Sleep Song of Darkness

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Darkness falls
As rain
From clouds
Of nightmare
Stories created
For the
Terror of
Wakeful children
Dissolving in
Grease traps
And culverts
And drains
Washed there
By Black
Ink storms
The poisoned
Mother tears
Swallowing
Liquid night
Craving lost
Mystery to
Be herself
As Oblivion
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Bear … 09.21.2015
ⓒBearspawprint2015

One Word Song

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Her Wind comes from nowhere
Neither north nor south,
Neither east nor west,
Yet it blows, howling and wild.
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Harmony of her sleepless sorrow Wind,
Is a calibered whistle with a lashing tail of ice,
Screaming, screaming as ripping silk,
An obi unwinding forever, her body spinning.
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Death and red hair, evidence embedded,
Music, prayers, dreams, children, fly free.
Burned lips carefully placed in an O,
She sings her one word death song, Wind.
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Bear … 09.18.2015
ⓒBearspawprint2015

Red Hair

Obi = 帯
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Pater Noster, Bali Ha’i and Mother

My Mother had an exceptional opera quality contralto that she used occasionally as a young teen.  Mother sang solos, by invitation, in large Atlanta churches, during and just after WWII. She never needed microphones or other enhancement. When she sang, a cappella, the Pater Noster with Doxology, her long dark deep red hair glistening in sunlight  streaming through stained glass, even the  most   calloused, hardened veterans, and harshly bitter, destroyed elders would shiver and weep.

Mother married at sixteen. When she was nineteen I was born. Her magnificent voice was silenced, except to sublimate her longings into entertainment for her children.

Bali Ha’i, recorded the year I was born, is a song my Mother used to sing. Though she longed to travel across the oceans and visit exotic islands, she also longed for personal expression.  She never did have the opportunities or circumstances for either.  The lyrics of this beautiful song express longing for more than a particular geographic place. The Lord’s Prayer, or Pater Noster, we all know.

Bear … 12.12.2014
ⓒ Bearspawprint2014

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OUR FATHER, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.
PATER NOSTER, qui es in cœlis;
sanctificatur nomen tuum:
Adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in cœlo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie:
Et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris:
et ne nos inducas in tentationem:
sed libera nos a malo.
Quia tuum est regnum, et potestas, et Gloria,
in saecula.
Amen.
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Pater Noster — Peteris Vasks
Latvian Radio Choir-
Sinfonietta Riga-
Sigvards Klava

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Bali Ha’i

Most people live on a lonely island,
Lost in the middle of a foggy sea.
Most people long for another island,
One where they know they will like to be.

Bali Ha’i may call you,
Any night, any day,
In your heart, you’ll hear it call you:
“Come away, Come away.”

Bali Ha’i will whisper
In the wind of the sea
“Here am I, your special island!
Come to me, come to me!”

Your own special hopes,
Your own special dreams,
Bloom on the hillside
And shine in the streams.
If you try, you’ll find me
Where the sky meets the sea.
“Here am I, your special island
Come to me, Come to me.”

Bali Ha’i,
Bali Ha’i,
Bali Ha’i!

Someday you’ll see me floating in the sunshine,
My head sticking out from a low flying cloud,
You’ll hear me call you,
Singing through the sunshine,
Sweet and clear as can be:
“Come to me, here am I, come to me.”
If you try, you will find me
Where the sky meets the sea.
“Here am I, your special island
Come to me, Come to me.”

Bali Ha’i,
Bali Ha’i,
Bali Ha’i!


Bali Ha’i — Bloody Mary solo: Juanita Hall
Columbia Masterworks Record# ML 4180 (green label) from 1949.
Composer: Richard Rodgers.
Lyricist: Oscar Hammerstein II.
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… And One Lived Insane

Red Hair — a series inextricably woven together

1.  
2. 
3.  And One Lived Insane

Naked
Humming
Madness
Singing
Soothed
By silent
Familiar
Friends
Guardians
Vultures
Perched
Two or one
Or three
On
Open doors
.
Protection
From
Witches
Allowing
Escape
One room
To another
.
Infants cry
In the
Bath
Children
Find them
Dissolved
Washed
Away
Calling
From
The drains
.
Forgotten
Tabouli
Shimmers
Surreal
Movement
Of larvae
Or rice
Squirming
Uneaten
.
Roaches
Scurry to
Cracks
Gossiping
In the
Walls
Your own fault
Your own fault
Eating
Glue
Eating
Books
Cellulose
Each other
.
Clacking
Bones
Pacing
Jutting hips
Bruised
Ribs
Elbows
Vertebrae
Knees
Hinged
Jaws
Rattle
Awkward

Self starved
.
Head
Swivels
Unsteady
Too heavy
.
Fleas stir
Awakened
By pacing
Forward
And back
Forward
And back
Frantic
Millions
Fleas
Biting
Crawling
Hopping
.
Fingernails
Neglected
Scratching
Scratching
No relief
.
No rest
So tired
Forward
And back
.
Gratitude
For the
Buzzards
Keeping
Safe from
Witches
Or
Family
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
Nod
Thank you
Prayerful
Hands
Namaste
Shalome
Whatever
.
Someone
With too
Many legs
Cackling
Useless
Noise
Put on clothes
Clean house
Clean house
Clean house
Orders
Commanding
Buzzing
Yazz-uh
Yazz-uh
.
Too much
Noise
The static
The whining
Mosquitoes
Clouds of
Mosquitoes
Or wasps
Follow
Collecting
The commands
Sucking
Bloody
Words
Your own fault
Your own fault
Your own fault
.
Faster
Forward
And back
.
Vultures
Knowing
Watch
Guarding
Keeping
Witches
Away

