Sunday, October 21, 2018

Laughing like sunflowers


Laughing like sunflowers,
We lift our hearts to the light
And drink in the last golden rays of summer.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Final flamenco


The dahlia’s practical pointed petals,
touched by death’s demented fairies,
curl and turn to lace 
as she performs her final flamenco 
and fades to dust.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Spellbound


We watch in autumn, spellbound,
as the trees reach out with desperate fingers
for one last taste of light before they fall.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The sun will rise


However dark things may appear,
Always remember: the sun will rise again.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Be gentle with yourself


Fragile, delicate, ephemeral—
You are a precious flower:
Be gentle with yourself today.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The path to peace


Come, leave the busy cafe of thoughts behind
And stroll along the quiet path to peace.
Let your eyes and heart be fed by the scent
Of green and the song of silence.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Ready to serve


Look past the worn, the scarred, the torn,
The rusted and the mended
To the heart of service, the willingness,
The quiet competence and patience
As she awaits the chance to serve again.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Defusing anger


What will we do today to defuse this anger
That hangs so heavily, like a wound
Upon our hearts; that endangers all
And seeks not hope, but only to destroy...

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Breathe in the cool


Take a deep breath.
And now, take another.
Breathe in the cool, the calm, the peace,
And carry it out into your day.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Listening for wisdom


Beneath the blazing dogwood,
Amid the whispering ferns,
My Buddha listens quietly
For the wisdom of the earth.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Creativity


Creativity takes many forms.
Where will yours lead you today?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

To know we'll bloom again


It takes more courage than I have today
To trust that everything will be okay;
That all our efforts can’t have been in vain;
To bloom and die and know we’ll bloom again.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Lost and found


Only when we’ve admitted we’re lost
Will we finally be found
By where, and what, and why
We’re meant to be.

Monday, October 8, 2018

I will still be here


The crows call insults from their lofty perch,
But the falling leaves and darkening sky
Mean they will soon be gone.
I, on the other hand, will still be here
To endure the winter they have left behind.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Out of the woulds


The path that once seemed clear and full of possibility
Has now been lost amid a host of shadowy probabilities.
How will hope find her way out of these woulds?

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Reflections


Staring at my own reflection,
waiting for the world to change...

Friday, October 5, 2018

The chill sets in


We watch the trees put on their caps of gold,
Then shiver as the mountains reach
For their caps of winter white.
All hope of summer gone, the chill sets in.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Don't shut down


While everything within me wants
To shut out the world, close down, turn in,
The roses in my garden
Are still offering their fragile petals,
Turning trusting faces to the sun.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Hard to watch


It’s hard for us to watch each fall
As the fabric of this precious life
Is broken, torn, and shattered.
Harder still, these days, to trust
That spring and innocence might ever return.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

How will you bloom?


The flower’s job is simply to bloom,
And in so doing she blesses all around her.
How will you bloom today?

Monday, October 1, 2018

Wash away the tension


Standing at the waterfall
I feel the tension wash away
And in its place a clarity,
An open receptivity emerges:
Refreshment for the week and work to come.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Somewhere the truth is hiding


Somewhere, beneath the tangled mass
Of deception, the truth is hiding.
What will it take for her to reveal herself?
Someone who will listen with an open heart.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Pileated possibilities


Don’t think of it as banging your head against a wall;
think of it as building a better life for our children...

Friday, September 28, 2018

Stay grounded


Tread lightly; stay grounded;
Keep placing one foot before the other;
Stay on the path and trust:
However dark it seems, however scarred,
We will continue to press forward into light.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Bitter Reflections


Current events are sparking painful memories;
Bitter reflections. Anger flames.
I spend my precious meditation time
Visualizing rainbows. It doesn’t help.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

An appreciative eye



There’s beauty everywhere if only you’re willing
To look with appreciative eyes...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

What we choose to reflect


When we choose to become reflections
Of the beauty that surrounds us,
Nothing — not even the wind —
Will break this glass — at least, not for long.
Return to stillness, and the peace and joy
And beauty return as well.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Mindfulness


Like the flowers, alert and watchful,
we are attuned to every nuance on the wind;
Preparing for the future while still
Blessing the world with graceful presence.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The old ones dream...


Remembering the freedoms of the past
And dreaming of escape ...

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Learning to appreciate


Forget about seeking perfection:
There will always be some fly in the ointment;
Something unexpected that you cannot control.
Learning to be flexible; learning to appreciate
Life’s little surprises will prove to be
A far more useful habit...

Friday, September 21, 2018

Don't blame yourself


Some things will thrive where they’re planted
And some things will not.
We don’t blame the tree for her failure;
Or assume it’s a toxic environment.
Some things just weren’t meant to be —
We may never know why.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Imagine...


Imagine a world where we could all agree
On what was true, and what was simply
A reflection of our own selfish desires...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The gift of loneliness


Think of your loneliness as an opportunity
To tenderly cradle and gently reassure
the anxious and vulnerable
Elements of your own soul.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Taking the long view


While we rejoice in the calm of the present
And the beauty of the late summer garden,
Keep us mindful of the storms in the distance
And the clouds that haunt the horizon.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Journey into Wonder


When we open ourselves to the creative process,
Allow it to flow through us and onto
the canvas or page, screen or stage,
We embark on a journey into wonder.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

You can become all flame


My garden and I
Are both moving into autumn.
Together we are turning into flame...

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Coming storms


Watching the news we fear for all
in the path of the coming storms...

Friday, September 14, 2018

Welcome the rain


Be like the plants, and welcome
Not just the golden caress of sun
But the darkness and the rain as well:
Each brings us gifts to feed and grow the soul.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Let's all stick together


If we all stick together,
we might find it easier
to ride out the storms...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Be mindful of the world beyond your own


Be mindful today of those who shaped
the bricks that line your path;
who picked your cotton, grew your food,
and wove the colors in your rugs,
for they, too, have families, and dreams.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Relentless troubadour


Each item we acquire may mean
something someone else can never own.
How can we ignore the relentless troubadour of acquisition
and maintain a healthy balance 
between haves and the have nots?

Monday, September 10, 2018

Longing for a simpler life


Some days the longing grows acute
for the long-lost pleasures
of a simpler life...

Sunday, September 9, 2018

The dahlia's gratitude


My dahlia folds her petals
In a prayer of gratitude
For the long-awaited rain.
What are you grateful for today?

Saturday, September 8, 2018

From irritation; sweetness


The humble, thorny, blackberry,
Annually reminding us
That even the most irritating and invasive
Can still bear fruit and bring
Astounding sweetness to our lives...

Friday, September 7, 2018

Cultivating compassion


I know you see the anger, but can you listen
for the fear that lies beneath?
Such listening can give rise
To compassion.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Below the depths


We all of us have our murky depths —
You’re each much deeper than I’ll ever know.
Yet still, below those depths, there lies
The clarity and light that connects us all...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

I am the bowl of ocean


I am the bowl of ocean:
Fill me with your song, and let
The waves of harmony spill out
And irrigate the world.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

What would you do differently?


What would you do differently today
If you finally understood
That you are bright enough, beautiful enough,
Brave enough, and good enough?

Monday, September 3, 2018

What we choose to remember...


Could we, instead of remembering,
endeavor to forget 
what our differences might be,
and simply... just appreciate what is?

Sunday, September 2, 2018

A change in the weather



Somewhere not too far away
The sun is shining, and somewhere
Not too far from there it rains.
Whatever the weather where you are,
Keep trusting that at some point it will change.