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August 2019 ~ The Way Of Love

In body, heart, mind - may the great unclenching commence. The Way of Love The way of love is not a subtle argument. The door there is devastation. Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom. How do they learn it? They fall, and falling, they're given wings. By Jalāl ad-Dīn Rumi (1207 – 1273) from The [...]

By |August 1st, 2019|Poem of the Month|

July 2019 ~ First Light

This poetic medicine will do you good.  It contains absolutely no harmful side effects. Take any time of day or night.  Use if you want to remember what matters. First Light In the first light I remember who rewards me for living, not bosses but singing birds and blue sky. I know I can bathe [...]

By |July 1st, 2019|Poem of the Month|

June 2019 ~ For Lucky, In Memoriam

For Lucky, In Memoriam August 2003 – May 19, 2019 When finally she surrendered all effort to fathom appearance and disappearance, to understand how one loves what cannot last – her heart rolled as a child at play in newly mown grass, rolled and rolled upon a sea of fragrant petals, sweet with the scent [...]

By |June 1st, 2019|Poem of the Month|

May 2019 ~ If You Knew

May we embrace this floating world and rise up in compassionate celebration of life. If You Knew What if you knew you’d be the last to touch someone? If you were taking tickets, for example, at the theater, tearing them, giving back the ragged stubs, you might take care to touch that palm, brush your [...]

By |May 1st, 2019|Poem of the Month|

April 2019 ~ All Will Come Again Into Its Strength

          I chose this poem by Rilke to celebrate National Poetry Month.  What a stunning evocation of incomprehensible faith, and a deep homage to our beloved Earth. All Will Come Again Into Its Strength All will come again into its strength: the fields undivided, the waters undammed, the trees towering and [...]

By |April 1st, 2019|Poem of the Month|

March 2019 ~ The Influence Coming Into Play: The Seven of Pentacles

        Carefully consider what you are devoted to.  If you persevere in what matters to you, this tarot card says, your efforts will be worth it.  The fruits of your labors will be realized. The Influence Coming Into Play: The Seven of Pentacles Under a sky the color of pea soup she is looking [...]

By |March 1st, 2019|Poem of the Month|

February 2019 – This Morning I Pray for My Enemies

          We humans, a struggling species, can use more prayers like this. The Heart can show the way, though, if we let it. This Morning I Pray for My Enemies And whom do I call my enemy? An enemy must be worthy of engagement. I turn in the direction of the [...]

By |February 1st, 2019|Poem of the Month|

January 2019 ~ Red Brocade

        There's no better way to enter this or any other year than with a poetics of hospitality. That, and the refusal to be claimed by anyone or anything that poisons your heart. The Arabs used to say, When a stranger appears at your door, feed him for three days before asking [...]

By |January 1st, 2019|Poem of the Month|

December 2018 – Poetry

        A poem full of clarity and wisdom  to bring 2018 to a close.  Keep on dancin', friends. And don’t take the title too literally or you’ll lose the poetry in "Poetry"!  Poetry Its door opens near. It’s a shrine by the road. It’s a flower in the parking lot of the [...]

By |December 4th, 2018|Poem of the Month|

November 2018 ~ The Law that Marries All Things

        Within true law, everything rises and falls together, inextricably interdependent. The outlaw's folly is to imagine this unified whole can be divided. 1. The cloud is free only to go with the wind. The rain is free only in falling. The water is free only in its gathering together, in its [...]

By |November 1st, 2018|Poem of the Month|