Saturday, March 31, 2018

Lifted to the light

Even as we wait in darkness
We lift our faces to the light.

Friday, March 30, 2018

The grace of the unexpected

The problem with all this planning, with our regimented lives,
is there's not much opportunity for the grace of the unexpected.
There's so much more to life
than what we see when we're not watching...

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Opening the map

It may be time to open your internal map again;
to broaden your imagined journey,
to reach beyond the safety of familiar paths,
beyond familiar folds, so creased and worn,
beyond the edge where you have always paused and turned away...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Invitation to silence

In the still of the morning,
an open invitation to silence...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Listen for the colors

Listen for the colors that float beneath the surface 
of the words you long to hear.
Within those tangled depths, will you find lies?
Or light that bubbles freely to the surface?

Monday, March 26, 2018

A momentary perfection

The cherry tree, who spends most of her year
bare, and only blossoms briefly in the spring,
reminds us to expect that perfection will be rare,
and when we're feeling barren, we're just storing up
the light we'll need for when we bloom again.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

The cycle of possibility

Lift up your eyes, and know
whatever rises will inevitably fall
and what has fallen will most certainly rise again.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Cultivate listening

Each element in creation has a story to tell,
if only we have the patience to listen.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Deepening reflections

I like the image I see of myself
reflected in your eyes, 
but wish I could see past that
to the soul that lies beneath...

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Your inner artist

What is your inner artist looking at today,
and how will it interpret what it sees?
Whatever you create will inevitably reflect
your own projections...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What lifts you?

What is calling you that you're not hearing?
What are the things you've always known,
and what have you learned that only pain could teach you?
Who are you, and what lifts you above the waves?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Rarely black and white

In nature things are rarely black and white:
it's we who choose to see them that way,
hoping to eliminate distracting contradictions
and clarify the path we're so determined to follow.

Monday, March 19, 2018

A prayer for Spring breezes

Come, warm breath of Spring, 
and bless our yards with flowers...

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The shape of our grief

What shape our lives will take after a loss
may well define us: whether we bend and slump
or lift it to the light and let our growth be fed 
by what we've learned and how we've loved...

Saturday, March 17, 2018

When bridges fail

What happens, when we can no longer trust our bridges --
or is it just we've forgotten how to build them,
how to reach across political divides, to span the distance
from me to you, from us to them, from isolation into hope?

Friday, March 16, 2018

Puzzling out the whole

Like puzzle pieces, loops and whorls,
it all fits together: sea and sand, rocks and clouds,
the mountains and the valleys all combine to remind us
that we are all a part of a single whole.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Welcoming the angles...

This one reminds me of a line from White Christmas:
"Everybody's got an angle."
Whatever our resistance to that thought,
the beauty's still that all those angles come together
to make a pleasing whole.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

This long dark hibernation

Oh, cruel spring, to taunt us with the pansy
and then blanket us with snow again,
reminding us this long dark hibernation's
integral to building strength for what we will become.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Pansy delight

The weather warms, the dark earth opens
to receive new plants, and pansies press 
their furry paws to cheeks in innocent delight
at the beauty of the bird songs that surround them.

Monday, March 12, 2018


We go through life thinking some folks have it backwards,
when really we're the ones who've got things upside down...

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The promise of the skies

When all else fails and things look dark,
I lift my eyes and draw new hope
from the promise of the skies.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

A matter of perspective

If you feel everything you need is in this space, 
then it is not a prison; it is home, which means 
to step outside might always seem a threat...
it's all a matter of perspective.

Friday, March 9, 2018

The imminence of Spring

Sheltered by the stone,
the fragile crocuses take courage 
and proclaim the imminence of Spring.

Thursday, March 8, 2018


Illumination comes in many forms,
not all of them as obvious as these.
But when it does arrive you'll come to realize
how very dark your world had grown without it.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Outdated attachments

"Mine," your chains proclaim,
"all mine, and you can't have it," 
and still I wonder why you cling
to something that no longer serves its purpose...

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Look with wonder

Just as the artist watches,
seeks to capture that which makes subjects unique,
look upon the world, not with a critical eye,
but with wonder, and with appreciation.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Failure to Communicate

I can fill the world with words and phrases
And still fail to communicate
How blessed I feel
To have been loved by you.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Bloom anyway

Even when the weather's dark and gray
The flowers somehow 
find their way to bloom...

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Hidden Treasures

When will we learn to see the holes, 
the wounded empty places in our souls 
as invitations to explore, not just
As scars to cover up?

Friday, March 2, 2018

Take a seat

Relax, take a seat;
Let me do the work,
Trust me, and I will plow the waves;
Together we will paddle to the stars.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Cloud dappled sky

After the storm a new day dawns,
Perhaps not in the way or place
That you anticipated, but still --
Another opportunity to find your way to love.