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Thank you
Thank you
Waiting
For dinner
Namaste
Shalome
Whatever
.
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Bear … 08.25.2014
ⓒ Bearspawprint 2014
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Sargassum And Red Hair Raft


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It came to be that
The four grew weary
Of living in corners,
The child skating circles
Around the ceiling light .
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While one lived insane,
And more insane,
And one died mad,
Over and over, rebirthed
To die again and again.
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One, all alone, kept watch,
Sleepless as the child’s
Guardian, safe passage
Only while unblinking.
They flew as a  red Phoenix.
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A journey of red hair felted,
Woven in the heart of madness,
A magic red hair carpet, they
Flew and swam blending,
Hidden in the Sargasso Sea.
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As an exotic island laughing
Eyes, swirling kaleidoscope
Lives, entangled as hopeless
As death, reborn to die mad
Anew, in a dawn of saline.
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Dew broken not by marching
Feet, awareness of  deep sleep
Refusing, dream prophesies
Cross spread, gyre fortunes,
A Sargassum and Red Hair raft.
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Bear . . . 06.30.2014
ⓒ Bearspawprint 2014
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Red Hair Soup

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Once there were four red-heads
Living in the same room
One lived insane
One died mad
One was entirely alone
One was a child
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One room with many walls
Many compartments
To sort all the words
Shouted singing together
In the floor sprawled days
Stirring red hair soup
.
Generated by their
Proximity to each other
Electric sparks
Lifted and tangled
Sorrel red deep dark red
Red blonde and henna dyed
.
Repelled each resided
In a diamond corner
North and South and
East and West
Inverted the four
Slept on the ceiling
.
The long tangled red hair
Felted together in hot hearts
Fused above dangling feet
Sleep walking in air watching
Six sleepless eyes unblinking
The child asleep in her corner
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Once there were four red-heads
Living in the same room
One lived insane
One died mad
One was entirely alone
One was a child
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One was me.
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Bear . . . 06.14.2014
ⓒ Bearspawprint 2014
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Redhead Genes

There are definitely redheads in my family!  And there is red in the hair of my grandchildren and one
is (the little girl born 2 years ago on my birthday) is VERY red-haired.  So even though my daughter

in-law has ash tones to her blonde hair, there’s a redhead in her ancestry somewhere.  Even the brunettes

in my family, including descendants,  had (have) red tones.  My brothers have red beards …..

Are You Carrying the Redhead Gene?

Some parents worry that their children will be born with a rare disease or a hidden genetic disorder. Other parents, however, wonder if their children will possess something more obvious: red hair.

A British ancestry company, BritainsDNA, is now offering parents the chance to see if their children might inherit the so-called “ginger gene,” the Telegraph reports. The test will scan each parent’s DNA for signs of the so-called MC1R gene that causes redheadedness.

“Through a simple saliva test to determine deep ancestry, we can … identify whether an individual is a carrier of any of the three common redhead variants in the gene MC1R,” said Dr. Jim Wilson, chief scientist at BritainsDNA, as quoted in the Huffington Post.

PHOTOS: Evolution Before Your Eyes

The gene for red hair is recessive, so a person needs two copies of that gene for it to show up or be expressed. That means even if both parents carry the gene, just one in four of their children are likely to turn out to be a redhead. As a result, families that have no redheads for decades can suddenly discover a carrottop in their midst.

“Families can carry a variant for generations, and when one carrier has children with another carrier, a redheaded baby can appear seemingly out of nowhere.” Wilson said, as quoted in the Daily Mail.

Though there’s no scientific evidence that redheads deserve their reputation for having fiery temperaments, some recent reports suggest having red hair is associated with a number of health issues. A study from the journal Nature found that the pigment pheomelanin, which is responsible for red hair, may also make redheads even more susceptible to melanoma than fair-skinned blondes, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Sperm Bank Rejects Redheads

And a widely reported study from the Journal of the American Dentistry Association found that redheads are more sensitive to pain and require extra anesthesia during surgery, according to ABC News.

But there may be some advantages to having red hair, too, EverydayHealth.com reports. The pale skin that redheads usually have is more efficient at soaking up sunlight — and sunlight is required for the body to manufacture vitamin D, an essential nutrient.

Worldwide, red hair is quite rare, and just over 0.5 percent, or one in 200 people, are redheads — this amounts to almost 40 million people, the Daily Mail reports.

In Ireland, an estimated 10 percent of the population has red hair, though about 40 percent of the Irish carry the recessive gene. In Scotland and England, 13 percent and 6 percent, respectively, are redheaded, according to the Daily Mail.

The DNA test will be offered by BritainsDNA at a genealogy and ancestry exhibition named Who Do You Think You Are, associated with the popular NBC television show and scheduled to be held in London next month.

This article originally appeared on LiveScience.com.

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