we all are gypsies of a sort wandering traveling through this life other lives space and time here there and yon on roads less traveled - this is a written and visual journal of my own travels - imagined and/or real - come along with me - we'll dance among the stars under the sun and over the moon - share our stories around the campfire - come along -

this site is simply a streamofconsciousness rambling of words and images in which i find meaning and beauty - there is no organized order of thought or format -
poetry painting and writing on love and life and things thereof from the heart and through the eyes of a louisiana gypsy spirit travelin' roads less traveled...enjoy -

THE GYPSYWOMAN WORLD

My photo
A...WOMAN IN MOTION WITH HAIR AS DARK AS NIGHT HER EYES WERE LIKE THAT OF A CAT IN THE DARK... SHE WAS A GYPSYWOMAN... she danced round and round... from the fire her face was all aglow... she was dancing... dancing... waiting for the RISING SUN... loving caring relationships are like THE RISING SUN...we are nourished by their warmth...we are energized by their strength...we grow in their light...we find shelter and solace there...they are our sanctuary... born in the sign of the sun, i am a true LEO-love the sun and its hot orange red fire-passionate in and about everything i do-i believe in instant chemistry charisma love/lust at first sight-in the magic of the eyes and the beauty of the soul-in the instant recognition familiarity in meeting someone from a past life and in the knowledge that we might meet in a future life-i believe that we are each ageless and flawless-i believe in the beauty of the moment-the whisper of yesterday-the hope of tomorrow-the power of forgiveness for even ourselves-the absolute and total beauty of love---[credit to brian hyland and curtis mayfield]

to dance with life

to dance with life
come dance with me...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

without you



























the sun no longer

warms the earth
the moon no longer
casts its glow
the stars no longer
light the night
without you

where once there was light
where once there was heat
now there is
only
cold
and
darkness

without you
there are no songs
to be heard
no poems
to be read

without you

my heart
cannot beat
my eyes
do not see
my lips
kiss not
without
you...

gypsywoman 2008

WITH YOU...


...that deepest thing, that recognition, that knowledge, that sense of kinship, began the first time i saw you and it is the same now, only a thousand times deeper and tenderer - i shall love you to eternity - i loved you long before we met in the flesh - i knew that when i first saw you - it was destiny - we are together like this and nothing can shake us apart...

...with you, i want to be just like a blade of grass, that moves as the air moves it - to talk just according to the impulse of the moment - and so i do...

...the most wonderful thing is that you and i are always walking together, hand in hand, in a strangely beautiful world, unknown to other people - we both stretch one hand to receive from LIFE and LIFE is generous indeed...


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

come in
i've been expecting you
there's a knock
on the door and
Love walks through
he lights the fire

he smiles a smile
as though Love
were going to stay a while
and the fire breathes

and weaves its spell
but then Love runs out
of lies to tell
for Love is restless

Love's a flirt
Love has places to go
and people to hurt
so here's the shovel

to smother the flame
tomorrow you'll barely
remember my name
and I'll try to forget you
my dearest one
as a prisoner tries
to forget the sun
for life holds no purpose,

Love holds no charms
since I beheld you
in another's arms.....

by paul valery
translated by c day lewis
from TILL THERE WAS YOU

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

expression numbers

3 is my expression number and describes me as:

A natural performer with destiny in writing, speaking, acting, or teaching - imaginative and unique with a natural creative talent in the arts - also a natural salesperson - can easily sell ideas and self - a total optimist enthusiastic about life and living - friendly and social - and people are taken by my charm - role in life is to inspire, motivate, and raise others' spirits - at times, can seem a bit superficial - sometimes a bit unfocused and too easygoing - best off not to dwell on trivial matters, especially gossip.
for your expression number:

Thursday, April 10, 2008

favorite gypsylyrics



you don't know who i am,
but I know all about you -
i've come to talk to you tonight,
about the things I've seen you do -
i've come to set the record straight;
i've come to shine the light on you -
let me introduce myself:
i am the cold hard truth -
there is a woman we both know,
i think you know the one I mean -
she gave her heart and soul to you,
you gave her only broken dreams -
you say you're not the one to blame
for all the heartache she's been through -
i say you're nothin' but a liar:
i am the cold hard truth -
all of your life, that's how it's been;
lookin' out for number one.
takin' more than you give -
movin' on when you're done -
with her you could've had it all:
family and love to last -
if you had any sense at all,
you'd go and beg her to come back -
you think that you're a real man,
but you are nothin' but a fool -
the way you run away from love;
the way you try to play it cool -
i'm gonna say this just one time,
time is running out on you -
you best remember me my friend,
i am the cold hard truth -
you best remember me my friend,
i am the cold hard truth -

*thank you jamie o'hara

lovingwords

ALTHOUGH
THOU LOVED HER
AS THYSELF
AS A SELF
OF
PURER CLAY
ALTHOUGH
HER PARTING
DIMS
THE DAY
STEALING
GRACE
FROM ALL
ALIVE
HEARTILY KNOW
WHEN HALF GODS GO
THE
GODS
ARRIVE
emerson

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

lunarillusions














and
what
do
you
see

parallel universes




she's got the whole HAND in her WORLD...

