Tuesday, January 31, 2023

On faith


To me, there are moments 
When faith is like this boardwalk:
 A clear path that was built for us 
Through what feels chaotic and confusing; 
An implied focal point that allows us 
To keep moving and growing in times of stress. 
Even when there’s no discernible end in sight, 
Faith invites and allows us to trust 
In positive, hopeful outcomes.

Monday, January 30, 2023

A rooster question


Alerted by our cats, 
Who were crouched at the window, hissing, 
We discovered a rooster in our yard yesterday. 
Both our neighbors raise chickens, 
So we assumed he was an escapee, 
 But no; both neighbors said,
 “We don’t keep roosters anymore.
 Perhaps,” they suggested, 
“Someone just dropped him off? 
People leave stuff at the road end all the time.” 
When I looked again after those phone calls, 
He was nowhere to be seen, 
But it did leave me wondering: 
What kind of world is it, 
That we don’t need roosters anymore?

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Balancing drama


Drama is a bit like spice:
It creates a certain focal point,
But it doesn’t take a lot to liven things up.
Unfortunately for some, it’s all too easy
To become addicted,
To the point where, if we can’t find it,
We create it — like sneaking sweets,
When what we really need
Is some more productive activity 
To appease that restless, hungry spirit
While still maintaining a healthy balance
In our lives.

Saturday, January 28, 2023

There may still be a way


When you think you’ve finally reached 
The end of the road, 
 Don’t get distracted by reflections 
 On the journey that you’ve taken, 
But keep looking: 
There may still be a way to get through; 
A path that will reveal itself to the discerning eye 
And gently guide the way to a new direction.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Below the tangles


I remember a time when I feared 
That if I were to meditate, 
To truly sink into that space 
Deep inside myself, 
This is all I would find: a hairy, tangled mess, 
Filled with sharp edges and black holes 
To get torn by and get lost in. 
With time and practice I learned to find 
The deeper ground beneath, 
That point vierge where we’re all linked 
To spirit, and to each other, in love.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

What we’re missing


It’s all too easy to lose sight of the mystery 
That’s a part of everything: 
We interact with the roads we travel every day — 
Like the people we see every day — 
Without really noticing them. 
Lost in the dailiness, 
 Intent on where we’re heading, 
We rush by, taking for granted 
All the gifts they have to offer; 
No longer observing 
 The special moments when they shine, 
And in forgetting their uniqueness, 
We lose sight of our own as well. 
At some point in your day, 
Make time to stop, or at least slow down, 
And try to be fully present 
 To the magic in the moment: 
You might be surprised to see 
What you’ve been missing.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Reflections


So much of what we see 
Is colored by what we long to see; 
Its clarity marred by reflections of what’s past. 
It’s no wonder that two witnesses 
Will never quite agree on what’s true. 
That said — the way you see the world 
Is truly unique; a vision that, when shared, 
Might help complete another’s picture.