Wednesday, October 31, 2018

We'll have to trust

We’ll have to trust:
However thick the fog may prove,
There will always be lights to guide us
Safely into harbor.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Choose not the darkness

Given the right environment,
Anything can flourish, even hatred.
But we can choose not to let
darkness grow in the cracks of our souls.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Toward a greater whole

Does the tree condemn the flower
For her height, or for her color?
Let all of nature teach us truth: that you and I
Together with our differences make a greater whole.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

A longing for safety

My prayer today’s a longing
For an end to senseless violence;
For places where we gather to worship
To be safe no matter what our faith may be.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

You'll just have to trust

Some days you’ll just have to trust
That wherever you find yourself,
However strange the circumstances,
There will still be a path.

Friday, October 26, 2018

That Restless Feeling

That restless feeling,
when you’re itching to get out and paddle
But have no clue where you’re supposed to go...

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The road ahead

The road ahead grows narrower still,
And standing here, I brace myself and wonder:
Will I have the courage to walk those final steps,
Not knowing what awaits me at the end?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


In mystery we find
Both solace and inspiration.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Present Beauty

Stay focused on the beauty
Of this present moment;
Let the mountains of your past and future
Fade into the mist.

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


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 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


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.