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  1. That’s great fun to read out loud, trips off the tongue, as they say. Some really clever comments on it! I enjoyed Paul Grignon’s interpretation of the ying yang extrapolation. Re-reading it, AR Neal’s thoughts particularly resonate.

  2. Ah Eric…me=speechless; me=pensive;me thoughts on this one=the power of color,blending,facilitating new beginnings,nurturing along the way,the power of one drop of anything which makes a difference in perception…any ONE (of anything:drop,people)will make a difference even in the darkest abyss.
    I love milk! 🙂
    Had to instill humor…hope you don’t mind. I am about to have a glass of milk with more than one drop! 🙂

    1. Me = thank you 🙂

      Yes, no one can escape ‘transformation’ when ‘touched’.

      In a more serious note, please do instill all the humour you can muster – my blog, which is too serious/heavy, needs some ‘light moments’. I’m trying to achieve this with Brothers Grinn – http://wp.me/p1YE83-1ma – but with mixed ‘success’.

      I’m a milk drinker too.

      Cheers, Eric

  3. This is definitely multi directional – depending on who you are and what your thought process is. Upon reading this,a scientist may have a totally different take than a philosopher; again an author may see it completely different from an artist- this is just a brief example to show how different people have various mindsets.
    As I read this- I envisioned the physical and the chemical transformation and tried to understand the underlying thoughts conveyed and this is what I came up with:
    …that we all undergo transformation (metaphorically or otherwise) and then have a different identity totally which can be distinguishably different from our origin and being the superior species that we are ,we immediately adapt ourselves. We transform ,change and move on- because as they say that change is the only constant .

    1. Hello Swati,

      Yes, depending on our reference point(s), we have different take(s). All you say is true and as you rightly pointed out, I meant this piece to be multi-dimensional. You threw in a nice tail end there – “we immediately adapt ourselves” – so, true. All of us might experience the same stimulant but each adapts differently.

      Thank you for expending the time to leave behind a comprehensive comment – always welcomed and appreciated.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

  4. It takes a seemingly insurmountable risk for a drop of milk to plunge into a tub of ink, and risk at a lesser magnitude if it is drop for drop, ie a drop of milk vs a drop of ink. Considering the former scenario, for me, milk denotes love, kindness and good deeds, while ink denotes hatred, evil, and other works of darkness. It takes a lot of risk, chutzpah, and the dying of self for a single drop of milk to plunge into the ocean of ink, and although the white loses its color, there is transformation at the molecular level. As single drops of water erode the hardness of a huge rock, in much the same way, the incessant single drop of milk will erode and transform the darkness of a tub of ink. That is my take on this poem, Eric. Peace, Dee

    1. This is the beauty of your thoughts, Dee – insightful and a seamless marrying of the technologist and artist within. You’ve covered several aspects and I agree with them all – and learned some, too 🙂

      What hooked me was your opening phrase – “It takes a seemingly insurmountable risk for a drop of milk to plunge into a tub of ink” – Wow! I say. Did not view it so, not in a million years until you pointed out.

      Keep sharing your thoughts, Dee – I’m learning much from you, my dear.

      Peace and luv,
      Eric

  5. it immediately made me smile. i didn’t have a thought; i had a feeling: mirth. i loved it. if i must (ha!) think: it tells me of a fantastical dream: that if i drink milk with a drop of ink in it then i will be a better writer, a more prolific writer, a faster writer, a natural writer… i loved it. truly. thank you for the smile and the feeling of possibility and that wonderful concept of believing in our dreams and fantasies. simply: “we are.”

    1. Hello Molly,

      Thank you for your visit and comment. Glad you loved it. I know what you mean by “I have a feeling” – just read your FF post 🙂 You are prolific! Obviously, you enjoy blogging and it comes through.

      All good wishes,
      Eric
      P/s If I may – and I mean this well – it takes quite a while to download your blog and navigation is somewhat ‘sticky’. I can only wonder whether this is due to the theme and solid background colour. Or, it could be my internet speed needs ramping up.

      1. Hi Eric, thank you! I love to write. I

        As for the website, I wonder… My views are very low these days compared to a few months ago. I have no problem loading it, but ill try it on a computer I don’t use very often and see what happens. I appreciate the thought. 🙂

  6. Dear Eric,

    Could it possibly be an abstract transformation of yin-yang and, once diffused, become an infinite black and white ouroboros? Here’s my take:

    Droplet on the brink
    Slips slowly and sinks
    In darkled paths it goes
    Entwined in swirling throes
    Forever, in sync.

