Monday, June 5, 2023

Potential for joy

From the garden comes this reassuring message: 
Whenever something’s dying, 
Something new is being born: 
Don’t let your grief obscure 
Your awareness of the future’s potential for joy.

Sunday, June 4, 2023

From acceptance to appreciation

Like the sunsets, infinitely varied 
Thanks to the weather, 
And the clouds on which the light comes to rest, 
We carry out the same tasks and motions 
Day to day and week to week, 
 Yet each remains unique, 
Offering its own challenges and blessings.
 In moving from acceptance to appreciation 
 We might discover joy.

Saturday, June 3, 2023

Reverence for life

The tenderness we feel for the young; 
The urge to protect their innocence 
 Seems universal. When and why 
Do we lose that reverence for life?

Friday, June 2, 2023

Not asked or imagined

Sometimes nature — without any help 
From those of us who dream of controlling it — 
Gives us gifts we could never have imagined. 
The response? Overwhelming gratitude!

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Right here, right now

I love this morning view 
From my bathroom window —
 It feels like I’m in Tuscany: 
Bringing back travel memories 
 Without ever having to leave home! 
Have I always been such a homebody? 
Or is this just a reaction 
To the isolation of the pandemic? 
Or is it simply that I’ve learned to love 
Where I am, right here; right now?

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

There will be watchers

There will always be watchers, 
Ready to assess the wisdom of your choices.
 It’s good to listen for other possibilities, 
But in the end the wisdom 
 Of the informed heart must prevail.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Peace in the forest

Our souls are fed by the leafy greenness 
Of the forest: such a blessing! 
Let your eyes and hearts feast on the scent 
Of cedars, ferns and moss, 
And may the susurrance of the water 
Bring you peace.