Saturday, January 31, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

Close Enough to See


Walking
through fog
makes me realize
how much more
there must be
that I can't see.

It's like my
spiritual life.

I can only see
what I am close
enough to see.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Divine Encounters


The first time awes you.
The second time scares you.
The third time absorbs you.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Walls and Vines


Walls are constructed things.
Vines grow where they grow.

One is the work of intention.
One is the work of curiosity.

One is the work of division.
One is the work of opportunity.

Together they show the ways
the universe comes into being.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Already There


What looks like the Way
is not the true way.

What looks like the Path
is not the true path.

The true way doesn't
require a map or compass.

The true path doesn't
require a single step.

You are already there.


Monday, January 26, 2015

True Hell


The only true hell
is believing heaven
is somewhere else
and I have to die
to get there.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Too Much Hunger


Too much hunger
makes people desperate.

When people are desperate,
they become fearful.

When people are full of fear,
they become dangerous.

When people turn deadly,
they put everyone at risk.

If you want to feel safer,
start by relieving hunger.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Worried to Die


Waiting to die
is a disease
of the body.

Wanting to die
is a disease
of the mind.

Worried to die
is a disease
of the spirit.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Traitor


To attack somebody just for
holding a different opinion
makes me a traitor to my heritage.

To claim the security of my nation
requires the torture of my enemies
makes me a traitor to my humanity.

To buy leaders with dark money,
then shift taxes to the struggling
makes me a traitor to my honor.

To send the young and poor to war,
then turn my back when they return
makes me a traitor to my country.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

For Sustaining Us


One crop for one field.
Another crop for a different field.
Another crop for a third field.

This is the order of efficiency.

A forest of pines in one patch.
A clearing with ferns in another.
A thicket of briars in a third.

This is the order of wildness.

One is for sustaining us.
The other is also for sustaining us.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Knowing Me


Do trees weep at our ignorance?
Do forests wail at our arrogance?
Do skies cry out at our helplessness?

Knowing us,
what difference would it make?

I should try to listen more.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Less Needed There


Seeds of wisdom thrive
in the spiritual ground
of bleached landscapes,
tangled wildernesses,
and sinuous mountains.

But they struggle in rich soil.
They're less needed there.