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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|

October 2018 ~ Everything Is Plundered

              This great, much needed poem is a potent antidote to despair.  I'm also using it to celebrate 12 years for Poem of the Month.  According to Kaveh Akbar: "...bewilderment is at the core of every great poem, and in order to be bewildered, you have to be able to wonder." Is this, then, why [...]

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

September 2018 ~ On the Long, Lonely Search for the Rare Calypso Lily

          These words in a letter by John Muir entranced me.  Immediately, I saw in them as a poem.  I share this because it's a beautiful teaching in the art of contemplation.  His exquisite attention to detail and the joy he describes in the encounter offer guidance.       On the [...]

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

August 2018 ~ St. Francis and the Sow

            May this poem wrap you in a cloak of compassionate warmth. May it help you recollect the loveliness of all life.  Especially in these times.  Amen.  The bud stands for all things, even for those things that don’t flower, for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing; though sometimes it [...]

By |August 24th, 2018|Poem of the Month|

July 2018 ~ Singularity (after Stephen Hawking)

A stunning tribute to Stephen Hawking (1942 - 2014), who understood the universe itself is poetry.  Howe's heart-felt poem is full of ache and wonder and celebration of our shared reality. Do you sometimes want to wake up to the singularity we once were? so compact nobody needed a bed, or food or money — [...]

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

June 2018 – I could not lie anymore (and the remix)

The wee Luckster has actually always known his true nature, while I, on the other hand, have needed help.  Read on. I could not lie anymore so I started to call my dog “God.” First he looked confused, then he started smiling, then he even danced. I kept at it: now he doesn’t even bite. [...]

By |June 2nd, 2018|Poem of the Month|

May 2018 ~ Untitled [This is what was bequeathed us]

A blessing:  May we be released from the cog of repetition, busyness, and familiarity.  May we sing ourselves and one another awake.  Now. This is what was bequeathed us: This earth the beloved left And, leaving, Left to us.   No other world But this one: Willows and the river And the factory With its [...]

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

April 2018 ~ School Prayer

This “child’s prayer,” an invocation for attentive presence, is an invitation to bow and sow seeds of empathy and wonder, whatever one’s age. In the name of the daybreak and the eyelids of morning and the wayfaring moon and the night when it departs, I swear I will not dishonor my soul with hatred, but [...]

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

March 2018 ~ A Laying on of Hands (excerpt)

I marvel over the transformation that unfolds in the space of this poem. To fully appreciate the musicality of the poem, read it out loud. i sat up one nite walkin a boardin house screamin/cryin/the ghost of another woman who waz missin what i waz missin i wanted to jump up outta my bones & [...]

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