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flexible confusion

this body I have would be confused if inactive, a jumbled injured self stretches rigid muscles


Julie Trahan <>


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Poems  Friday, October 19, 2012



Stray Cat poems at age 14-ish




love is Strength

love is helping someone who needs help

love is helping someone who doesn't

love is from the heart

love is being helped

love is extremely confusing, a little

love is leaning on yourself

love is taking chances

love is giving

love is my gift to you




completely unoriginal


love is life

love is you

love is me

love is parents

love is sex

love is knowledge

love is help

love is hate

love is caring

love is red

love is a sweet song

love is sharing

love is horses

love is pride

love is death

love is emotion

love is mistaken

love is open

love is upside-down

love is appreciating

love is pure

love is simple




If I fall down,

I must get up


If you fall down what will you do?

falling down takes strength

getting up takes strength

doing nothing takes strength


When I have strength I must use it


When you have strength, what do you do?




I walked with death today.

It wore a black cape that blew galliantly in the wind.

Its face, half red, half black was beautiful and untouched by all.

We waded hand in hand on the beach.

Walking in the water, kicking stones

We danced, we sang.

People laughed.

To see death and I so happy was unfamiliar to them.

Death reached out to touch them.

They realized their mistake and died.

Dead bodies on the sand by the sea are messy.






I love you.

You love me.

I admire you.

You admire me.

Its very important.

What do we do now?




Belonging vs Alienation


one is safe and secure

one is safe and forelorn

Belonging looks calm and peaceful

Alienation looks confused and paranoid

Belonging has pain, no tragedy

Alienation has comedy, no happiness

Belonging has happiness, no comedy

Alienation has tragedy, no pain

Neither is better

Neither is worse

What is the choice?

Is there a choice?





I don't understand.

Non comprendre pas.

I don't relate

I don't know

I don't know

I don't know

I just don't know




Friendship is like an apple pie.

salt, flour, apples - all ingredients must be there.

peeling, mixing, measuring - it takes work

preparing, baking, waiting - it takes time

when its ready - its yummy




Cancel this poem I can't believe I wrote this.

Friendship is an apple pie - what a totally silly metaphor.

What kind of word is 'yummy''?

Its not even descent English.

Geez, forget this poem.




Triangles are bent.

They say,

Three straight line segments each segment connected at both end points


They are bent and mangled.

Blood pink,

filled in the center

A grey circle surrounds

all the triangles




A man, a beautiful man walked by me in the park today. I watched his movements closely. He would walk, bend to touch the ground, straighten, then walk some more.  He did this very systematically, bending every eight steps.

This beautiful man wasn't the only thing I watched.  Pidgeons! White clumsy birds covered the ground.  Fighting and grabbing for bits of food someone had left. As I watched they never changed.






Words are like Leaves; and where they most abound,
Much Fruit of Sense beneath is rarely found.
But true Expression, like th' unchanging Sun,
Clears, and improves whate'er it shines upon,
It gilds all Objects, but it alters none.

Alexander Pope  (21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744) English poet,

 An Essay on Criticism



We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


Preamble to the United States Constitution




Pronunciation: \ˌən-bi-ˈkə-miŋ\

Function: adjective

unattractive; not pleasing; not proper,polite or suitable for the situation.



Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Job 21:16

King James Bible


My application:

Are you thinking?

Am I bouncing?

What do these questions have to do with the relationships between tyranny, liberty, democracy and equality?

What my simple questions mean is that there are lots of others who can better explain history

But I am more interested in prompting the piston of history.  There are too many words already.  How do we reverse and drive forward without polluting the air?


How did Enlightenment-era writings of an English poet influence the conservative framers of the American Constitution.  How does the Bible fit into history?  What is the relationship between religion, user-friendly - art and government?  If the rule of law is intended to be a solution to inadequate communication and civil conflict then whose law is best.? (law of music so no competition edit later))

Alexander Pope's essay on Criticism warns against the deceptions of false poets and prolific words without substance .  The power of the US Constitution stems from our social agreement to prosper under the spirit of law, not reluctantly acquiesce to the words written on paper.

What I am suggesting is that there is a difference between a spot and a blot.  Whenever a writer puts ink on paper the history of the Universe, which was once eternally blotless, now has yet, another indentation.  Old-fashioned writers with old fashioned pens - the kind with feathers - quills I guess they are called - knew that there is a huge difference between messy but legible spots and  illegible blots.

