Sunday, March 31, 2013

Daffodil


Like clockwork
they come back
year after year.
Thousands of them.

We go out to look
at them and walk
among them and
take in their smell.

It must be
the season of renewal.
Like shaking off
a long winter's night.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Ephemera


Everything passes away in its turn.
What lasts was never born.

Does this wisp of life matter more
because it's just a whisper?

Or does it matter less
because it will soon be gone?

Why isn't it enough just to be
here now?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Seeing Meanness


To see meanness
where there is meanness
is to see meanness.

To see fear and lack
where there is meanness
is to see a deep pain.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Marriage


If your God
stands against
two hearts in love,
either your God
is too small
or your vision
of your God
is too small.

A God who
stands against
those in love
cannot be called
a God of love.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wherever You Are


Where one day is fading to black,
another day is just beginning.
The consequences of location.

Help those you can wherever you are.
Trust dawn to come to those you can't.

Monday, March 25, 2013

All We Have


Nature mimics nature.
Imitation creates patterns.
Patterns lead to assumptions.
Assumptions birth expectations.
Expectations project a future.
The future is created now.
Now is all we have.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Ping Pong


Soft or hard.
Which is
more difficult?

Far or near.
Which is
closer to home?

Light or dark.
Which has
more to teach?

Fast or slow.
Which reaches
deeper wisdom?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Enlightenment


What do I know
about enlightenment?

Do I know enough
to tell a tree it can
never be enlightened?

What if we humans
are the last ones to get it?

What if the ten thousand things
have been waiting patiently
all of these years for us
laggards to finally wake up?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Art Teachers


Lichen and birds 
taught us what painters do.

Rivers and boulders
taught us what sculptors do.

Winds and forests
taught us what composers do.

Thunder and silence
taught us what poets do.

The natural world
taught us what artists do.

We didn't come by
these things on our own.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Another Path to Wisdom


The first things we see
when we look for wisdom
are the things we expect to see.

What we expect to see
comes from what we've seen.

But there was a time
when we hadn't seen before,
when we were new.

To have such a mind
when we're old offers
its own path to wisdom.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What We See


Beauty in chaos.
Mystery in order.

Regardless of
what we see,
what we see is there.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Blight


When the wealthy
rake in more and more
while others go hungry,
everyone grows poorer.

When the powerful
waste time bickering
while children are homeless,
everyone grows sicker.

When the clergy
sit by and say nothing
while violence blooms,
everyone draws closer to death.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

God's Ears


You are the wind,
and you are the chimes.

God's are the ears
listening to you ring.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Tree Lessons


When branches die
before the tree dies,
careful pruning
is the answer.

When roots die
before the tree dies,
working the soil
is required.

Release what is
no longer needed.
Loosen what binds.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Built Up


Nation is built
upon nation,
tribe upon tribe,
clan upon clan,
house upon house.

What was new
passes away
as if it never was.

And now,
we are here.

Whose ground
will we become?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Island


My life is
a new land
every morning.

An island, lush,
fragrant, seductive.

But how much more
there is beneath the waves.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Only Way Through


The sky will cloud over again.
Darker nights will return.
Mists will hide the mountain.

To keep going anyway
is the only way through.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

When the Namers Are Gone


How long will it take
for every trace of us
to disappear?

What happens to the sky
when we go?
Does it vanish, as well?

What about the oceans,
the mountains, the wild places?
Do they need us to exist?

We bring them into being
when we give them names.
What happens when the namers are gone?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Where I Am Going


A journey
that requires
no steps.

A path
that heads
in no direction.

I stand
at the beginning
and the end
of where I am going.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Scouts


Why does it
seem strange
that flowers
would be the first
to notice spring?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

After


Wisdom does not drive us
away from what might hurt us.

Its voice is not the soft one
whispering, "Do not sin."

Wisdom is the healer
that comes along after.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

What Is Deep


Love what is deep,
not what is shallow.

This is how to love
those I cannot stand.

Monday, March 4, 2013

What Would Become?


What would become of laws
if good behavior was the norm?

What would become of morality
if all worked for the common good?

What would become of religion
if salvation was already in hand?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Same Mother


Straight creates curve.
Curve creates straight.

Neither came first.
They were born twins
from the same Mother.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Connections


Every structure
has connection points.

Strong connections
make strong structures.

Weak connections
make strong structures, too.

If there are enough of them.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Procrastinator


Ridges catch the wind
and twist it around.

Prairies let it wash across
like an uninterrupted sea.

Either way, the wind still blows.
It never finishes its work.