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Like many of the Psalms of lament in the Bible, this poem combines disillusionment and hope. Rather than the psalm format, though, I have chosen to locate it in the pre-Jewish myths of Zoroastrianism.
Ahura Mazda kneels in the sand
Patiently building a castle.
Grain by grain it rises.
Towers of trust.
Gates of welcome.
Living spaces lit with laughter.
Banquet halls full of sharing.
that a single stomp
can reduce the castle to rubble.
Tags: Ahura Mazda, Ahriman, good, evil
I have never been able to meditate the way some others do. Either I fall asleep, or my mind races. So I wrote about it.
Silence is a pool, deep and green.
I sink into its welcoming womb.
I empty my mind
thinking of nothing
nothing at all
but nothing abhors a vacuum....
Tags: silence, words, meditate
It’s easy to say what I don’t believe in anymore – an all-knowing grandfather God who sits on a cloud somewhere up there, out there, distant but keeping an eye on everything, delivering rewards and punishments,, and upsetting things here on earth with what we call “acts of God.” But then people ask me, “So what kind of God do you believe in?” And I find prose can’t do it; poetry at least comes closer.
Faces talk around a table
knees warm around a campfire
voices sing in a circle
hands clasp in the darkness
and in between, among, around them
hovers a shining....
Tags: God, shining, presence
Two matched verses, connecting two natural events.
clings to the edge of an abyss
with its fingernails....
An old man
clings to the edge of an abyss....
Tags: death, waterfall, mortality
I’m not sure whether this is a poem, a meditation, or an experiment. And I almosthope you find it confusing. You see, we all know what pronouns are. The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines them as “a word used instead of a noun to designate a person or thing already known…” In theory, then, a pronoun is simply a stand-in. But a pronoun is also a word in its own right; the choice of pronoun has its own implications. It conveys singular or plural, gender, and even the closeness of the relationship. So how, I wondered, do the pronouns we use for God affect our perceptions of that, umm, whatever?
...Can one still be one when two are one?
Now I am We, and They are I
And He and She are You and Me—
And I don’t know who I is anymore.
Tags: God, pronouns
Water bombers roar low above the treetops.
Smoke billows black against the sky.
Flames flicker up trees.
Pack up --
just do it.
How many days’ underwear will I need?
Tags: Forest fires, evacuation orders
In this summer of 2018, as a heat wave covered North America from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts, my thoughts turned to those who do not have air-conditioning.
Heat is not an adjective.
It is a thing, a physical being, an octopus
that wraps its tentacles around my neck, my shoulders.....
Tags: heat, stifling
Dedicated to the notion that all life-changing experiences emerge from The Great Silence.
A tentative note sings in a silence.
It evokes a second note, in harmony with the first.
Their chord invites more notes --
a rush, a torrent, that dances like raindrops,
a bouquet, a cascade,
Tags: music, silence, harmony, word, thought
I slide into the water,
like slipping into a silk robe.
I have left my concerns with my clothes.
In the water, I have no weight, no body, no burden.
Soft velvet caresses me everywhere;
I have no private parts.
Tags: skinny dipping, naked, free
Dedicated to those who find they must make difficult choices, that may mean letting go of something that used to be precious.
Tags: roads, paths, paved with good intentions, wildflowers, butterflies, waterfalls.