16 Haziran 2017 Cuma



Foibles of college life, remembered at odd times, are but anecdotes from previous reincarnations. They carry no compassion, empathy, envy, grief, greed or hate, not even humour for those who have moved forward to perception of new energies, new climates and especially new mysteries.

If and when you find the occasion to talk of those foibles, and try to reminisce with those you believe to have shared those days, months, years, you may discover new memories, not your own, new perceptions of old events or non-events or even total amnesia, having bleached out certain memories or the means to access the peculiar nooks and crannies of the mind.

Alumni mass get-togethers of most and sundry provide good occasions to deliver and suffer jolts, find new myths, mysteries and doubts, and also certainties; allowing us to realise once more, and with force, our differences from each other and from ourselves, then and now.

We have lived during many ages of mankind and will continue to do so, hopefully sharing our times and lives with each other even when we cannot see ourselves or each other even in mirrors. 

Written for my Robert College Class of '67  50th Graduation Anniversary booklet 

23 Mayıs 2017 Salı

Back to the Absurd and Beyond

This poem belongs to my travel blog,  otherchelebistravels.blogspot.com.tr,
but travellers who frequent that blog may actually be offended by it; whereas the intellectual readers of this blog will only be moved by the depth of emotion and sadness.


T’is a world of mirrors,
Not one of horrors.
When you with yourself travel,
None of that “ where shall we dine? drivel.

You see mostly aspects of you.
And, every time the mirror shows a smiling you,
You say, “Why, thank you!”
“How do you do?”

What a surprise it is when the aspect is not you,
But a strange illusion, always called ‘Who?’
Which keeps creeping up on you,
In museums, on the mountains, the beaches and the blue.

It appears in lobbies,
And tiny cubbies.
Even on the front seats of taxi cabbies,
And transmits thoughts of things like rabies.

Still…., I like traveling with myself,
My one and only existential self.
And when they, the illusions ask:
“How do you enjoy the sun and the bask?”
I say, “You’re so right! When you are a crowd, t’is no mean task.”

1 Mayıs 2017 Pazartesi

Second Birthday of Kilic Arslan, celebrated in Chicago

Is this all you have for me?

Three generations
Even the Sons In Law

29 Nisan 2017 Cumartesi

Arya's Growing Up Pains

So far the only pain seems to be due to an insatiable appetite for mother's milk.

Unaware of What's to Come

Love and Care


24 Nisan 2017 Pazartesi


Arya waited just the right period of time to inform Ceylan that she wished to arrive.

She joined us with  applause,

On a sunny day

defying all possibility of clouds

Eser's  use of social media and my days of

monkish contemplation,

Of all the things I hope to write

one day

about life

and living

and joy and love and