Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Which Fears

It seems that
every century
adds three zeroes
to what it takes
to be wealthy.

to billionaires
to trillionaires.

The numbers
don't matter, though.
What matters are
the fears that drive
the accumulation.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In Service

We are all servants.

We may not always
see our servanthood,
but we are all servants.

Even masters are servants,
although it's harder for them
to recognize this.

The question isn't
whether we're servants,
but rather to whom or what
we give ourselves in service.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Neglected House

The greater the span
between rich and poor,
the thinner the floor
on which the wealthy play.

Like a neglected house,
collapse becomes inevitable.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Neighborhood

One does not
have to live
next door
to be counted
a neighbor.

Our neighborhood
is always larger
than we think.

Friday, October 17, 2014


make a city grow.

divide and conquer
until nothing is left.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Open Close

Open hands.
Open minds.
Open hearts.

Closed hands.
Closed minds.
Closed hearts.

when to open,
when to close
is the work
of wisdom.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Straight and Narrow

The straight and narrow
is not straight and narrow.

No journey runs straight.
No path to truth is narrow.

The long and winding way
we've already come proves this.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What We Don't Know

The deaths we do not understand
are the ones that scare us the most.

From contagions to random violence,
we're victims of our own ignorance.

Death isn't what terrifies us.
It's what we know we don't know.

Monday, October 13, 2014

No Power

Wealth and power
have no power
over those
who truly have
no wealth or power.

What is left
to take away?
Only the spirit,
and the spirit
is only borrowed
for a time anyway.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Limits of Wealth

Money can't stop
a compassionate hand.

Greed can't silence
a merciful heart.

Power can't kill
a forgiving spirit.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Eyes on the Road

Since I can't see
the end of the road
from where I am
on the road,
I'm better off
learning how
to trust that
I'll get through.

Keeping my eyes
on this moment
is how I find my way.