So I am asking you, the quiet or not so quiet proofreaders, to seek and apply your own academic, educated or at least informed background sources in order to put the above quotes in a context all your own.  I labored over choosing elementary texts that the interpretation of decides my fate.  However, the individual quotes, writers, painters and dictionary definitions, have been picked at random (a sophisticated close my eyes and point method).  

I  am inviting you to join me in exploring some of the cultural bodies of work that have shaped the world (I'm focusing and re - evaluating mostly  Western Civilization for this particular project).  I am more interested in employing  





Sir Peter Paul Rubens (June 28, 1577May 30, 1640) was a prolific seventeenth-century Flemish Baroque painter, and a proponent of an extravagant Baroque style that emphasized movement, color, and sensuality. He is well-known for his Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects.


Venus de' Medici or Medici Venus is a lifesize Hellenistic marble sculpture depicting the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite.


Because people do mean things - 


Fundamentalism: The Serial Killer of Biblical Interpretation


”I reassured the ghost, but he broke out, protesting,“No winning words about death to me, shining Odysseus! By god, I’d rather slave on earth for another man—some dirt-poor tenant farmer who scrapes to keep alive—than rule down here over all the breathless dead.”  Conversation between Achilles and Odysseus in The OOdyssey




Article I - The Legislative Branch Note

Section 1 - The Legislature

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.


Flinch (flinch)

Pronunciation: flinch

Function: verb

to wince or pull back, as from pain; to draw away. flincher n.


For  an  angel  went  down  a t   a  certain   season   into   the   pool, and   troubled   the water:  whosoever   then   first   after   the   troubling   of   the   water   stepped   in   was made whole   of  whatsoever  disease  he  had.

John 5:4

King James Bible

most serial killers had strong religious upbringing - not in final notes


Most people don't seem to realize that the most importat part of any work of art, be it music, theatre, movies or litature, is the thought and preparation that go into it.  Kind've like edible food, whether or not taste, nutrition and decorative aesthetics are included is decided in the groundwork


So in planning my big performance that will prevent all future genecide, I flinched.  I pulled back in pain.  I cried and I read my research.  I researched my research and cried some more.


I had wanted to begin: (insert heartbeat writing) but even the beauty of the goddess of love or the courage of an angel cannot stop our descent into Hades.


Can the rule of law help us?  Only if we follow the social contract to apply laws to each person.  On that note, I realized I am asking the wrong question..

What is the connection between personal violence and global violence?

Rather than a razzle-dazzle-shmazzle bright blinding lights, orchestrated symphonies and perfecytly in step choreography, step back and look at genocide in the eyes.

I flinched and winced.

And realized that what I learned as a young woman alone at nineteen, being raped in my apartment, then not being believed, having no one to turn to who would listen and cry with me - that is where I need to start (or re-start) looking for answers to my questions.

When violence is not occuring (or s occuring elsewhere) how can future violence be prevented?









Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 27, 1946), American writer 




If the speed is open, if the color is careless, if the selection of a strong scent is not awkward, if the button holder is held by all the waving color and there is no color, not any color.  If there is no dirt in a in and there can be none scarcely, if there is not then the place is the same as up standing.

This is no dark custom and it is not even acted in any such a way that a restraint is not spread.  That is spread, it shuts and it lifts and awkwardly the centre is in standing.


Joseph Mallord William Turner RA (23 April 1775[1] – 19 December 1851) 

One of Turner's most ambitious imitations of the 17th-century French painter Claude. The subject, inspired by Virgil's epic Latin poem, the 'Aeneid', is the building of the North African city of Carthage, which Dido founded. The figure in white on the left is Dido, and on the right is the tomb erected for her dead husband, Sichaeus. In front of Dido is a figure who may be Aeneas: Virgil tells of their love affair, and of Dido's suicide following his departure. Turner was attracted by the human contrast to the theme of empire building. Hints of doom contrast with the serene effects of sunlight. 


__Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948__

_Article 1

The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.





