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 -


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...

Monday, August 31, 2009

followers of tangrism - the clan katapan-bana

The clan Katapán-Bána, from which, according to the tradition, the Cseszneky family has descended, like most of the Hungarian and Pecheneg tribes that conquerred Hungary, followed Tengrism, the ancient religion of the steppic equestrian civilizations. Tengrism has been fundamentally a monotheistic religion, though its followers have revered the spirits of ancestors and nature as well. According to Anonymus the founder of the clan, Ketel Pecheneg duke and his son, Alaptolma were buried in a pagan way near Komárom.



Tengriism (Tengrism, Tengrianism, Tengrianizm, Tengricilik, Tengerism) was the major belief of Xiongnu,Turkic peoples, Hungarian and Bulgar peoples in ancient times. It focuses around the sky deity Tengri (also Tangri, Tanrı, Tangra, etc.) and incorporates elements of shamanism, animism, totemism and ancestor worship.

"Khukh" and "Tengri" literally mean "blue" and "sky" in Mongolian language and modern Mongolians still pray to "Munkh Khukh Tengri" ("Eternal Blue Sky"). Therefore Mongolia is called the "Land of Eternal Blue Sky ("Munkh Khukh Tengriin Oron" in Mongolian). And also in modern Turkey Tengriism is sometimes called Gök Tanrı religion by some scholars. Note that the Turkish "Gök" and "Tanrı" mean the same as and sound very similar to the Mongolian "khukh" (blue) and "Tengri" (sky), respectively. Even though there is insufficient research, Tengriism is thought to heavily influence the Alevi belief system. Today, there are still a large number of Tengriist people living in inner Asia, such as the Khakas and Tuvans.

In Tengriism, the meaning of life is seen as living in harmony with the surrounding world. Tengriist believers view their existence as sustained by the Eternal Blue Sky, Tengri, the fertile Mother-Earth Spirit Eje, and a ruler who is regarded as the Holy Spirit of the Sky. Heaven, earth, the spirits of nature and the ancestors provide every need and protect all humans. By living an upright and respectful life, a human being will keep his world in balance and maximize his personal wind horse power. Shamans play an important role in restoring balance when it is thrown off by disaster or spirit interference.

It is likely that Tengriism was the religion of the Huns, Eurasian Avars, early Hungarians, and of the early Bulgars who brought it to Europe. It is still actively practised in Sakha, Buryatia, Tuva, and Mongolia, in parallel with Tibetan Buddhism and Burkhanism.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

madonna speaking out for the romanian gypsies...so sad a commentary on today's world...

BUCHAREST, Romania - At first, fans politely applauded the Roma performers sharing a stage with Madonna. Then the pop star condemned widespread discrimination against Roma, or Gypsies — and the cheers gave way to jeers.

The sharp mood change that swept the crowd of 60,000, who had packed a park for Wednesday night's concert, underscores how prejudice against Gypsies remains deeply entrenched across Eastern Europe.

Despite long-standing efforts to stamp out rampant bias, human rights advocates say Roma probably suffer more humiliation and endure more discrimination than any other people group on the continent.

Sometimes, it can be deadly: In neighboring Hungary, six Roma have been killed and several wounded in a recent series of apparently racially motivated attacks targeting small countryside villages predominantly settled by Gypsies.

"There is generally widespread resentment against Gypsies in Eastern Europe. They have historically been the underdog," Radu Motoc, an official with the Soros Foundation Romania, said Thursday.

Roma, or Gypsies, are a nomadic ethnic group believed to have their roots in the Indian subcontinent. They live mostly in southern and eastern Europe, but hundreds of thousands have migrated west over the past few decades in search of jobs and better living conditions.

Romania has the largest number of Roma in the region. Some say the population could be as high as 2 million, although official data put it at 500,000.

Until the 19th century, Romanian Gypsies were slaves, and they've gotten a mixed response ever since: While discrimination is widespread, many East Europeans are enthusiastic about Gypsy music and dance, which they embrace as part of the region's cultural heritage.

That explains why the Roma musicians and a dancer who had briefly joined Madonna onstage got enthusiastic applause. And it also may explain why some in the crowd turned on Madonna when she paused during the two-hour show — a stop on her worldwide "Sticky and Sweet" tour — to touch on their plight.

"It has been brought to my attention ... that there is a lot of discrimination against Romanies and Gypsies in general in Eastern Europe," she said. "It made me feel very sad."

Thousands booed and jeered her.


gypsy girl in hat...

yesteryear's camps...




to the gypsy life...

I must down to the seas again,
to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship
and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and
the wind's song and
the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face,
and a grey dawn breaking.
I must down to the seas again,
for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call
that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day
with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume,
and the sea-gulls crying.
I must down to the seas again,
to the vagrant gypsy life,

To the gull's way and the whale's way
where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn
from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream
when the long trick's over.

