Antonio G. Pereira © 2015 Antonio G. Pereira
Wed. Feb. 24th, 1979 - Denver Colorado
I woke up
playing in my head
I'm gonna be all right now.
Sunday June 3rd, 2012 - New York City
This morning woke up
As theme song from The Sandpiper, 'The Shadow of Your Smile'
was playing in my head
Deep Purple and Blue shadings
Orange and Blue
Some men see things
As they are
And ask why,
I dream things that never were
And ask why not
Bobby Kennedy - 1968
I have a dream today....
Martin Luther King Jr. - 1963
My Soul spoke unto me and counselled me
to love all that others hate,
and to befriend those whom others defame
My Soul counselled me and revealed unto me
that love dignifies not alone
the one who loves, but also the beloved
Unto that day love was for me a thread of cobweb
between two flowers
close to one another
But now it has become a halo with neither
beginning nor end
Encircling all that has been, and waxing
eternally to embrace all that shall be
My Soul counselled me and taught me
to see beauty veiled by form and colour
My Soul charged me to gaze steadfastly
upon all that is deemed ugly until it appears lovely
Before my Soul had thus charged and counselled me,
I had seemed to see beauty like unto wavering torches
between pillars of smoke,
But now the smoke has dispensed and vanished
and I see naught but the burning
My Soul counselled me and besought me
to watch while others sleep
and to seek my pillow while they are wakeful,
For in all my years I had not perceived their dreams,
nor they mine.
But now I am winged by day in my daydreaming,
and when they sleep I behold them free upon the night,
and I rejoice in their Freedom
My Soul counselled me and charged me
Lest I be exalted because of overpraise
and lest I be distressed for fear of blame.
Until that day I doubted the worth of my own handiwork,
But now I have learned this:
That the trees blossom in the Spring,
and bear fruit in Summer,
and drop their leaves in Autumn
to become utterly naked in Winter
without exaltation and without fear or shame
My Soul counselled me and assured me
that I am neither higher than the Pygmy
nor lower than the Giant.
Before that day I beheld mankind as two men,
the one a weakling whom I derided or pitied,
and the other a mighty man whom I would either follow,
or oppose in Rebellion.
But now I know that I was formed even
from the same dust of which all men are created,
that my elements are their elements,
and my inner self is their inner self.
My struggle is their struggle,
and their pilgrimage is mine own.
If they transgress, I am also the transgressor,
and if they do well, then I have a share in their well-doing.
If they arise, I too arise with them,
If they stay behind, I also, to company them.
My Soul counselled me and instructed me
to see that the light which I carry
is not my light,
that my song was not created within me,
For though I travel with the light,
I am not the light,
and though I am a lute fastened with strings,
I am not the lute player
My Soul counselled me, my brother
and enlightened me.
And oftentimes has your Soul counselled
and enlightened you.
For you are like me,
and there is no difference between us
Save that I speak of what is within me
in words that I have heard in my silence,
and you guard what is within you,
and your guardianship is as goodly as my much speaking.
Kahlil Gibran - My Soul Counselled Me