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Mystery


“This feast of beauty can intoxicate, just like the finest wine.” Continue reading

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Bewilderment That Invites the Possible


Every Wednesday, the middle of the week, “Hump Day,” the one which must be gotten over, Parker Palmer shares his wisdom over at On Being. The poem he selected, and this sentence in particular, caught my eye. Continue reading

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Midsummer Blessings


Today is the Summer Solstice, the stillpoint of summer, the longest day in the Wheel of the Year. A few years ago I wrote a stanza of this poem, and I have since “finished” it, by adding a stanza that was missing. Please enjoy this time to pause, but also celebrate abundance with abandon. Continue reading

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Metamorphosis and Sadness


I promise a more thorough accounting of my shoulder injury: what happened and what’s wrong. Suffice it to say that yesterday I received some very bad news, and that I appear to be in this for the long haul.…

There are two things that I would share right now, a selection from Thomas Merton’s The Way of Chuang Tzu (New York: New Directions, 1965), and an excerpt from Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet.” Continue reading

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Inner Wisdom


Still the inner knowledge is always there: how good the grass is and how soft. Continue reading

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Beannacht a Samhain!


On this Halloween, when the veil between the worlds is thin, and we reap the rich harvest of memory, I wish you blessings in the form of a poem I had written for a frie Continue reading

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Midsummer Haiku


It’s been a while since I’ve written or posted any poetry, much less the rigid form of haiku. But this one came to me in a satori flash, nearly fully written. Cherry stains the fingers Looks like I voted somewhere … Continue reading

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Honda Pavarotti


Honda Pavarotti by Tony Hoagland Continue reading

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Common as Mud


When I think of work, I always think of this poem by Marge Piercy, and its intimations of submerging ourselves in the tasks, of getting down in the mud, of grounding. This is not typically the vision we are given of a spiritual path, all sweetness and light. However, it is consistent with the Eastern view of the lotus flower, grounded in the muck, but emerging sweetly and purely above the surface of the water. Continue reading

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The Growing Dark


The moon was new at 3:42 am here, adding to the darkness of these days that shorten with the approach to the Solstice, just over a week away. A yoga friend posts bravely to Facebook, imagining the possibility of her … Continue reading

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