To Delight (verb)


Kai emerges with delight after a swim in Useless bay. The thirteenth-century word “delight” comes from its Latin root, “delectare” which not only refers to pleasure and to that which brings pleasure, but also to arousal, seduction, and allure.  Delight is not just a clown or a Santa Clause…it can...

Sorrow and Joy


Some of my Tea Bowls. Setting Moon Pottery. Charles LaFond, potter. Number 1 when I was 18 - my first pot. Number 25 was fired recently. A life of bowls. “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your...

Exhaling


Sorting things When we breathe, we inhale and then we exhale.  For those of us whose childhoods were particularly difficult or who have survived trauma, the breath is shallow, tentative, furtive, and so, rather more frequent. For most people however the breath is deep and subconscious.  In - belly swells. ...

Pathways in rainforests


So many tomes have been written about the Dark Night of the Soul.  Indeed the title of the great mystic was mistranslated.  The original translation was “the obscured night of the soul.” The word “dark” gets a bad rap. “Dark woods” are frightening.  “Dark Knight” is a medieval bad guy. “Dark thoughts” are...

Letting Anxiety pass


Before a storm at Little Bird Farm in New Mexico When storms approach Little Bird Farm, there is little doubt.  They come in over the mesa from the East, past the horse barn and the apple orchards as the raucous chirping of our birds hush suddenly.  The sky in New...

The Letter from Charlie


A family lap desk and some paper. Thousands of years ago letters were written. Love letters. Administrative letters.  Coded letters.  Anarchy letters, Sedition letters. Kill-the-king letters. Military letters. Letters from people in places like Corinth and Thessoloniki, Rome and Ephesis.  Letters from people like Titus, Philemon and Timothy or perhaps...

Through the field


The porch of my cottage looks out onto this field.  The cottage is in the center of a 20-acre alfalfa and grass farm which feeds the area horse farms in Albuquerque’s South Valley – made famous by the television show Breaking Bad.  The chicken restaurant seen in the show is...

Livid * – a poem of Holy Saturday


In the night after Holy Saturday - an angel. But before?An original icon in the collection of Charles LaFond Livid: A poem of Holy Saturday Livid bruises cover your still body. Plums. Blues. The resulting purple. The garden. The arrest. The savage beatings. And then in that cold, stone tomb...

Mary’s Other Song


Crucifixion Bas Relief #24: "With Rose". Stoneware, Cone 6, Rose Crystalline glaze, unglazed forms. Carved Bas Relief, 16.5 x 6 inches, Charles LaFond, artist. Lent, 2019, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mary’s Other Song If I hold my hand against the wood, flat, like this I can feel your breathing from above....

Tenderness


This is the first Icon I ever had written by an Athonite friend whose icons I have always loved and of which I have requested a dozen originals over these 20 years of priestly ministry. Don’t be impressed.  The purchases represent money I should have invested for retirement.  Also they...