To sit in silence is one of the most beautiful and profound experiences. If you still yourself long enough to dip below the noise of the world, to listen beyond or between your own chatter, you can sit at the edge of silence, which is the backdrop of creation. I wrote Cathedral of Silence in one piece after after meditation with a friend. The poem offers a time to reflect: What is your prayer of the heart? What is your prayer for the world?Read More
Wording The World
I am an optimist and, despite the massive evidence to the contrary (the deadly wars, the daily violence, and the climate of madness we have created with each other and the world), I still believe love will eventually conquer all. It’s not really a Christmas poem, but it seems fitting right now, given all that is going on in the world. Are you an optimist?What do you think is needed for us to survive as a species on this planet?Read More
Despite years of personal work and all the effort I put into changing limiting beliefs, I still find myself overlooking the most obvious ones. I rarely get angry about big things, but I rile against little inconveniences and petty things. I accept big things as out of my control, as examples of the greater forces in life at work. But I attach a big "should' to little things: the computer should work perfectly, the ink should flow smoothly. This poem asks: How can I be the hero of my own story if I shy away from the demon of my everyday life?Read More
One of the great themes of life is the relationship between personal agency (choice and volition) and the greater forces that move us where they will (the “hand of providence”). When choice and chance align, it is truly as if we are blessed by the stars. How do you balance choice and chance in your life? How do you relate to the greater forces of life?Read More
At times, many people, myself included, face this irony of working hard to relax. Our bodies become accustomed to tension and we hold tightened muscles unconsciously. The unnatural tension becomes natural. Consequently, we must work at relaxing and struggle against what has become normal in our bodies. Where do you carry your tension? What do you do to manage it?Read More
This sign at the entryway to the Kalamazoo Nature Center is the closest thing I had to a picture of a map with a pointing arrow that reads “you are here.” But actually I think this fits the bill even better!
One of the greatest balancing acts in our modern world, is to find the sweet spot between the rush to the future and enjoyment the present. Fall is a great reminder to do so. As the weather cools, the days shorten, and winter starts to bare its teeth, we need to ready ourselves for the storms while enjoying the last of the harvest season.
You Are Here was previously published in my 7th book of poetry, Bearing Witness, available at amazon or for digital format, click here: Bearing Witness.
We are always at that point
on the map of our lives
that says, “You Are Here.”
And we always start
from here and now.
No matter how rugged
or smooth the terrain,
how twisted or straight the path,
how difficult or easy the steps,
we are always right we are,
always at the tip of the arrow.
We live like royalty
while we clothe
our hearts and minds in rags.
Toss them aside.
Don a dream coat,
stitched from the colors
of your life —
the sunshine yellows of happy days
and deep blues of sad ones,
the garden greens of growth
and the burnt browns of loss,
the metallic grey of loneliness
and the bright red blossoms of love —
and wear the wonder of this life,
taking the next step knowing
you will land again in another now,
complete in itself, with more than enough
for all your desire.
What are you doing to harvest your time and your life?
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