Here I Am

Hebrew Text
And it came to pass after these things, that God did prove Abraham, and said unto him: ‘Abraham’; and he said: ‘Here am I.’

My personal website stewartcherlin.com expresses my interests, involvements, artwork, photography and writing. The above Torah text reflects the immediacy and intimacy of the Hebrew term hineni (הנני) ‘here I am’ as definitively stated by the patriarch Abraham in Vayeira; Genesis 18:1–22:24. This state of being present, some call mindfulness, is key and central to one’s spiritual and artistic life. Photography, music, and writing are a few of the means to achieve this fleeting state.

Select Poems

A grasshopper trembles as it rides atop a leaf across the surface of the treacherous pond (from Poems and Haiku written 1980/81) I am unmoved by the pond’s placid waters (Mar 2016)

I am startled as much as the bird that flies out of the tree who is startled by me (May 1981)

School of small fish dart nervously in and out of patches of Sunlight, the Sun retreats behind a cloud and the fish calm down (June 1981)

Sun beaming down on the river waves drawing us on and on… without moving an inch! (July 1981)

Twenty plus years between volumes, winters still cold, spring in the distance, beginning (and ending) a journal anew (January 01, 2002)

A wall clock under the boxed cuckoo clock ticks, the cuckoo remains silent and dark/for days I have wondered where the ticking was coming from/who will look at the time from either? (March 7, 2016)