- and -

YOU -

YOU
HAVE
THE
WHOLE
WORLD
IN
YOUR
HAND...




the gypsy's familial ties that bind





my summer home -
eilean donan castle /scotland - papastrap
and
my winter home -
chateau-gaillard /france - mamastrap




favorite memorable movie quotes

onegin:
tatyana larina: [writing letter] Dearest Evgeny, I write to you, it is all I can do. And now I know it is in your power to punish my presuming heart. Yet if you have one drop of pity, you'll not abandon me to my unhappy fate. I am in love with you and I must tell you this or my heart, my heart which belongs to you, will surely break. I would never have revealed my shame to you, if just once a week I might see you. Exchange a word or two and then think day and night of one thing alone til our next meeting. But you're unsociable, they say, that the country bores you. Is it true? Does the country bore you? Sometimes I wonder that you ever visited us. Why, I'd never have known you or known this agony and fever. I know that all my life's been leading me to this union with you. I recognised you at first sight and knew with certainty. I said to myself, It's him, he has come. Help me, resolve my doubts. Perhaps all this is nonsence, emptiness, a delusion and quite another fate awaits me. Imagine it, I'm here alone half out of my mind. I dread to read this over, my secret longing. I know that I can trust your honour, though I feel faint from shame and fear, Tatyana

evgeny onegin: [writing to Tatyana] I can forsee the bitter scorn blazing at me from your proud eyes when you have read my secret sorrow. When we first met, through chance, I saw tenderness like a shooting star but did not dare to put my faith in it. Then Lensky fell, which parted us til further. Then I tore my heart away from everything I loved, rootless, estranged from all, I thought that liberty and peace would serve instead of happiness. My God, how wrong I was. How I have been punished. No, day by day to be with you, follow you everywhere, alive to every smile, each movement of your eyes, to dwell upon you soul's perfection, listen to your voice and grow faint with yearning. That is bliss and I'm cut off from it. My time is short, each day and hour is precious yet I just drag myself around in boredom. Everyday a desert unless when I wake up I know the day will bring a glimpse of you. If you but knew the flames that burn in me, which I attempt to beat down with my reason, but let it be. I cannot struggle against my feelings anymore, I am entirely in your will.

evgeny: If you but knew the flames that burn in me which I attempt to beat down with my reason.


the french lieutenant's woman:

sarah: soon he no longer bothered to hide the nature of his intentions towards me - nor could i pretend surprise - my innocence was false from the moment i chose to stay - i could tell you that he overpowered me, he drugged me - but it was not so... i gave myself to him -

sarah: he took me to a private sitting room, ordered food - but... he had changed - he was full of smiles and caresses, but... i knew at once that he was insincere - i saw that i had been... an amusement for him - nothing more - i saw all this within... five minutes of our meeting - yet I stayed -

dr grogan: it was as if her torture had become her delight -

charles to emestina: i can assure you, the true charm of this world resides in this garden -

the age of innocence:

newland: i want... somehow, i want to get away with you... and... and find a world where words like that don't exist!

ellen to newland: you couldn't be happy if it meant being cruel - if we act any other way i'll be making you act against what i love in you most - and i can't go back to that way of thinking - don't you see - i can't love you unless i give you up -

newland: you gave me my first glimpse of a real life - then you asked me to go on with the false one - no one can endure that -

ellen: i'm enduring it -

an affair to remember:

terry mckay - winter must be cold for those with no warm memories... and we've already missed the spring!

out of africa:

denys: you've ruined it for me, you know.
karen blixen: ruined what?
denys: being alone.

karen blixen - I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills.
The Equator runs across these highlands, a hundred miles to the north, and the farm lay at an altitude of over six thousand feet.
In the day-time you felt that you had got high up; near to the sun, but the early mornings and evenings were limpid and restful, and the nights were cold.

