Archive for the 'Poetry' Category

Extemporaneous Singing

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

I overheard Claire singing a made-up tune while she was looking at the Olivia book while on the potty. I took notes. Sometimes it even rhymes! The stanza breaks are mine based on when I heard her pause. My Sunshine Girl is not only a scientist, but also a lyricist and composer! I can hardly […]

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More On Transformation

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky […]

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Lovely Blessing

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Blessing the boats (at St. Mary’s) may the tide that is entering even now the lip of our understanding carry you out beyond the face of fear may you kiss the wind then turn from it certain that it will love your back may you open your eyes to water water waving forever and may […]

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Poetry and Zen

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

I have posted this quote before, but it’s useful to have a reminder: On Writing Poetry Considering the ways in which so many of us waste our time, what would be wrong with a world in which everybody were writing poems? After all, there’s a significant service to humanity in spending time doing no harm. […]

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Creeping Toward Commitment

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

For much of my life I’ve wandered on a spiritual journey without knowing quite where to go. One of the paths I began to explore in the late 1990s was meditation. I took a Vipassana meditation class, read books, and occasionally pretended to be serious about it. In 2003 I began this blog in part […]

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Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. – William Makepeace Thackeray And the card I sent to my mother: Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn, Hundreds of bees in the purple clover, Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn, But only one mother the wide world over. – […]

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A Christmas Wish

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

From Recuerda Mi Corazon, read The Perfect Scent of Pine — a lovely, heartfelt, poetic tribute to Christmas. I hope that when Claire is grown, I will be able to grace paper with words in a similar way. Let there be light and joy in your heart; may you hear music that sends your soul […]

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New Version

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

If you were raised in the Christian tradition, read this prayer below and see if it rings true for you, and if it seems familiar. Radiant One, You shine within us, outside us — even darkness shines when we remember. Focus your light within us — make it useful! Create your reign of unity now! […]

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Give Way

Friday, August 13th, 2010

This is perfect. Being Human I wonder if the sun debates dawn some mornings not wanting to rise out of bed from under the down-feather horizon If the sky grows tired of being everywhere at once adapting to the mood swings of the weather If the clouds drift off trying to hold themselves together make […]

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Something About the Wind

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Something about the wind makes me feel alive…the seagulls and the sky…whether its sunny and bright or cloudy and grey or nighttime and I’m surrounded by vast darkness…I just feel…FULL. Full of love and energy….almost as though I’m porous and the wind soars through tiny holes in my body and I’m part of it all…the […]

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Toe-Tapping Music

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

On this rainy Saturday, with a feverish, coughing child, I stumbled across this peppy little video. For more of Kristin Andreassen’s music, lookie here! I learned about Kristen from a blog that’s new to me — One Person. Everyday — which, of course, I found via Patti Digh, of the blog called 37 Days. If […]

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Moment By Moment

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

This video by RadioLab moved me deeply. If you have four minutes to spare, do watch it. And if the video doesn’t work, click this link to see it.

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Do It Again, Mommy!

Monday, July 6th, 2009

A child kicks its legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, Do it again; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not […]

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Why Not?

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Creativity is at the core of my life. At least, this is how I’ve felt for several years. So I’m diving in and will participate in Leah’s 2009 challenge, Creative Every Day 2009. I’m not sure exactly what will come of it, but the goal is to gently inspire my creativity and to see it […]

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Escape

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things. –T.S. Eliot

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