Defending Your Life
This 1991 comedy is written by, stars, and is directed by Albert Brooks. The female lead is played by Meryl Streep. It is Brooks' cock-eyed way of looking at the world after you die. In Judgment City, where everyone goes after death, past lives are examined and judged. If you were a good enough person, then you get to stay in heaven. If not, it's back to earth for another go-round.
549 by Rumi
We take long trips.
We puzzle over the meaning of a painting or a book,
when what we're wanting to see and understand
In this world, we ARE that.
2196 by Rumi
A wished-for song.
Go through the ear to the center,
where sky is, where wind, where
Put seeds and cover them.
Blades will sprout
where you do your work.
Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter by Robert Bly
It is a cold and snowy night. The main street is deserted.
The only things moving are swirls of snow.
As I lift the mailbox door. I feel its cold iron.
There is a privacy I love in this snowy night.
Driving around, I will waste more time.Back to the syllabus