Monday, August 24, 2009

just looking...

pardon the way that I stare.
there's nothing else to compare.
the sight of you leaves me weak...
can't take my

Friday, August 21, 2009

the gypsy oracle...

gypsywoman gypsywoman into today
come to us come to us show us the way
lead us from darkness
from this mess

come to us come to us show us the way
lead us into the light remove this blight
come to us come to them
come to me do not me condemn
come to me come to me
gypsywoman gypsywoman

the mod squad gypsywoman...

Align Centergypsywoman gypsywomanwoman of today
show us your spirit where does she stay
heart of flowers
show us your powers
come out come out
no doubts

Thursday, August 20, 2009

let ME lead...

Lead me from death to life,
from falsehood to truth;
Lead me from despair to hope,
from fear to trust;
Lead me from hate to love,
from war to peace;
Let peace
fill our heart,
our world,

what difference...

What difference does it make to the dead,
the orphans and the homeless,
whether the mad destruction is wrought
under the name of totalitarianism
the holy name of liberty
or democracy?

fairest of them all...

gypsywoman gypsywoman
fairest of them all
what do you see
in your crystal ball
what do you seek
whatever you find
is yours to keep

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

vonnegut's last lines...

When the last living thing
Has died on account of us,
How poetical it would be
If Earth could say,
In a voice floating up
From the floor
Of the Grand Canyon,
"It is done.
People did not like it here."

Saturday, August 15, 2009

to feel and to play...

the earth delights
to feel
your bare feet
the winds long
to play


In all history
there is
no war

which was
hatched by

the governments,
the governments alone,
independent of the interests of the people,
to whom
war is always pernicious
even when successful.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

planet planet quite contrary...

planet planet
quite contrary

how does your orbit go
with shiny propels and glimmering pastels
and starry cascades all aglow
but a retrograde orbit you demand
leaving all others
at your command!


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

redeveloping society...

If society
will not admit

then society

Elizabeth Blackwell, born in Britain, was the first woman in the United States to earn a medical degree. She founded the New York Infirmary for Women and Children and trained nurses in the American Civil War.

humanity needs dreamers...

Humanity needs

who get the most out of their work, and,
without forgetting the general good,
safeguard their own interests.

But humanity also needs dreamers,
for whom the disinterested development
of an enterprise is so captivating
that it becomes impossible for them
o devote their care to their
own material profit.

Without doubt,
these dreamers do not deserve wealth,
because they do not desire it.

Even so, a well-organized society

should assure to such workers
the efficient means of
accomplishing their task,
in a life freed from material care
and freely consecrated to research.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

fragments of circles...

We clasp the hands

of those

that go before us,

And the hands of those

who come after us.

We enter the little circle

of each other's arms

And the larger circle of lovers,

Whose hands are joined in a dance,

And the larger circle of all creatures,

Passing in and out of life,

Who move also in a dance,

To a music so subtle and vast

that no ear hears it




Align Center

the eyes have it...

few are those
who see with their own eyes
and feel with their own hearts

is it just me - or -

does anyone else see the female face and the baby in the post below?

Friday, August 7, 2009


mother and child

the swinging gate...

massacre in Szczurowa [southern Poland] was the murder of 93 Romani people (also known as Gypsies), including children, women and the elderly, by German Nazi occupiers in the Polish village of Szczurowa on August 3, 1943. Between ten and twenty families of settled Romani had lived in Szczurowa for generations, alongside ethnic Poles with whom they had friendly and neighborly relations. They were integrated enough into the general community that there were several mixed marriages. On August 3, 1943 German police rounded up almost all the Romani inhabitants of the village and transported them to the local cemetery where they were shot. A list of all the victims has been preserved in the documents of the local church.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

give me your tired...

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me...

come home...

gypsywoman gypsywoman
come to these shores
to find your way
don't want much
don't want more
just wanna live
your life
each day
gypsywoman gypsywoman

Tuesday, August 4, 2009




into the light...

dark are the days
darker still the nights
feeling my way
out of the black

astronomical birthday "shower"...

two perseids meteors and their radiant (crossing of dotted line) - two star constellations are indicated.

just in time for my birthday, the gods have favored me with their annual astronomical visual feast beginning late august 11 - the persides meteor shower - till dawn on august 12 - these celestial wanderers begin at a point in the constellation perseus - even though sister moon is in her waning gibbous phase about midnight, there should be plenty to see before and after moonrise - so, gather round and cast your eyes toward the heavens for the show of the evening!

The 2009 Perseid Meteor Shower

penumbral lunar eclipse august 2009

penumbral lunar eclipse

Monday, August 3, 2009

fun in the sun...


with the gypsywoman...

the eye of the heavens...

an earthly place...

“There are few

earthly things

more beautiful than

a university

a place

where those

who hate ignorance

may strive to know,

where those

who perceive truth

may strive to




john mansfield 1878-1967