Each one of us who sits in stillness makes an offering to the new Earth bank; small pools that gather contributing to a growing lake. The value of this cannot be overestimated it is our great gift. With dignity; alone; our troubles and joys, moods and states, we sit, our bodies, breath, our intent, provide […]

Birthday unfolding

I locked myself out, Mind would make a meal of it If I let it, The rights and the wrongs Should and should not have’s, Stormy torrent, pressing In and down I didn’t, But rode wide wings Into another possibility More direct and present led, Slipped away from the plan – To follow the star […]

The stillness of trees

The stillness of trees Draws me back time and again When mind has taken me On a run, and I have become lost. Their easy branches soaring, Breathless still Or surging leaves, Trunks that hold The deepest quiet, Strong steady core That speaks to the Deep quiet within me, So that I can find again […]

Space cluttered, time pressed

Space cluttered, time pressed Space cluttered, time pressed We push against the grain of knowing That remains. Our discomfort; The distant gnawing ache Vague and returning Jostles, reminding Like grit between the teeth, That will not let us rest Till we attend it Till we look, feel, find, and In time dissolve The obstruction. Who […]

Great Spirit

Great Spirit Beyond my window Song of leaves Washed by the wind, Reaches me In spite of distance, Grey dove coos a Clear note From a nearby sill, I am praying and it is clear That we are all one, From beyond this window I receive those leaves Swishing, tinkering Enchantment, and then those cast […]

Iron sure

Iron sure Not grasping, not running, Opening, endless opening An expansive, not exclusive Awareness, where everything Has a place; the ache in my neck Seagulls screeching beyond My window, these words that Fall from the great sky That I lay to rest, to Take up later and so Allow the stillness to descend And deepen, […]

Effective Communication

Effective communication In stillness, Breathing truth and silent In speaking; only the meaningful, Worthy of words. In responding; from listening and Hearing the other. In giving space; receiving. Attitude and intention lead the way, Compassionate; Our caring reverberates, Gentle waves ripple, Vibrations that carry a force To move mountains and Men, hardened by years, And […]

August autumn

August autumn This middle August autumn Carries so many autumns past, So that all lie around me Gathered as one fullness, One brimming overflowing Lush as spring’s new green. Gathering to a brink Like starlings flocking in Hundreds, for the great flight. More vast in the dying down, Drawing in, Towards the Full surrender that […]

One evening

One evening….. I read some words From students I share my work with, Wrote some comments, I sang some holy words, Tapped a poem on my keyboard And sent it on to friends, In all this Communion

Absent friends

Absent friends? There are threads that unite everything; An invisible flow, Delivers us to each other; Our thoughts, Feelings; The essence of these Streaming, Through oceanic air, No bounds Touches those on earth and beyond. Opening more and more to this life We begin to see, to feel, The boundless, the miracle. Alert and present; […]