In Grief, Take As Long A Road As You Need

A poem in the wake of tragedy. Photo: Deborah McNamara (Boulder, Colorado; Site of the 3/22/21 mass shooting) In grief:Take as longa roadas you need,mingling withheartbreakingholy darknessgiving spaceto each chasmcalling for tending. When emerging,coming up for breathhold firm in keepinglightalive and well,find ways to live brightnessand lovein wakeof unimaginable heartlessness. Do not succumb to pressureto …

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Drink From a Deeper Well

A poem on following our internal boundaries, and considering what lies beyond. Photo: JPlenio, Pixabay What does it mean to drinkfrom a deeper well?Travel downwards in placewhile also reachingtoward each horizon.Listen with careful attentionto what callsbeyond the familiar,the parts knockingto travel beyond. When consideringrange of visionin oneself(and out)follow the boundaryjust to the edge.Come to know …

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Be In Love

A poem on traveling beyond the gate of intellect to the realm of heart. Image: JPlenio on Pixabay Love:Quiet, wordlessshowing us how to danceeven among shadowsletting words dissolve,like wisps of cloudat dusk’s perfect momentof disappearance into night. Love beckons usto know(full bodily)the infinite wonderbeyond the gate of intellect,calling us to travel fartherto the realm of …

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When Love Reaches Beyond Itself

A poem on setting the gift of love free. Image by Tegawi on Pixabay What do you do whenlove would have you crazyat the seamswanting to seep through every crackuntil there was nothing leftbut clear smooth stillness? When the reach from cavernsruns deeplike a gift so vastit cannot be wrappedbut instead only extends outwardslike night …

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When Life Bestows a Gift

A poem on being present to receive life’s gifts, as well as let them go. Photo: Inspired Images on Pixabay Sometimes life bestows a gift,emerging mysteriouslyfrom unknown origins.Some are brief,fleeting,unexpected —like wisps of songthrough crack of open window.Others:made for the long roadto carry for a lifetime. Whatever is true,be there to receivewhat is offered.Participate.Don’t ask …

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Dissolve Into Present Moment

A poem on being wide awake to witness life’s unfolding, now. Image: JPlenio on Pixabay Be a witnessto each unfoldingwonder of present momentnowandnow. Participate in bliss:being in bodyand sound mind,delighting in playof light and darkness —just present, hereunclutteredshiningbrightawareness(wide awake)into each instantand task. How?Practice.Over and over,practice.Pause.Breathe.Smile.Notice. Seat yourselfas the witnessperspectivelike eye of universefrom which to gaze.We …

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Sometimes, It Takes a Very Long Time

A poem on what lies at the center after peeling away the layers. Photo: Ralu Michael from Pixabay Sometimes, it takes a very long timeto peel the layers of an onion.For some, a lifetime.For others, years.And still for others, each momentis like living in the center:a sweet and pungent core to make the eyes tear. …

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Deep in the Belly You Will Find

A poem on the quiet places of origin and germination inside ourselves. Photo: Pixabay Deep in the belly,you will findorigins of pain and joyand the roots of all thingsdesiring germination. Something curls around itself therewrapped in immutable silence,stripped bare under stars,wishing to be one of those bright lights. Here, wind —or is it an ocean? …

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Eternity’s Slow Work

A poem on waking up to the force of love. Photo: Jplenio on Pixabay When everything is the Beloved,you will findsomething different:a shift subtle but tectonic.The entire daily conversationpresses you downwardmore deeplyinto realityof present momentby force of love. Be flattened by this feelingand see that even trees look different,leaves shimmering like jewels in sunlighta breeze …

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