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Magnificent Moment

How wonderful is the moment? Not that we need to try to caress and indulge every moment, but how huge are the tiny bites of life that come to us in a day? It is like a towering plate of food. It is all food we crave. We open our eyes in the morning and look and there is this huge buffet of moments. And, we must bite each one. Do we chew on it? Or do we just gulp it down? Do we savor the wonderful array of colors, hues, and gaze at the full magnitude of its presence? Within each moment is enough grace from God to give Him praise for an eternity. At the moment, we live and breathe, each breath holds enough beauty even flowing within our simple almost insignificant view of the galaxy. Though we could get a telescope and look to heavenly bodies so far away, we are restricted only in that we see the simple movie motion around our bodies. For the most part we only experience such a minute area of the universe and yet in every millimeter is enough working parts …

Out Evil Without Out Eviling the Evil

Evil has no preferred skin tone
There are evil police and evil criminals
If evil is going to be defeated we can not Stoop to its level.
We can not fight it by being more evil.
Hate comes from all shapes of people
Every color and every kind
If evil and hate are fueled by anger
We cannot out anger the two.
Our indignation must come in the form of Unwavering prudence, patience, and wisdom determined to stand against it no matter how long the battle lasts.

A Little White Establishment

A Little White Establishment

Giving the short end of the stick
Right through their teeth.
Taking the water right out of me
With a Tissue of Tomorrow:
In cahoots with my agony--
Pulling my leg, and a fast one at that, because it has none!
A business of monkeys making wool for my eyes,
I'm hoping it saves me from the dirt thrown in them.
I'm being taken for this ride
Trying to see past smoke and mirrors.
There would have to be something to bend or stretch,
But it's been ripped off, yanked
Along with my chain.
The scales fell off from its eyes,
Away from the rug that it speaks like.
And it speaks like it breathes,
Crying Wolf,
As crooked as a bucket of fish tales.
Its practice is as sharp as the grain of salt
I can take its words for,
I am not big enough to throw the establishment,
But I can trust it however far that is,
It is as full of hot air, blowing smoke from the tombstone that it is.

Cry your Crying into Weeping

Cry your Crying into Weeping

I cried once
It was the first time
I cried later to see if it felt the same
It didn't.

All I needed was someone;
Yet, the someone I needed was going to have to solve it.
All I needed was everything to never be the same again.
That time I cried the first time
I had no idea that I would cry so much.
Not only did I cry too much that time,
I cried too much the next time
and the next time.
Crying started to feel good I did it so much.
I began to think I was crying my way into heaven.
If something was trying to get my attention--
I didn't want it.
I was by myself, crying.
If you could cry away your troubles I would have done it by happenstance.
If you could call crying weeping instead, maybe I was weeping.
I can't remember the exact day that my crying turned into weeping,
But, I can tell you life is a lament.
"Life's lament" I would say. And, I felt that clever.
I have cried once because I will never be clever again.
I have cried the re…

Book Review of Demian by Herman Hesse

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A Book Review by Rob J. Blevins of www.cookingwithcrayons.com



Demian by Herman Hesse

     I couldn't put this down. Most importantly this book was written in 1919 in pre World War 1. In remembering his childhood, the author is examining the realms of good and evil, and within that he hits the age old art of building the character around his psyche and the questioning of moral principle. Since Hesse was thought to be undergoing psychoanalysis at the time of writing--there are many of the foundational qualities of psychology itself. Also, this was an important era in history because Friedrich Nietzsche had just begun decades prior to give account of the pride of nationalism in Germany and the devaluation of morals. Having Hesse as a successor to Beyond Good and Evil, it is refreshing to hear someone dealing with ethics in such a humanitarian and often sectarian light. It is a tale of the admiration of an eccentric friend by a dynamic character who happens to be the narrator,  and t…

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A Least Dreadful Longing

The Tears that Wipe the Blood from Our Cheeks

They cry out give them books.
They cry out give them money.
But no one cries out to stop the tears that wipe the blood from our cheeks.
They look for the root of the plant.
They look for the soil to spring up with never a seed.
They can but they don't
Stop a single tear.
Instead
They gaggle and babble
They waddle and wade
In a non stop pool of ideas
Each one more shallow than the last
They look for us under a mountain
Of their own misgivings,
Placed down on our peon minds
From a lofty seat of extravagance.
Greed rains down and wipes the blood from our cheeks.
Dry fountains are filled with our tears.
We long for a little light to come
We ask for forgiveness
Even though we did nothing wrong.
They hope to keep us walking
In the same direction
Towards everything we need.
They say we want it,
But we can't want what we already need.

Nothings and Nobodies

There are but few moments we often never cling to,
Though never forgotten they harsh…

Lead in the Middle

Find the One With Joy

Hop down from your post Don't dismay If all it takes is sorrow We'll find another way Make up your tragic ending Before you start to cry Or write another sonnet From teardrops in the sky Give no one all your potion Give no one all your gaze For up upon the mountain Is the maker of the maze Walk once to the end Burst through the wall Over the shadows Into the hall Back after the prize If we shall ever grow Back under the tulips Along with the rose The ships that sink our fears The hollowed harvest now The mark upon our shoulders The furrow in our brow
Make not another willow tree Before you count us gone For deep within our numbers The sadness has grown strong We search along our lines of wrath We dig up all our braids And all along each melody A notion hath been laid For on a muddy hill Much farther than we tread We know the One with Joy No longer are we dead
Thus Saith the Farther Ones
The cry is not for a hope we are never to see The lament is not for n…

Jars of Oil; Sands of Rhyme

Jars of Oil; Sands of Rhyme
by Rob J. Blevins

The Shattered Earth that Cries Like a Wreck Below
How's that? I'm awake. I'm awake.
I slept from hearing wants One man wants what another man has One woman wants to be like another man One world of power cries out for more And it's not like darkness doesn't breed itself The power runs the darkness.  How's that? I'm awake I promise. I've heard it all. One man wants to be me. One man wants to be free. The other holds him down and asks for diamonds in his crown. The kings cry out that they are peasants And the peasants will never be a king. The earth is spinning; I had hoped it would. As I had hoped it would, it does not,  But beckon for lust in the night? Of flightless abandon it can not stop crying out for more Of unpleasant anger and disruption I have heard it all. How's that? I've been here. I can't see less than I do,  Or close one eye To open the rain clouds for you: stern prayer Defend thyself…

Welcome to the Creative Endeavors of Cooking with Crayons

Dear Reader/Listener,
    My name is Robert Blevins and I'm an author/songwriter/sound engineer who has a lot of creative free time on my hands due to the sad events as of late. On the bright side, this blog is where I will let you know about anything and everything I write, publish, or record. I'm going to get this kicked off by adding our first podcast of 2020. That will be the next blog. In the podcast I'm going to just be tossing some funny thoughts around and playing some of my latest songs. I am creating so much in this social distancing/quarantine that it is necessary to keep a steady log of what I am getting done. This blog is the anchor of it all. So if you haven't followed my music before I encourage you to follow this blog and sign up so you can get notifications. Also, from time to time I will be printing short stories and poetry here so you can have new material to read. For links to my books and music for sale please go to cookingwithcrayons.com.

Yours Tr…