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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|

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|