Waiting for Rainbows

8 Feb

[Prefatory Note; Below is the cover of my recently published book of poems that can be obtained from Amazon. I have received some inquiries, and although I have been writing poems for the past 60 years I have never gathered the courage to publish them in one place before. I consider their themes and interrelations to be a kind of inner memoir that is, perhaps more selective and arbitrary than conventional prose memoirs, but likely more truthful and transparent.]



28 Responses to “Waiting for Rainbows”

  1. wingsprd February 8, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

    Congratulations Richard. Beautiful cover for your book of poems. I’m sold, look forward to receiving.
    Long admired you as a human being so interested in your poetic thoughts.

    • Richard Falk February 9, 2016 at 7:36 am #

      I am touched by these words, so gracious! Richard

  2. Maivan Lam February 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm #


    How beautiful, and miraculous, that you have managed all these 60 years to find time for replenishment through the contemplation of truth/beauty/goodness in your innermost self. Can’t wait for my Amazon copy.

    Thanks muchly for responding so swiftly and positivitely to Julian Aguon’s efforts. Love. Maivan.


    • Richard Falk February 9, 2016 at 7:36 am #

      Thanks, dearest Maivan, your words make this venture into the unknown
      worth all the risks that accompany it. With my love, Richard

  3. Adam Roufberg February 8, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    Your prose is music to my ears so what shall I expect from your poetry?

  4. Corinne Whitaker February 8, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

    Richard, Keep waiting, and hoping, and writing!

    • Richard Falk February 9, 2016 at 7:39 am #

      Corinne, I will, and I know you will to; I have been looking at your wonderfully
      evocative ways of seeing our world, and presence in it…love, Richard

  5. Gene Schulman February 9, 2016 at 8:57 am #

    Richard, since I refuse to do business with Amazon, or otherwise support its enterprise, I have ordered a copy of Waiting for Rainbows from my local book dealer. I look forward to reading the ‘other side’ of Richard Falk. Who would have believed? (I hope you will have a few copies with you at the IR conference in Atlanta. Maybe Danny could bring back a signed copy, or two.)

    Best of luck,


    • Richard Falk February 9, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

      Thanks, Gene. Your objection to Amazon is based on its labor practices?
      I was informed that these have changed for the better. Or Bezos as CEO billionaire
      and now lord of the Washington Post..Richard

      • Gene Schulman February 9, 2016 at 10:58 pm #

        For both of those reasons, but as a former independent bookseller myself (I opened the first English language book store in Geneva in 1979 – Encounter Books – and ran it until sold in 1984), I am more angry for their contribution to the destruction of the indy book business. For a great description of Amazon’s labor practices, I recommend Andrew Keen’s “The Internet is NOT the Answer.” An inexpensive but ‘powerful, frightening read’!

      • Fred Skolnik February 12, 2016 at 6:02 am #

        You ought to put your money where your mouth is and boycott Google too for its labor practices, but what is worse for owning an Israeli hi-tech company and paying the salaries of Nazis, genocidists and apartheidists. Actually Google does the indies a lot of good since they print on demand and don’t get their books into bookstores so their Internet sales make up the bulk of their business.

      • Fred Skolnik February 12, 2016 at 6:04 am #

        I mean Amazon does the Indies a lot of good.

  6. Laurie Knightly February 9, 2016 at 7:19 pm #

    Falk’s been waiting for the rainbow,
    But did not become insane.
    Something that you should know:
    He’s been dancing in the rain.

    • Gene Schulman February 9, 2016 at 10:59 pm #

      Good one, Laurie.

  7. Gene Schulman February 10, 2016 at 11:04 pm #

    I know this is not the right post, about Richard’s new book of poetry, to return to the subject of Israel’s international lobbies which spread hasbara (propaganda) about its illegal activities around the world. But this article http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44173.htm should not be missed. I’m sure it will bring back all the ‘sayanim’ who regularly attack this blog whenever Prof. Falk writes a column about Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians. One doesn’t have to name them, they know who they are, and I can’t wait to hear from them again following this comment ;-(

    I would also point out for those of you who read French, the most recent edition (3-9 February, 2016) of L’Express (LEXPRESS.fr), which features a cover article by and about Bernard-Henri Levy and his new book L’Esprit du judaism, and his article about being Jewish in France. A perfect example of this saynim’s power to spread the word.

    • Kata Fisher February 11, 2016 at 7:12 am #

      Good Morning/Evening Gene

      A Note:
      I am sure that all of you wondered about frightful things and illegal that happen off and on. There is more to these things then the actual reporting of the news. For Example Planned Parenthood (few locations) – too hellish hot-party spots for Roman-Catholic Priest.