    Thank you, Eric, for once again providing a thought-provoking poem. That, in turn, allows me to ‘churn’ out a few words. Take care, Paul

    1. A yin-yang ouroboros – now, that is interesting – yes, I would say, it is possible. Did not see it from this angle – and thank you, Paul 🙂

      You are leaving behind quite a few creative poems and thoughts – I enjoy them and am sure visitors here do, as well. This is generous of you, Paul – I don’t mean to criticize anyone, but many would rather ‘save’ and post on their own blogs. Perhaps you ought to do it too – but please, do contribute when you feel compelled.

      All good wishes for the weekend,
      Eric
      P/s I’ll be away for most of today and shall catch up asap.

      1. Thank you for your comments, Eric. It seems, though, that I have offended you by leaving, perhaps, too many words in the comment section. I wholeheartedly apologize if I have somehow impinged upon your fine site. That certainly was, and will never be, my intent. I have merely posted something that struck a chord, given your material. Again, please do accept my apology. I will, in the future, curtail my replies. Take care.

      2. Good Lord, Paul, whatever gave you the idea that your comments “offended” me. No, certainly not, definitely not!

        I read and re-read my reply and could not fathom how you drew that inference.

        Please, let me state categorically that I enjoy and welcome your comments, haiku, poem – all of them – and many of my readers do, too. If I had conveyed anything else, I stand corrected and please forgive me.

        Please, do keep your comments coming – you, as many others, add depth and scope to the discussions.

        Peace and all good wishes,
        Eric

      3. Dear Eric,

        I stand corrected. To me, it just seemed that your comment about keeping one’s writing to one’s own blog should be sufficient. That was all. I guess I must have interpreted your reply entirely.

        On that note then, will I continue to peruse your fine posts and comment upon them in whatever fashion.

        It remains, though, that the content of your own writing allows the rest of us to ponder and consider what they themselves eventually post your way.

        Thank you for your words. I appreciate them.

        Take care, and have a lovely weekend.
        Paul

      4. Dear Paul,

        Truly appreciate this.

        Perhaps if I can add a little. I referred to those who, ‘inspired’ by my post, would post on their blog and leave a link in my comments – they would say something like “Hi, this is my reply to your post” – and then, they leave a link.

        This, which frankly amuses me, is their prerogative and is what I meant when I said “I don’t mean to criticise anyone”.

        Anyway, I’m glad we sorted this out and happy that you trusted me enough to share your misgivings.

        Peace and blessings,
        Eric

  7. Sometimes when we get an ink stain, we use milk to remove it. My guess would be that the fat droplets in milk dissolve the ink. Relating to this post, what I draw from this is all you need is a drop of kindness (goodness/nutrition in milk) to dissolve the “stubborn” ink. Hope I’m not totally out of context.
    Anyway have a lovely weekend soon, Eric.

    1. Actually Jasey,

      You drew out several interpretations from this one. At a practical level, yes, and also at a figurative level.

      One can never go wrong as it is what you see and your thoughts – I’m the smart one, I simply read and learn off all your efforts 🙂

      You have a lovely weekend too dear,
      Eric

  8. I suppose you could go in several directions with this one. In most cultures I’m aware of white usually signifies good and black evil. Not sure what your intent was here but you could say that the milk modified the ink. The more drops you add the more the colour modifies too. Perhaps you were preaching a littler sermon to us here? LOL

    1. Yes, this is tangential.

      True that most societies view black as bad. Arguably, the genesis could be in the early years of man when he trembled in fear of darkness.

      Very true, your thoughts on modification – that is a modern but appropriate word.

      Preach? LOL, never – otherwise, I would not ask for your thoughts – no preacher does, I reckon.

  9. Very deep, considering that now the ink and milk have joined together changing the white of the milk and black of the ink into a softer shade. At least, that’s what it makes me think of.

    1. Very true, Susan,

      Yes and you are so right. Everything around us, affects and changes us – for the better, for the worse – change is relentless and very often creeps upon us without us knowing it.

      Peace, Eric

  10. Nice – I think that I have an inkling of what you are thinking but as I have never tried milk and ink I may be off track. It is sonerous and on the brink of something important even if it is unthinkably undrinkable. Cheerio, Jane

  11. Very interesting piece! It makes me think immediately of the power of diversity (ask an intercultural practitioner and what do you get…); one bit of change in an otherwise homogeneous situation and under the right conditions, transformation can occur.

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