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October 2020 ~ The Facts of Life

Happy 14th Anniversary to Poem of the Month! And a perfect poemto mark the occasion.  In gratitude to you, poem lover.  Avec amour, always.   The Facts of Life That you were born and you will die. That you will sometimes love enough and sometimes not. That you will lie if only to yourself. That you [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|Poem of the Month|

September 2020 ~ Sun Moves

We are a denatured species, measuring what doesn't matter, addicted to our back-lit screens.  You reading this, however, are still awed by expansive sky, brilliance of moon, miracle of boulders, life forms - like moss. Pass it on, best you can, in every way possible.  All love to you. Sun Moves Overhead and I measure [...]

By |August 31st, 2020|Poem of the Month|

August 2020 ~ After a Sleepless Night

After a Sleepless Night After a sleepless night, worrying about the world I stand in the whispering grass, watching the mountains crouch under their burden of sky. The morning sun glides above the peaks and the field is suddenly flooded with turquoise light. A flock of redwings rise, they turn together like a page of [...]

By |August 1st, 2020|Poem of the Month|

July 2020 ~ Mercy

In a seemingly small act, poet Rudy Francisco shines the light of compassionate awareness on what we fearfully name “other."   Mercy after Nikki Giovanni She asked me to kill the spider Instead, I got the most peaceful weapons I can find I take a cup and a napkin. I catch the spider, put it outside and allow it to walk [...]

By |July 1st, 2020|Poem of the Month|

June 2020 ~ Coyote Roshi Goyoku

Need some Coyote right about now?  Yeah, thought so. Okay, here you go.  Get enlightened.  Essential Nature A student asked, “Can Essential Nature be destroyed?” Coyote said, “Yes, it can.” The student asked, “How can Essential Nature be destroyed?” Coyote said, “With an eraser.” The Jewel-Net of Indra A student asked, “What is the Jewel-Net [...]

By |June 1st, 2020|Poem of the Month|

May 2020 ~ Stone

To the simple, humble stone:  All praises! Stone Go inside a stone That would be my way. Let somebody else become a dove Or gnash with a tiger's tooth. I am happy to be a stone. From the outside the stone is a riddle: No one knows how to answer it. Yet within, it must [...]

By |April 30th, 2020|Poem of the Month|

April 2020 ~ The Peace Of Wild Things

I heard this long ago:  Mind your mind and steady yourself, for there is a stillness within you that has never been disturbed. May these words find a landing place within all of us now.  Amen. The Peace of Wild Things When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night [...]

By |April 1st, 2020|Poem of the Month|

March 2020 ~ Snowdrop

A welcome return from Earth's long, faithful holding..... Snowdrop Do you know what I was, how I lived? You know what despair is; then winter should have meaning for you. I did not expect to survive, earth suppressing me. I didn’t expect to waken again, to feel in damp earth my body able to respond [...]

By |March 1st, 2020|Poem of the Month|

February 2020 ~ blessing the boats

I chose this spare yet complex poem by Lucille Clifton to honor Black History Month and to celebrate the love that may carry us "through this to that." blessing the boats (at St. Mary's) may the tide that is entering even now the lip of our understanding carry you out beyond the face of fear [...]

By |February 3rd, 2020|Poem of the Month|

January 2020 ~ One Heart

A deceptively simple poem; an amazing economy of words.  Li-Young Lee's poem (a favorite of mine)  expresses what’s hard to put my finger on.  May his words console and instruct.  Happy New Year! One Heart Look at the birds. Even flying is born out of nothing. The first sky is inside you, Friend, open at [...]

By |January 2nd, 2020|Poem of the Month|