      Fr. Bill’s ordination is so much different from my ordination, and our ordination trite’s are as far off from each other as Heaven and Erth or Heaven and Hell. He publicly / semi-private will tell about Heaven and Heavenly things – but I will tell you about Hell and Earthly things. However, on average, Ordained Priest and I (illegally ordained woman by Protestant church disorder and forced ordination) experience the same things from different perspectives. How evil-illegal things can be and get – and how much condemnation can receive – and even to be given over to devil and death / condemnation to death? We do not always know, and actually can not know.

      I wrote on
      October 15, 2015
      Few weeks ago a local priest went to the Abortion Clinic – as he always does on each Friday every week to minister to abused women – and on that particular day, he was attacked by an angry women-hating-mob. They actually organised a protest against him coming to the clinic. They mocked, belittled him, calling him all kind of names. He told kids and me, “I looked at those angry people and had nothing but love for them.” and he said that all that he said to them was coming in was “Peace.” And when he said “Peace” they got even angrier and more nastier.

      Then, I wrote on

      November 28, 2015
      Look, there was shooting at the planed Parenthood on Friday. Fr. Bill’s ministry is every Friday @ a Planed Parenthood in Colorado Springs to abused women. Servile weeks ago – there was actually organized protest against him coming to the Planed Parenthood. They mocked him; they belittled him, they were calling him all kind of names. He said that all he said to them coming in was ‘Peace’. Then, they got even nastier toward him. I hope it was not the same Planed Parent Killing Place where Fr. Bill ministered to abused women.

      Fr. Bill said that he looked at those angry people and had nothing but Love for them.

      Anyway, what kind of Psychopaths would actually organize a protest against a priest that is doing what he suppose to be doing.

      Unheard of.. Just insanity crazy.

    • Gene Schulman February 11, 2016 at 8:40 am #

      Apologies to all for changing the subject, and setting an example for Kata to chime in with her own change of subject.

      Kata, why do you hate books?

      • Kata Fisher February 11, 2016 at 9:40 am #


        I absolutely do not hate book – for me (my understanding), books are as same as folklore. Sometimes, not even actual reality (in overall) undiscerned fiction. Still, I am not saying that books are useless and evil.

        There is a lot of good that actually is recorded in the books. Perhaps, even evil.

        However, it’s not my in my calling to go about sweeping trough them. For me – that would feel like the absolute waste of my time – and energies.

        I do admire people who are actually up to such excruciating task, can be grown-ups enough, I guess. I am not there, nor wish to be. I would never again want to submit myself to anything like that.
        I read a lot of books, which made me realise a lot about what actual modern books are. It’s difficult doctrine – and if you not in trained exercise to go about them – off you go – way to off. That is scary to me.

        I had a friend who was reading few of some heretical books and everyone kept telling her that she should not be reading and recommending those books to others – she kept gooing about it, and she did few times, until she started to feel mentally ill. It was about people writing what they were experiencing in after death and coming back to life phenomenon. I personally, have refused to read those books that she was recommending. However, this is another doctrine.

        While I was in collage, and I was reading heretical things – it made me psychically exhausted and ill. It was so spiritually challenging. Trust me, I have no need to deal with nonsense such as that.

        A friend of mine – who loves art and is in artistic expresions wrote a while ago:

        “Para os muitos que têm ficado traumatizados com a leitura dos clássicos, têm aqui um incentivo para acabarem de vez com o trauma: matem-se. Mas por favor não falhem; pelo menos no fim, não sejam ridículos.” ~ R.F.

        In translated version:

        “For the many that have been traumatised by the reading of the classics, they have an incentive to finish of time with the trauma: kill yourselves. But please do not fail; at least, in the end, don’t be ridiculous.” ~ R.F.

        What’s the purpose of reading / doing anything? I guess, “in the end, don’t be ridiculous.”

    • Laurie Knightly February 11, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

      It would be unfair not to include the sayanim type of intrusion by equally, at least, self serving bloggers. The Christian fanatics contributing to this blog feign an interest in the subject, but only as a means to promote themselves and their supernatural self righteous ‘solutions’ to their theological brand of global justice. Their religion requires them to preach/proselytize/threaten/promise everywhere and anywhere and their motives are no better than their hasbara counterparts. Kata’s ‘religious’ contributions are a gross insult to both religion and intellect. It shocks me that such venom/narcissism/crude out group hatred could find a home here. She is more appropriately anointed in the DSM. Books? Charismatics hear voices in their heads and spout stuff only coherent to each other. The pope does not censure them because Catholics are losing potential members to evangelicals and much of the public likes that manic type of theater- more’s the pity. The Zionists don’t challenge these zealots because of their support for Israel. When reminded of their ultimate plan for Jews, they smile and say that they’ll take that up with the messiah when he arrives. and meanwhile…….

      • Kata Fisher February 11, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

        I can’t force myself to wear borderline anti-fettering lip-pencil.

        I’m ordained -so, I am far beyond that – its fettering dish.

        But there is a girl that thinks that is Schizophrenic and manic – which I totally disagree – she is just incredibly disorginised in things that she absolutely can get done ..

