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


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 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.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Getting to the heart of forgiveness

Try to look beyond the swirl
Of emotional responses
To the bright and vulnerable heart
That lies beneath — and then forgive.