Tuesday, December 04, 2007

A Primate's Belief System, Part 1

Do not sleep with your head to the north as it will cause the decay of the body.

Always carry a sharp knife.

Eat rosemary to help the memory.

Honey will kill some small bad things in your body.

Know how to start and tend a fire.

Bee stings hurt.

Know how to use a map and compass.

Remember the old songs.

Chew food well.

Know how to find north using the sun or stars.

Everytime that you put something in your backpack take something out.

The end is near.

The end is not near.

Learn to walk in a straight line.

Walk in circles.

Remember where you bury things.

Change talismans when they no longer work.

Eat garlic everyday.

On nights when the moon is gone and the stars are out, stand facing the north star with your legs apart and arms outstretched and feel the earth move thru the sky.

The sun sets everyday.

The sun rises everyday.

Share food.

You do not own anything.

The gift moves.

Anger is the enemy.

Eat yogurt everyday.

Tell the stories at the right time and the right place.

There are many directions.

Save some rice to give to the birds.

The opposite is also true.

There are no straight lines.

The answer to the question "What 3 prime numbers when multiplied together equals the Sheharazad number?" is 7 x 11 x 13=1001.

The moon is full every 28 days.

Know the length of your stride.

Mint tea helps relieve stomach gas.

If it is snowing, then your dreams will have a white background.

Shadows disappear.

It is not written.

Chamomile tea will help you sleep.

The rich and powerful are not.

There are no last words.

There are many last words.

Tea and coffee should be made strong.

The crusty rice on the bottom of the pan is tasty.

Here I am.

7 Comments:

Blogger Patry Francis said...

As always, you say so much here, Fred. Your poetry never fails to move, amuse, challenge--all at once.

Thanks for your prayers and good thoughts, and esp. for that candle you lit at the Mass for the Virgin of Guadalupe. It has a special meaning to me because my surgeon, who is Mexican, keeps a picture of her in his office. Seeing it, always gave me good courage.

3:29 PM, December 09, 2007  
Blogger Beth said...

Your list has me smiling on a wintry evening.

7:50 PM, December 09, 2007  
Blogger Fred Garber said...

Patry thank you for your kind words. I am so pleased that you are recovering. The Virgin of Guadeloupe story itself is inspiring.

Beth...I am happy that you are smiling!

12:34 PM, December 10, 2007  
Blogger MB said...

I like this. Thank you.

10:13 PM, December 13, 2007  
Blogger Fred Garber said...

MB....I am happy that you enjoyed this!

10:53 AM, December 14, 2007  
Blogger Mom2the5rs said...

I found your blog searching for "how to eat pho." What a gift. You are a gift, Fred. I really like the backpack line. I needed to hear that one.

Jules

12:18 AM, January 10, 2008  
Blogger Fred Garber said...

Wow! Thankyou so much for the kind words! I needed them this morning.

8:25 AM, January 10, 2008  

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