THE WORLD OF THE GYPSYWOMAN...




she danced round and round...

from the fire
her face was all aglow...
she was dancing...
dancing...
waiting for
the RISING SUN...

loving caring intimate relationships are like
THE RISING SUN...

we are nourished by their warmth...
we are energized by their strength...
we grow in their light...
we find shelter and solace there...
they are our sanctuary...

born in the sign of the sun, i am a true leo-love the sun and its hot orange red fire-passionate in and about everything i do and want others to be-i am bold/assertive-i am not bashful-i expect no more of others than i am willing to do/give myself-am confident highly motivated and opinionated-also caring thoughtful giving loving-do not mind change even welcome it-am also independent/impulsive/spontaneous and energized-
and yes-i'm one of those who believes in instant chemistry karma charisma-love/lust at first sight-in the magic of the eyes and the beauty of the soul-in the instant recognition familiarity in meeting someone from a past life and in the knowledge that we might meet in a future life-i believe that we are each ageless and flawless-
i believe in the beauty of the moment-
the whisper of yesterday-
the hope of tomorrow-
the power of forgiveness for even ourselves-
the absolute and total beauty of love -
i believe we each have the light within us -
i believe in me - in loving -
i believe in sharing - in helping -
i believe in dreaming and in imagination -
in synchronicity and serendipity -
and in the power of belief -
while i am not sure i subscribe to the "till death do us part" perspective on relationships, i do subscribe to the "till love do us part" perspective-to monogomous "intimate" relationships-
on a more basic rather than philosophical level, my children are grown-i am FREQUENTLY mistaken as their sister rather than their mother, much to the disdain of my youngest daughter- [photos all october 2007]-
as a single parent, when my youngest child entered kindergarten, on my 32nd birthday i quit my job, burned my bra [literally and figuratively], pierced my ears, registered as an undergraduate for first time and became politically active [yes, demonstrations, etc]-next 4 yrs full-time student, employed full-time, also employed part-time, dean's list, only undergrad ever funded for nationwide research project and continued to raise my children alone-all simultaneously [great multi-tasking skills]-loved every moment-
relocated to delaware from louisiana a few years ago to be near two daughters who had been living here for some time-
really love family and friends get-togethers and especially those in my own home-love the whole "preparing for" thing [presentation is everything] and the end result of it all-
crazy about italian food and wine-love chocolate anything-the darker the better- extremely tactile and visually oriented-
love bright rich intense colors in most things but in my home prefer a dark earth toned zen/calm/balanced environment-for dressing [up or down] black w/sterling silver jewelry-
have painted all my life-oils and oil pastels on canvas-intrigued by gauguin chagall van gogh o'keeffe-now into modernist/minimalist larger pieces-dabble in photography [architectural elements and portraits]-used to do sculpture/pottery but not in a while-love the feel of wet clay between my fingers-and i keep a dream journal-
and YOU - i hope YOU will find part or all of these streamofconsciousness ramblings interesting enough to respond-
a friend of mine was recently going thru a crisis and i asked what i could do to help - he said "just keep being you"-that's all i'm looking for in YOU-that simple but all encompassing reciprocity of just BEING ourselves-
CARE TO DANCE -
ROUND AND ROUND -
TILL THE RISING SUN?
and -thank you curtis mayfield and brian hyland!

tut's adventure club

i just came across this absolutely fantasticallyfun interestingintriguing website above -

its mission is "to help remind us all of life's everyday magic." it's filled with "...inspirational, philosophical and humorous notes...meant to remind..us..of the awesome power...we...possess for the creative manipulation of 'all things time and space'"...

the membership oath states, in part..."in the face of adversity, uncertainty and conflicting sensory information, i hereby pledge to remain ever mindful of the MAGICAL, INFINITE, LOVING REALITY in which i live - a REALITY that conspires tirelessly in my favor..."

one of the little perks of the site is that you will receive wonderful little positive quips via email on a regular basis -

it's a MUST VISIT site and a MUST JOIN club........

LIKE MAGIC...

set
YOURSELF
in
M O T I O N

gypsywoman

literary bites

the intention experiment - lynne mctaggart

readings for consideration

the power of now - author ?

zen howl - natalie goldberg
...zen howl is the sound of our masks falling away. when the masks we hide behind wither and die, there is immediate intimacy between ourselves and the world. this hint of intimacy - of touching something out of reach - is what ignites our longing to write and our desire to practice meditation...

the female business paradigm - shiloh sophia mccloud
from the book, decision making questions from the author:
does this decision excite, nurture and sustain me?
is this fulfilling my purpose - a deep place of truth within myself?
is love at the center of my motivation?

the MIND...

the more POWERFUL
and ORIGINAL
a MIND
the
more
it will
incline
towards
the religion of
SOLITUDE...

...aldous huxley

the whole world is YOU...

yet YOU keep thinking
that there is SOMETHING else.

...hsueh-feng

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

- sacred songs -

sacred
songs

e c h o i n g

d
e
e
p

into the
yesteryear

of
my

s o u l

waking

now

the

p r i m a l

s
c
r
e
a
m

INTENTIONAL INTENTIONS


WE
ARE

each
responsible
for our own

past[s]
present
future[s] -
with our intentions

with our thoughts
WE
CREATE

ourselves/ourworld[s]...




words by gypsywoman/image of gypsywoman