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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|

December 2015 ~ Keeping Still

Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still. For once on the face of the earth let's not speak in any language, let's stop for one second, and not move our arms so much. It would be an exotic moment without rush, without engines, we would all be together in a [...]

By |December 1st, 2015|Poem of the Month|

May 2015 ~ Sand Dabs, Five

What men build, in the name of security, is built of straw. * Does the grain of sand know it is a grain of sand? * My dog Ben -- a mouth like a tabernacle. * You can have the other words-chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I'll take grace. I don't know what it is exactly, [...]

By |May 1st, 2015|Poem of the Month|

April 2015 ~ Blizzard

It takes courage to see beauty in a world spread deep and silent with interminable whiteness; and to keep on being awed by such uncommon splendor while trying to suppress a fundamental fear of being buried by it. But know it as it is: Beauty is everlasting. And winter's burial is not. Underneath cold winter [...]

By |April 1st, 2015|Poem of the Month|

December 2014 ~ To Build A Swing

You carry All the ingredients To turn your life into a nightmare- Don’t mix them! You have all the genius To build a swing in your backyard For God. That sounds Like a hell of a lot more fun. Let’s start laughing, drawing blueprints, Gathering our talented friends. I will help you With my divine [...]

By |December 1st, 2014|Poem of the Month|

November 2014 ~ the laughing heart

your life is your life don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission. be on the watch. there are ways out. there is a light somewhere. it may not be much light but it beats the darkness. be on the watch. the gods will offer you chances. know them. take them. you can’t beat death [...]

By |November 1st, 2014|Poem of the Month|

October 2014 ~ Miracles

Happy Eight Anniversary, Poem of the Month! Why? who makes much of a miracle? As to me, I know of nothing else but miracles, Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan, Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky, Or wade with naked feet along the beach, just in the edge [...]

By |October 1st, 2014|Poem of the Month|

September 2012 ~ Antilamentation

Regret nothing. Not the cruel novels you read to the end just to find out who killed the cook, not the insipid movies that made you cry in the dark, in spite of your intelligence, your sophistication, not the lover you left quivering in a hotel parking lot, the one you beat to the punchline, [...]

By |September 1st, 2012|Poem of the Month|

April 2012 ~ I Have Learned So Much

I Have Learned So much from God That I can no longer Call Myself A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew. The Truth has shared so much of Itself With me That I can no longer call myself A man, a woman, an angel, Or even a pure Soul. Love has Befriended [...]

By |April 1st, 2012|Poem of the Month|