manK I N D


A creation, oil paint on canvas 50 x 70 cm. And a Six Sentence Story.
(why not…less traffic at your Reader!)



{Denise gracefully hosts Six Sentence Stories, where writers unleash their magic under one simple rule: in no more or no less than 6 sentences.
This week’s prompt word is : CLUB }

Mankind…are we really ?

I would prefer to have known instead of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques , the body of research that shows the helpful medical use of cannabinoids (like THC and CBD and 100 more) to epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain…guess of what I became aware first.

I would prefer to have known instead of the systematic deforestation, Jadav Payeng; a simple man born in 1963 at a small island in Brahmaputra river of India – since 1980, to battle the vast corrosion of his island’s soil, he started planting trees…thousands of them…by himself…and after 40 years he has created a forest and an ecosystem 5,500,000 square meters big (or 770 football fields)…by himself…guess of what I became aware first.

I would prefer to have known instead of clubbing to death baby seals, Aleksander Doba; most people to celebrate their 70th birthday go on a cruise in the Atlantic Ocean…so did Aleksander, only with a smaller boat…he crossed the Atlantic Ocean, by himself, rowing in a 7 meters cayak…September 2017, 110 days, 8,109 km, from New Jersey USA to the coast of France, for the 3rd time…first time at 2010 from Africa to Brazil in 99 days, 5,500km, 64 years old…October 2013, from Lisbon Portugal to Florida USA, 167 days, 12,437 km…he has spent more than a year in the ocean by himself…guess of what I became aware first.

I would prefer to have known instead of subprime mortgages and synthetic collateralized debt obligations, Dashrath Manjhi; in 1956 his wife died at their small village in India after an accident because the doctor from a nearby village had to go around a mountain for 55 km to reach them…Dashrath vowed that he would not let that happen to anyone else…so, he started hammering the himself… he was the crazy man of the village as from 1960 to 1982 he measured himself, his resolve, his love against a mountain…nobody was laughing when he opened a road through the mountain 110 m long, 9 m wide, 8 m deep…the distance to the nearby village with the doctor was now 15km… by himself…guess of what I became aware first.

I would prefer to have known earlier in my life that the impossible is possible; nevertheless, it is not a small gift to give to the young ones in our life…who knows, they may grow up to be one day manKind.



Spira / Nick © October 2022


About Spira

” The eternal part of our being is conscious of the timeless essence of life & is aware that the past is nothing but a memento of the present and tomorrow a dream of the now. The very thing meditating & singing from within, remains always inside the boundaries of the primordial instant that scattered the stars into the cosmos.” Kh.Gibran

24 responses »

  1. It does humankind no kind of good to edit out history that doesn’t fit with the biases of a ruling class. And yet, here we all are — again — ignorant but not blissful.
    Thoughtful work, here.

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    • Bruce! Thank you so much , my friend.
      It was an emotionally charged painting, I am glad it resonated with you!
      You have gifted me over time with your attention, insight about my creations, you have shared them with your audience…thank you isn’t enough.☺🙏🏼

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  2. Hi mate. Your words and tone speak poetry for our efforts in trying to be ‘kind’ to our fellow Earth dwellers, the Earth, and the universe in which we’re all floating around in.
    The painting speaks loud, and the fire is evident and brilliantly executed in oil. What’s funny is that in the mirror image details I saw all kinds of things related to Buddhism… healers, helpers, wise ones, gentle ones, carers, light-givers… and of course an angel or two which I always seem to find somewhere in your creations!

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    • Hey, mate! How are you doing?
      You left me and the supply room unattended, which will end in Denise throwing a tantrum over the budget to replace “missing bottles” 🤣

      As always, you have found the heart of this creation and Six.

      The fact that you have seen all that you did at the details is neither funny nor a surprise to me. I call them meditation pieces, because they seem to demonstrate a strong ability to conjure images at the eyes of the beholder.

      And of course…the angel… as someone who has repeatedly shown strong empathy for my work.. I would be worried if you didn’t see them.😉

      Hope you are well,Ford!
      You better bring back your ink at the SSC&B quickly!

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      • ‘Meditation pieces’ is a good term, and they certainly lead the eyes to unexpected places, with new images/feelings arriving at a second and third look. A bit like sometimes the patterns in fabric or wallpaper.

        Yeah!! I’m doing good, mate, all well, and I miss the SSC&B vibe. You can bet your boots I’ll be back when things quiet down here (and at least I know those ‘missing bottles’ are in safe hands 😁😂😊).
        See ya soon!

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  3. I felt as if I walked into a gallery – first your art (damn, where’s the bench to sit on while I gaze at these pieces!) And of course your Six. A blending of the arts.
    Your piece, intricate, filled with all manner of images. It is art that demands more than a glance for there is so much so see.

    To reiterate, your Six is more an interactive experience. Very cool. Informative, inspiring and surely a reminder to us all. I agree wholeheartedly, the impossible is possible. And that we lead by example and hopefully, have a positive impact on the young people in our lives.

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    • The width of the smile on my face upon reading your sensation of manK I N D can only be rivalled by the speed a burgundy leather armchair will appear for you to sit and gaze (bench…pfff, not here😉)

      Denise, now that you are sitting comfortably, “blending of the arts…”: you could not have given me a higher praise! I was/am all about synthesis.
      And on top of that, you being in that “state of attention ” that allowed you to see all the images within…I ask: Can my Sunday morning get any better?

      Loved the quote that I encountered once “Impossible is nothing but it saying I m possible”.
      And it is…

      Thank you, Denise.

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  4. lol (yeah, sometimes I suspect I am more obvious than I ‘d like to think I am…
    Painting is cool (like with pomes… I get the concept but lack the direct experience and, hence, the vocabulary to comment upon)…other than in semi-metaphorical terms.

    engaging Six, though*

    * and, speaking for myself, that is the singular value of a well-executed Six Sentence Story

    HEY!! Ford!! yo
    stop by the Bistro… starting get crowded over there what with the word getting out to any number of Sixarians

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    • No need for specific vocabulary, Clark.
      Just bring to the table your feedback, in any way, shape or form.
      That is what I have been trying to infuse to the young ones: no need for a Phd in Arts to engage with an artistic creation – attention, on the other hand, and presence are mandatory.
      Thank you, man!


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