A Poem by Thich Nhat Hanh…

Please Call Me by My True NamesDon’t say that I will depart tomorrow–even today I am still arriving. Look deeply: every second I am arriving to be a bud on a Spring branch, to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings, learning to sing in my new nest, to be a caterpillar in the heartContinue reading “A Poem by Thich Nhat Hanh…”

A poem about something…

Open-Closed; Inside-Outside I yelled at someone recently. Yes. It is true, as odd as it may seem. I used my outside voice. Inside. Told him to shut the fuck up. Seriously. Which closed the door to my heart. To compassion. This hurt him, no doubt. But also me. And others as well. Viewing life withContinue reading “A poem about something…”

A poem and a picture…

Awaken Sometimes, when I think everything is going along as planned, it’s not. Sometimes, when I feel I’m becoming more self-aware, I’m not. It’s self-righteousness. Sometimes, I forget to feel. To really feel. To look around. To look at what’s right in front of me. Sometimes, when things are going smoothly there is roughness ahead.Continue reading “A poem and a picture…”

A poem about eating popcorn…

Eating Popcorn in the East Village Drinking beer in a small East Village bar I met an attorney From Australia An Australian esquire Emma That was her name She seemed sad and arrogant at the same time They are one-in-the-same, I suppose Then I left After too much beer I needed to pee Then IContinue reading “A poem about eating popcorn…”

Five Quotes from Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892 “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”“Be curious, not judgmental.” “Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.”“Peace is always beautiful.” “In the faces of men and women, I see God.” Okay, a few more… “These are the days that mustContinue reading “Five Quotes from Walt Whitman”

Five Quotes from Rumi

Photo found here. “You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”  “What you seek is seeking you.”  “Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”  “Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”  “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames” Continue reading “Five Quotes from Rumi”

Five Quotes from Mary Oliver

Photo credit: Josh Reynolds I have to admit that I was not familiar with the poems of Mary Oliver before this morning. I am currently reading the book, Falling-Upward: Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, by Richard Rohr, when I came across this quote that he had sited: Tell me, what is it youContinue reading “Five Quotes from Mary Oliver”

Five Quotes from Thomas Merton

Monk, activist, writer, poet, and artist, Fr. Merton was a true renaissance man. He was friends with Thich Nhat Hanh, and the Dalai Lama, and a contemporary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Before his untimely death he penned a huge number of books pertaining to spirituality, poems, artwork, and an incredible and moving autobiography. HisContinue reading “Five Quotes from Thomas Merton”