Artists Help Multitudes on their Life’s Journey. Those who read my posts know the importance of a particular spiritual presence. I call it the Oquaga Spirit. Its haunt is Oquaga Lake. However, sometimes it visits other lakes in upstate New York. The rugged and beautiful terrain of this area has inspired many artists. Among the most colorful was Washington Irving. Here is an internal link. I wrote many books on this lake. The poetry seems to have been dictated by a spirit. I call her the Oquaga Spirit. I sense she was from the Lennie Lenape. Their dwelling was throughout the area including New Jersey. Below, I offer some poetry dictated by the Oquaga spirit. That particular year, summer of 1985, the spirit spoke in quatrains using the rhythm of iambic pentameter.
The Lenape (English: /ləˈnɑːpi/ or /ˈlɛnəpi/), also called the Leni Lenape, Lenni Lenape and Delaware people, are an indigenous people of the Northeastern Woodlands. Theylive in Canada and the United States. Historical territory included present-day New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania along the Delaware River watershed, New York City, western Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley.[notes 1]
Artists Help Multitudes Thanks to a Spiritual Presence
Laughing and Crying
(written with inspiration offered by the Oquaga Spirit)
A narrow wall separates laughing from crying.
Laughing and crying both create tears.
At times it’s difficult to decide which is there.
Certainly, they may both exist side by side.
Tears enable their creator to release tensions.
Tears then become the liquid to cleanse the mind.
It can enhance a mood that is already joyful
Or release the sadness that burdens its holder.
Kings were well aware of the worth of laughter.
Jesters were given a place of honor in the court.
Musicians were once honored for the same reason:
Beautiful playing can create tearful happiness.
Comedy and music are necessary arts for mankind.
The Greeks even personified these arts as Muses.
We would be wise to carefully nurture our artists.
Artists help multitudes purge away problems.