Mornings with Tolstoy – Day Seven

Empathy, Compassion and the Root of Both By WILLIAM PRENTISS I lie here only able to hear, and that unknown to others, thinking about empathy and compassion, wondering about the root of both. What compels us to feel the plight of others, to desire to alleviate their suffering? What is the source of empathy and […]

Mornings with Tolstoy – Day Six

Limitations of Pride and Selfishness By WILLIAM PRENTISS Hours on end, thinking yet not seeing, hearing but not feeling, feeling but never expressing, this is my wakened state, unknown to none but me, and God of course, and maybe my sister. Sis read again from Tolstoy. She assumes I can hear but she doesn’t know for […]

Mornings with Tolstoy – Day Five

Fettered by Dysfunction By WILLIAM PRENTISS My mind is a merciless jailor, more so than my motionless frame. I haven’t moved a leg, limb or eyelash for two years; my thoughts hold more of me hostage than does my inert body. 

Mornings with Tolstoy – Day Four: Pilgrims

My soul continues its journey By WILLIAM PRENTISS I had already begun contemplating death prior to my present state. When younger, healthy and virtually free of scars and the tissue that remains, death was something far into an unknown, never-to-be-reached future. Death was an occasional thought, sadly affecting others. At some point in my early forties, […]

Mornings with Tolstoy – Day Three

Concentrate on the present By WILLIAM PRENTISS Clarksdale, Mississippi Rough day. I feel no physical pain, but I still deal with and feel mental anguish. This angst is usually a result of painful memories or frustration with being able to do nothing but “be.”

Mornings with Tolstoy – Day Two

And Goodness for All By WILLIAM PRENTISS Clarksdale, Mississippi I don’t always understand or agree with what Sis reads to me from Leo Tolstoy’s A Calendar of Wisdom, but it sure does make me think. Thinking is about all I can do. I am in a coma: I can’t see, move, blink, or feel pain, nothing. But I […]

Mornings with Tolstoy – The Beginning

A DELTA SHORT By WILLIAM PRENTISS Clarksdale, Mississippi He is God. Why didn’t He protect me? I blamed Him. It wasn’t His fault. Life ain’t fair. That’s that. No more pleas for them to hear. They can’t. Two years, and only Sis hears. Well, she really doesn’t hear. I talk to God about it. Guess […]

Whuppin’ Dat Ass Mississippi Delta Style

Reflections on the duality of man By POOR WILLIAM CLARKSDALE, Mississippi (VIDEO) Is “ass-whuppin Christian” an oxymoron? You bet! Why is it so many of us give in to our sinful nature when we get pissed off and want to whup (or in my case, try to whup…) some ass when we become angry at somebody?

Being Present

We cannot alter the past or control the future, but we can work on being present. By POOR WILLIAM CLARKSDALE, Mississippi “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”  —  Luke 12: 25-26 Memories and future […]

Nuthin’ and Everything

By Poor William (Clarksdale, Mississippi) Nuthin’ can be something, and nuthin’ can be everything, if one’s everything is nuthin’! Nuthin’ and Everything. Two words appearing to be diametrically opposed—nothing and everything—are not as mutually exclusive as they appear. Seeming to be polar opposites, they actually are quite kin.

A Message from Jason Shelby that may make you shout ‘Alleluia’ involuntarily.

By Guest Bohemian Jason Shelby The following is a word for word transcription, with a few edits for clarity, of Rev. Jason Shelby’s homily given on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at the historical St. George’s Episcopal Church in Clarksdale, Mississippi. While listening to his message, I actually shouted out loud, involuntarily, while sitting in my […]

Contritus Williamus Opines: Raindrops Keep Falling on My Caladiums

By Contritus Williamus Only God could have designed a weak, singular, 2-inch Caladium leaf—recently emerged from bulb status—to break through Poor William’s pobrean soil and red mulch, to stand proudly beneath the garden giants: cordyline, aspidistra and iron maiden, while holding one precious drop of water! Glory to God! If you zoom, you can see […]