianism (Kojève, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Bataille, de Beauvoir)
5) Hermeneutics (Dilthey, Gadamer, Ricoeur)
6) Western Marxism and the Frankfurt School (Lukács, Benjamin, Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse, Habermas)
7) French structuralism (Lévi-Strauss, Lacan, Althusser), post- structuralism (Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze), post-modernism (Lyotard, Baudrillard), and feminism (Irigaray, Kristeva)

—  Simon Critchley
Me in Strand Book Store
  • *tries to jump and reach travel book for Korea*
  • Me: Really?
  • Guy: *looks over*
  • Me: *in innocent voice* Um, excuse me, I can't reach that book. Can you help me?
  • Guy: *in Asian accent* Sure.
  • Me: No, the other way, yeah that one!
  • Guy: Oh, Korea. Are you Korean?
  • Me: *chuckles* Um, no.
  • Guy: You want to go to Korea?
  • Me: Yes.
  • Guy: Oh, I'm Korean. It's nice to meet you.
  • Me: *surprised* Oh, annyeonghaseyo.
  • KOREAN guy: *sticks out hand* Haha.
  • Me: *shakes hand happily*
  • Total highlight of my day : D