Two Minds

Two Minds

Every person you ever meet
has two minds
it’s true as a summer day is long.
First is the mind,
conscious and unconscious,
we use every day
in our trials and striving
with dollars, doughnuts,
fears, gripes, hopes
and day-to-day struggles.

Then, deep inside each of us
living in our souls,
reaching out from our hearts,
is who we really are—
A mind as understanding, compassionate,
brilliant, wise, fearless and kind
as anyone who has ever lived.
It whispers often to your intuition
and is capable of such great presence
it can cause miracles
great and small to happen.

Sometimes,
when you are all alone
with someone talking
and your hearts touch
or when the stakes you face
are so ultimately dire
they reach clear through your entire being,
your everyday mind steps aside
and for awhile, your second mind awakes
to shine more brightly
than a June sky sun.

Dewey Dirks

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Suiting Your Journey

Suiting Your Journey

All my life no matter where I’ve lived
I’ve always had the good fortune
to have a few friends with whom
I could occupy my time,
and I don’t mind a good conversation
with a stranger now and then either
but the sort of passions I have in life—
Mysticism, anthropology,
philosophy and writing,
have made me a loner as well.

I don’t think any writer ever writes
anything down without the intention
of having it read; I’ve long said
that written words are not complete
until they’ve been read by at least one other.
In the end writing is a social endeavor.
Likewise philosophy dictates the you acquaint
yourself with as many people as you can
and then form ideas that say useful things
about all of mankind,
and so, it too, is a social effort.
But to be a philosopher or writer
worth half a spit, you also gotta enjoy
a lot of wandering wide and far
in the solitude your thoughts and your heart.

One strange thing I’ve noticed over the years
is that long, long before I realized any of that,
I had arraigned my life in such a way
that I could be all alone with my thoughts
some of the time and well surrounded by
people some of the time.

I think that pretty much everyone is like that.
Whenever at all possible, we each arrange our lives
to suit the paths we have chosen.
Not only that, we do much of the arranging
long before we are ever consciously aware
of what path we’re on, or what arrangements
might best suit our journey.

Dewey Dirks

Maybe Stooopid. Maybe Not.

Maybe Stooopid. Maybe Not.

The other day I was at coffee having a conversation
with a young woman about some of the problems
humanity faces here in the early 21st century.
It was a nice winter day and the sun shone warmly
with a copper morning glow through the windows as we talked.
I took a sip of coffee as we both agreed that we all live
at a crucial time for our species.
We talked about some of the problems before us
such as climate change and all the wars around the globe.
We agreed that everyone alive today has a part to play
to ensure the future of our civilization and of our species.
She looked worried as we talked about
the difficulties we all face, then she said,
“Humans are evil. We’re like a cancer.”

I said, “Have hope Debbie. Humans aren’t evil.
We’re just a species right in the middle
of a big evolutionary change. The eight thousand years
that we’ve had cities and civilization’s is just a single moment
when looked at on an evolutionary time scale.
Humanity is like a caterpillar going through a metamorphosis.
No one knows exactly what we’ll be like when the change is done.
We all are just a part of the natural biosphere.
Just one species among many.
That’s why it’s very important for all of us to do what we can
to help all humanity turn out the very best we can.
You have to trust Mother Nature to know what she’s doing.”
She looked sad, and said, “Maybe we’re just bad.
You know, just a bad part of Nature. Look at all the trouble
we cause for the environment.”

I said, “Think about it this way—
Around two hundred and fifty million years ago,
long before the dinosaurs, a large number
of volcanoes erupted in what is now Siberia.
The eruptions released a huge amount of nickel into the environment.
This created the ideal conditions for the growth
of a single celled microbe called ‘archaea,’
which used the nickel as a nutrient
and who excreted methane as a result.
Supplied with great amounts of nickel and carbon,
the archea population exploded and they excreted so much methane
that it caused a giant episode of global warming
and this resulted the extinction of around ninety percent
of the species living on the planet at that time.
It was the largest extinction in the history of Mother Earth.

Were the archea evil? Were they bad? No. They were just a species
who happened to flourish when they were presented
with a huge influx of food. They lacked the presence of mind
to recognize and manage the consequences of their actions.
Humans are similar; We aren’t evil. We’re stooopid.
We are very, very good at harvesting and exploiting resources
but historically, we’ve been very dumb when it comes
to managing the consequences of our actions.

Humans are a species that evolves psychologically
rather than physiologically like other animals.
We use our minds and our cultures to evolve and adapt to change.
Only time will tell if we are a species who has evolved
the capacity to use and manage resources wisely.
Are we stooopid still? Maybe. Maybe not.
Our actions as a species over the next
one hundred and fifty years will provide the answer. “

Dewey Dirks

Book Project

Here is a poem from my upcoming book “Lullabies and Legends.”

Waiting Flight

Moving with pen
my hand draws in idea, a feathered form
Restless, reaching out
a thought strives flight
Often eager, sometimes sad
my heart beats making sweet life
Forever it’s expression I’m seeking

Always almost finished yet never quite completed
vibrant their meaning clasped in graphite
shimmering my words are waiting
caged here on this page

Freedom is found
only in emotion given to you
My thoughts remain unfulfilled
until their reflection’s been mirrored
finding flight in eyes of another

Dewey Dirks

Hi Folks 🙂 I have some very good news! My crowd funding project to bring two books into publication has begun. Please make sure to stop by my project page on Kickstarter.com and take a look at what I’m cooking up. Merry Christmas to all of you. Here is the link:

Every Breath

Every breath

A drop of water
is not the ocean
but there is an ocean
in every drop.
A grain of sand
is not the world
but there is a world
in every grain of sand.
Each breath you take
is not all the sky
but the sky
is in every breath
you breathe.
Though a single moment
is just one tiny piece
of eternity,
in every moment
can be found an infinity.

Dewey Dirks