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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.


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July 11, 2011


I like these a lot, and the idea of ongoing verbal and drawn glimpses of the city. But I find the oblique dividers distracting.

Thanks, Jean. Yes. The problem is that I send each post simultaneously to FB, and without the slashes at the stanza breaks, the haiku or tanka doesn't come across as that at all. Maybe I need to post separately when doing micropoems.

I am also reluctant to work away the summer!

Don't believe anything. Regard things on a scale of probabilities. The things that seem most absurd, put under 'Low Probability', and the things that seem most plausible, you put under 'High Probability'. Never believe anything. Once you believe anything, you stop thinking about it. The more things you believe, the less mental activity. If you believe something, and have an opinion on every subject, then your brain activity stops entirely, which is clinically considered a sign of death, nowadays in medical practice. So put things on a scale or probability, and never believe or disbelieve anything entirely.

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