        Actually, she is a poetry Queen:

      • Kata Fisher February 11, 2016 at 6:38 pm #

        A note:

        I must have had misspelled – my English is totally outside anything I can do, properly. But I must and will make correction to

        feathering & fettering.


      • Gene Schulman February 12, 2016 at 12:42 am #

        Another good, and necessary, one, Laurie. Kata’s rantings are completely unrelated to the blog and do not belong here. However, it is not our blog to control, and if Richard doesn’t find it offensive, well…..;-(

        I disparage anyone who doesn’t like books/learning. If I remember, Danté has a special place in one of his levels of hell for such ignorance.

      • Kata Fisher February 12, 2016 at 5:16 am #

        It must have to be a favorite warrior in his face – disturbing his day of laisure and rays (of sunshine) in his face. So, I am to better disappear just as Greco-Roman indulgences of Alexsander the Great. (A Warriors poem)

  8. Kata Fisher February 11, 2016 at 7:15 am #

    Professor Falk,
    I noticed that you wrote a poem “Lent.”
    It is Lent season. The Geographical width to this practice is incredible.
    I will be getting the Book, too – just because it is poetry. I swore to myself that I never (not ever) get another book in my will power.

  9. Laurie Knightly February 12, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    One would do well to check out the ‘anointing’ issue referenced here. The New Testament seems clear that only Christ was anointed and that other claimants are liars and impostors. If, however, one still believes otherwise, one can get the liquids and certificates online. There’s oil, towels, wristbands, exam pens, and yes – even condoms available.

    Kata asks what kind of ‘Psychopath’ would organize a protest [Planned Parenthood] against a priest doing what he’s supposed to do. Well, me for one. When St. Stephens did a PP protest here, I suggested in very loud counter insulting shouts that they clean their own house. At that time, the Oregon Province of the Catholic Church had 500 claims against it for child molesters and rapists. One payment, for instance, made by the church was for $500,000 – case of a priest raping a dying woman. How can you judge others with the blinding mote in your own eye?, I yelled at the priest. Abortion is not prohibited in scripture. Beating disobedient children to death, however, is mandated. Some of us ‘psychopaths’ consider this sick in the head. And we do not honor parents who commit ugly crimes against their children – or the chlldren of anyone anywhere. Over a million children are abused every year in the US – mostly by their parents. The 10 commandments violate law. Kill? OK in war. Steal ? – just call it Zionism.

    Next Kata will go into the victim mode. They are required to suffer for Christ and she will weep over being tarred and feathered – or ‘fettered’. She will claim that she went to ‘collage’ – an appropriate spelling meaning a collection of unrelated things glued together. God asked her to spell it this way – or so he told me. This victim role is a useful tool as the Zionists are well aware. Making the Palestinians the guilty ones is the epitome of sleaze.

    My plan is to inundate the blog with my ‘religion’. If such as Ray and Kata are allowed to fill the spaces with their self serving utterings, I will match them with mine. Never mind the subject, I’ll wedge in anywhere anytime.

    Oh yes, poetry… should make a passing glance to the subject…….

    No ifs, ands, and buts,
    This stuff is just plain nuts.

    • Gene Schulman February 12, 2016 at 11:56 am #

      May god* keep Laurie safe and give her long life.


      * Used only as a figure of speech.

      • Kata Fisher February 12, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

        You see – the Psalm is already interpreted for me!

    • Kata Fisher February 12, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

      For one, I can agree with Lauri? – the Scripture does not forbid killing – I guess and excuses one that kills another humans children? Awww… Auch? that is Old Testament Law of the Spirit stuff: Eye for an Eye!? Psalm 137:8-9 It calls a killer blessed? Why? O’my God – just why? How can this be! In my humanity, I can’t grasp it! – but I can enjoy it? I can’t enjoy it! – this is “self-feathering” to me…

      Well, I do not know about that interpretation of the Scripture. I do not know what I am talking about, here – I must be wrong, I guess. Lol – that is my self-Anti-feathering pencil smeared all over me?

      I am Roman Catholic Church woman smeared on with the ordained condition – I legitimately can have feathering Law of the Spirit in my mouth – I have been smeared on with it to many times – too many oils of the Spirit! I do not have to wear Anti-feathering lip-pencil, at all – it’s a brat a lavish condition imposed of by One Cup and One Anointing – One Baptism with Jesus Christ! I have been Baptised into the actual Baptism of Spirit/real Baptism of Jesus Christ and Spirit that come forth from God-Head – and not invalid-fake one. Meaning, in One Baptism with Jesus Christ – while this will and can be a waste of my Pearls (at all).

      So, I do not know about all this -so, you will talk to the man, about that – what you have learned and think that is right.
      I have no time about it. I will not dispute over doctrine, except, to correct what applies to myself (in this case).

      I feel no victimhood – and I claim not that to my condition, at all. My spiritual condition id ROCKING to me!

      Now, I am off to rock with Bon Jovi and waste no time. (Smile).

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