How We Be. {Poem}

Tammy T. Stone

Tammy T. Stone


How We Be

We be here with the sun and moon and the galaxies between

We be here like a song making love to the rain

We be until the heart splits open and the pieces spill out like a mother jewel

Celebrate it dance with it

Caress its softest parts

Wait and hear it, the delectable sounds of life humming and offering itself in grace

Tap your feet in anticipation

Strum your fingers on a lap ecstatic

Imagine how it will feel on palms wide open receiving

Delight in the awe of how this is it

This is what made us and what we have created

In how stardust becomes the seed of all pleasures

We take it, close our eyes, say thank you to all the people and all the gods

Get on our knees to feel the earth source below

Raise our heads in love with the sun source above

We have it, it is here, it is ours, it came with our birth

And so we have, and we need nothing, it comes to this

We are passing through, we want what fills a life, nothing more

We are patient

Watch it come, watch it go

Keeping joy tight and close and warm

We be like this, full on love

Loving full


*First published in elephant journal!


Happy is Knowing When Enough is Enough. {Quote}


Authors Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph (Joe) Heller are at a party, in a mansion, surrounded by billions in net worth. They’re hanging out, possibly feeling out of place, or maybe just taking it all in with a laugh.

I would have liked to be a fly on that wall!

I came across this anecdote by Kurt Vonnegut via a friend,  and couldn’t resist sharing.

As Kurt Vonnegut relates, Heller makes an extremely incisive point about different kinds of wealth: there is the kind we can accumulate and touch and see, and the other, which comes from a much deeper, more gratifying place.

Sometimes enough is just … enough. This is the goal, isn’t it?

And because he’s Kurt Vonnegut, he tells his tale with precisely the kind of humour and verve we’d expect.

Happy Birthday (November 11), Kurt Vonnegut!


“True story, Word of Honor:

Joseph Heller, an important and funny writer, now dead, and I were at a party given by a billionaire on Shelter Island.

I said, ‘Joe, how does it make you feel to know that our host only yesterday may have made more money than your novel Catch-22 has earned in its entire history?’

And Joe said, ‘I’ve got something he can never have.’

And I said, ‘What on earth could that be, Joe?’

And Joe said, ‘The knowledge that I’ve got enough.’

Not bad! Rest in peace!”


**I found this amazing quote at Brainpickings, here. For this article and some great Vonnegut YouTube videos, see here!