Archive for the 'Poetry' Category

Brief Notes

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

I just returned from my first sesshin at Hazy Moon Zen Center. It was fruitful. I’m tired and glad to be home. All that I experienced is settling, so I hesitate to write extensively about it. Here are some brief reflections. The first one is from my drive down, when I stopped at San Luis […]

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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, thereā€™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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