You get muddy.
Water in motion
will not see the stars.
you get blank.
You stop walking,
Federico García Lorca, Spanish poet, 1898-1936
Yesterday morning, today
You rest your temple against
the open window pane
watching rain falling down
over the ocean.
In a split-second image-
your body outlined
serely in half-light, still
naked from the night.
And then you turn toward me,
smiling. I´m thinking
so much has changed but this
is how I remember you.
Jaime Gil de Biedma, Spanish poet and writer, 1929-1990
The singing of the birds, at dawn,
When the day is mildest,
Happy to be alive, already slips
Between sleep, and the contagious
Joy of one waking to the new day.
Happy smiling at his poor
And broken toy, in the door
Of the house the little child plays alone
By himself, and in happy
Ignorance, enjoys being alive.
The poet, dreaming upon the paper,
His unfinished poem,
Finds it beautiful, rejoices and thinks
With good reason and madness
That nothing matters, his poem exists.
Luis Cernuda, Spanish poet (1902-1963)
Let me stop here. Let me, too, look at nature awhile.
The brilliant blue of the morning sea, of the cloudless sky,
the yellow shore; all lovely,
all bathed in light.
Let me stand here. And let me pretend I see all this
(I really did see it for a minute when I first stopped)
and not my usual day-dreams here too,
my memories, those images of sensual pleasure.
Translated by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard
Alexandria (1863-1933). Greek poet
Andrew Ramer is a poet, novelist, and a maggid (a sacred Jewish story teller). Born in New York, he now lives in San Francisco, California, where he is an active member of an historically LGBTQ synagogue, a spiritual counselor for a Mennonite church, and teaches in the Jewish Studies and Social Justice Program at a Jesuit university.
Spirituality and more specifically gay spirituality is a vital component in his life, and he has been actively involved in several communities such as the Gay Spirit Visions conference in North California and the New York Healing Circle.
For several years he wrote a column on spiritual practice for White Crane Journal and has published several books ranging from novels to books on angels, gay erotic anthologies and short stories.
Andrew writes about himself: “You will find in my writing a range of voices, some my own and some received, a term I prefer to ‘channeled´”.
The best known among all the books he has written is Two Flutes Playing (Lethe Press, 2005).
In the book, he reviews and stresses the importance of mythology for gay men, and the reality of the existence of the gay tribe as a unique group of men who love men that has to regain its place in history and everyday society.
Talking about the book, Andrew Ramer says: “(…) I want to speak here of the saints and heroes of the gay tribes. For this is a period of human history that has been lost through time, whose return is vitally needed. For you know the heroes of the other tribes. But of this small, sacred tribe, whose history has been obscured, you remember nothing”.
Andrew Ramer is one of the gay writers and intellectuals portrayed and interviewed in Mark Thompson’s book, Gay Soul: Finding the Heart of Gay Spirit and Nature (Harper, 1994).
He can be found online at http://www.andrewramer.com.