Once upon a time I thought I needed to be a voice for the world.  THAT IF I JUS That if I just said or did the rite thing, pain wouldn't hurt so much. and everyone would stop fighting.  But when I realized my sound of people not burning is vividly different from other people's, I appreciated that I can only speak for myself, just like I used to do before I took a break from being me.




Once upon a ime there was a piano playing.  Not just any piano.  A vrery specific piano playin a very specific musical piece.  And there was a voice.  Several voices.  Not just sany voices.  Very specific voices.


After listening for some time, I decided that I did not want to tell anyone about the piano and the very specific voices because I am afraid they will go away and that I will only have the sound of people burning.




careful careful!!  I try not to delete but I am a sloppy typer.!


Once upon a time I was asked to single-handiedly stop the ice from melting.  Imagine a world with out ice.


Global warming is a phonominon not completely under my control.  As tempatures rise and clean drinking water becomes scarcer I do not have many suggestions.  Read a book by someone who knows about possible solutions to stop or slow the quickly increasing  heat warmth of our shared planet..


I do not know much about speed either.  I am a rather slow person.  Slow in speech.  Slow in movement.  Slow in thought, which does not mean dumb. I take my time.  I would like to be successfull at the cChampionship game of slow thinkers, Chess.  But in both times of peace and war, my chess games usually end in a slow stalemate.  Which might mean if no one wins, then no one loses.  I'll have to think about that. 


I do know that when nuclear weapons explode, the release of energy is predictable instantaneous backfire.  But that the process of splitting a nucleus can be slowed and steadied.




Once upon a time , many many moons ago (or just one moon but daily rotations - wording) befoore a purlple flower


{the word lilae was chosen at random yesterday so as much as I want to use some other random word I did set my own "writing rules"


on a piano held a sinister and dark custom,


I was thinking.  I used to think. all the time.


A car. A real car on stage.  A truck, a semi.  A real semi truck on stage.  


Toot  toot.

Their horns blow.  Then in this high technolical w reproductive of real sounds world, a n AAC file recording of a car horn a truck horn.


A real human voice.  Then a recorded human voice.


"This is the sound of my recorded voice", " This is m the sound of my recorded voice <: singing.


Doe- a deer, a female deer

Ray- a drop of golden sun

Me- a name i call myself

Far- a long long way to run

Sew- a needle pulling thread

La- a note to follow so

Tea- a drink with jam and bread

That will bring us back to doe doe doe doe...


Doe- a deer, a female deer

Ray- a drop of golden sun

Me- a name i call myself

Far- a long long way to run

Sew- a needle pulling thread

La- a note to follow so

Tea- a drink with jam and bread

That will bring us back to doe doe doe doe...


Doe- a deer, a female deer

Ray- a drop of golden sun

Me- a name i call myself

Far- a long long way to run

Sew- a needle pulling thread

La- a note to follow so

Tea- a drink with jam and bread

That will bring us back to doe doe doe doe...






FIFTH Thursday Dec 24th 2009   


Magna Carta-English Translation of the original Latin Document written in 1215 Preamble

JOHN, by the grace of God King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and Count of Anjou, to his archbishops, bishops, abbots, earls, barons, justices, foresters, sheriffs, stewards, servants, and to all his officials and loyal subjects, Greeting. 


KNOW THAT BEFORE GOD, for the health of our soul and those of our ancestors and heirs, to the honour of God, the exaltation of the holy Church, and the better ordering of our kingdom, at the advice of our reverend fathers Stephen, archbishop of Canterbury, primate of all England, and cardinal of the holy Roman Church, Henry archbishop of Dublin, William bishop of London, Peter bishop of Winchester, Jocelin bishop of Bath and Glastonbury, Hugh bishop of Lincoln, Walter Bishop of Worcester, William bishop of Coventry, Benedict bishop of Rochester, Master Pandulf subdeacon and member of the papal household, Brother Aymeric master of the knighthood of the Temple in England, William Marshal earl of Pembroke, William earl of Salisbury, William earl of Warren, William earl of Arundel, Alan de Galloway constable of Scotland, Warin Fitz Gerald, Peter Fitz Herbert, Hubert de Burgh seneschal of Poitou, Hugh de Neville, Matthew Fitz Herbert, Thomas Basset, Alan Basset, Philip Daubeny, Robert de Roppeley, John Marshal, John Fitz Hugh, and other loyal subjects:



Marie-Henri Beyle (January 23, 1783 – March 23, 1842), better known by his pen name Stendhal, was a 19th-century French writer.




Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor

Picasso, Pablo

"Ma Jolie" (Woman with a Zither or Guitar)

Paris, winter 1911-1912

Oil on canvas

39 3/8 x 25 3/4 in. (100 x 65.4 cm.)

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Daix 430


glissade  (pg 144) Literally, to slide. This is a traveling step starting in fifth position with demi-plié: the front foot moves out to a point, both legs briefly straighten as weight is shifted onto the pointed foot, and the other foot moves in to meet the first. A glissade can be en avant, en arrière, dessous, and dessus; start in fifth position plie, push off back foot moving the front foot forward and bringing the back foot that you pushed off on in the front landing in fifth position.s


ENVY:  IMAGE:  "perfect" ballarinas and modern daners desperately glissading in attempts to upstage each other.  Starting small then increasing in desperation and violence until they are pushing and shoing.  A bitch slap across the face SILENCE.  The dancers walk off stage. Then bird mix starts again (idea: the cycle of repeating violence and greed being ultimately suicidal.  .)


Sparrows mix that starts small, builds quickly thaen abruptly ends




A Woman's Peace Encampment for A Future of Peace and Justice


sarcasm yes? no?


Why are their giant sunflowers by the outdoor showers?  So you can bathe in the sun and water at the same time.



notes regarding project


oath verse




What if people united to end violence rather than cooperate to benefit from violence, poverty and illiteracy?


Truth can be found in shattered bones.  


In other words, you are either dead or alive (for the most part and spirituality and metaphoric concerns aside)


If you are reading these words, you are probably alive. But after that there is not a whole lot of truth in this world.  Universal, personal.  Even facts are up for debate.




In George Orwell's 1984, DoubleSpeak refers to actually believing mythology and the process of erasing global and personal history until even a simple painting of nature can give the impression of sabatoge, torture and violence.


Destruction is like beauty is dependant on the eye of the beholder.


Can I prove that 2 + 2 = 4? (Try later)


I believe that dehumanized individuals and dehumanized humanity will be able to exist for a very long time .


Ae we already dead inside with moving parts?  Yes.


When we use our wealth and technology for domination, how can we escape a personal living death that spreads faster than any virus?  By caring about another person   


Love in all its tenderness, fragility.  Love without distortion.  


Love, to destroy the urge to destroy, must be done with a soft hug, a sensitive voice, a small gift sealed with a kiss.





George Orwell quote


Article prevention of genecide


Painting: Shinecock Hills Chase ? (illegible)


random word: destroy


Assignment: make a list of internal and external lies that you wish were destryed



breathe? whatever




note regarding what is important liberty


Julie Trahan

Instructor’s Name

Course Title Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.
--Heinrich Heine, 1821

December 13, 2009

Report Name

most serial killers had strong religious upbringing





Poems 2



from - mail Subject heading backing up poems


serious disc error so putting data on web until I can find easier way


Letter to Athena (1)


18 wheelers full of flowers

Wheels covered with moss

Toy Trucks, battery operated

Ballet with fate


About the theatrical performance I had visualized doing at On The Boards if I wasn’t banned, as in censored


Monday, October 4, 2010


Letter to Athena (2)



On the back


Of my iris


Can you see my optic scars?


The writing is on the wall


Surprize!  You’re Alive!


About a painting I created in a gifted youth art program on a large painter’s drop cloth that was later hung on the Union Building at my undergraduate college and spraypainted over


Monday, October 4, 2010


Letter to Athena (3)


Up all night

On my hands and knees


Back and forth

Quick motions

Keep going


Length of paper

Three times my height

Pens of primary colors


Drawing the eye

I see with

Raw perception


Dark red surrounding an oval


Scrubbing with my injured body


I did not know I was cleansing history


About a drawing I created in the same art program.  I had been frustrated at not being able to do life drawing so my teacher recommended I work on a larger scale.


Monday, October 4, 2010


Letter to Athena (3 continued)


Without despising the vulnerable


A desire to be



Talking to a deeper self


I listen

I can’t hear

My native language being spoken

A baby’s cry


Charge when exhausted

Repetition of amour


I am from a world beyond tradition

I feel grateful I can remember


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