Thursday, March 31, 2022

Commit to attend and maintain

Relationships, organizations, 
 And communities, like buildings, 
 Require a commitment, 
To attention and to maintenance. 
Left to their own devices, they decay, 
And our efforts to restore 
Damage caused by neglect 
 May prove more costly than a decision 
To simply destroy or discard and rebuild…

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Inspired by the past

The efforts of past artists, 
However dated or degraded 
By time, storms, or neglect, 
Continue to inspire us: how marvelous 
That someone took the time to express 
Their talent, and their appreciation 
For the blessings of this life…

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The road before us

Seen through a rainswept windshield, 
There appears an invitation. 
Just what is it you’ll focus on? 
That brief upcoming stop, 
Or the long and winding path 
That is your future? 
How can we be both fully present now, 
And still be wholly conscious 
 Of the rain, the road, and the adventure 
That lies before us?

Monday, March 28, 2022

True colors

In the quiet and the dark, 
Our true colors emerge, 
Tossed into iridescence 
 By the sadness and the sorrow. 
Here’s where we discover 
What we, and our true friends, 
Are made of.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Lay your oars aside

Today’s the day 
We lay our oars aside; 
Stop paddling against the tide, and rest.
 Breathe deep, and let the peace return; 
The stillness that resides 
 In the depths below the drive to keep on striving.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

The allure of mystery

The camera teaches me, over and over, 
The allure of mystery: 
That there’s a magic in not-knowing; 
An invitation in the dark and unexpected 
 To wonder, to be curious. 
A tiny taste of mystery draws us in; 
 Makes us pause, and encourages 
Exploration, connection, and even intimacy…

Friday, March 25, 2022

Calming rituals

Evening: the cows are back in the barn, 
Bedded down for the night, munching hay; 
Murmuring contentedly in the distance. 
The frogs have begun their nightly serenade, 
Chanting loudly til we get close, 
Then taking up their songs again, 
Their voices echoing off the still pond 
Once we’ve passed by on our nightly walk. 
These simple rituals, restoring peace, 
Give calm and comfort in times of stress: 
We store them up in our hearts 
And let them steep, then later 
 Offer them back in prayer to a troubled world.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Are you listening?

Are you listening? 
And what are you listening for?
 Can you hear the changes in the wind,
 Or the ache in a stranger’s heart? 
The battle cries of a conscripted soldier 
Who never wanted to fight, 
Or the tears of his mother, 
Worried he won’t make it home? 
Do you listen to the stories of the elderly 
And hear the loneliness, the wisdom, 
And the longing for respect; for engagement? 
Are you really paying attention 
To your friend, to your mate, or to your soul? 
Can you hear the wounds of the child within, 
Who longs to express her long-buried fears? 
Are you listening, and what are you hearing?

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Opening our hearts

Just as our hearts sing each spring 
When the first daffodils open their hearts
Unfurling faces to the sun, 
So must heaven sing each time 
We step beyond self-interest, 
Opening our hearts in compassion 
For the troubles of another…

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

A life well-lived

She may be a little rusty, 
But her bones are still good, 
And those stains on her cheeks 
Are the marks of experience; 
Scars emblematic of a life fully lived 
And a rest well-earned…

Monday, March 21, 2022

Attention reveals complexity

The unremitting dullness 
 Of the unexamined life will be relieved 
If we choose to be fully present. 
When we pay close attention, 
 We begin to see the many layers;
 To observe the thrilling textures; 
The complexity and ambiguity revealed
In even the simplest circumstances...

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Let the waters still

Let this day be a day of rest; 
An opportunity to sit 
Beside your stream of consciousness 
And let the waters still; 
To find again that quiet place within 
From which compassion, generosity, 
 And hope originate, 
 And let them flow with your outbreath, 
That the tempers and the troubles of the world 
 Might soften,and feel a gentle healing 
In the breeze.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Plant peace

Plant peace, 
And wait for hope to flower; 
Bridge differences, 
 Cross lines of demarcation, 
And knit communities back together…

Friday, March 18, 2022

Outdated structures

Perhaps it’s time to take a look 
At those old structures in our lives; 
Defenses of the heart, outdated assumptions 
 That no longer serve their purpose, 
But serve simply as a roost 
 For fleeting thoughts and expectations 
 Of rejection, whether ours or others; 
No longer launching sites, 
Propelling us to new adventures, 
 But now specious barricades 
Against a world that has moved on…

Thursday, March 17, 2022

No chance to duck and cover

We live these relatively peaceful lives 
Haunted by the shadows of war. 
Though much is hidden, the stark reality 
Keeps peeking through the clouds 
Of our resistance, and we wonder: 
How can we protect those under attack 
Without endangering the world, 
Now that we understand 
The option to duck and cover 
Is only an illusion…

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

An offering of faith

Evening, and as shadows fall, 
The daffodils turn their faces to the east: 
An offering of faith 
In confident expectation 
Of the sun’s return.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

A sense of purpose

There are days when life is full — 
A beehive, humming with activity, 
Energy and sweetness 
 Flying out in all directions 
 With a gratifying sense of purpose at the helm. 
What, then, do we do on the other days, 
When the chaos is uncontrolled, 
Or when the emptiness becomes profound 
And there’s no structure to give meaning: 
How, then, do we maintain a sense of self; 
Feel centered, connected, and productive? 
What gifts can we unearth within ourselves 
To bless the world and bring focus 
 To our lives?

Monday, March 14, 2022

A time for action

Like cats, we are happy to find 
 Our place in the sun, 
And not all that eager 
To have our peace interrupted, 
But there are times when we must respond 
To the promptings of our hearts 
And take action on behalf 
 Of those we love and serve.

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Breathing peace into the world

Though we may be powerless 
To end this war, we can increase the peace 
Which flows between us and the conflict. 
Breathe deep, and find the stillness 
That lies deep within your soul, 
Then breathe it out into the world, and trust 
That someone somewhere else 
Is breathing easier.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

The promise in resting

Even in winter, beneath the gathered clouds, 
The garden glows with promise; 
An invitation to a future filled 
With subtle scents and flavors: 
We, too, find our potential rising
In times of rest…

Friday, March 11, 2022

Sheltering the young

We, the old, are here to help the young: 
To nurture and protect; 
 To guide them into fullness 
While welcoming their bright differences 
Into our shared, evolving world 
And bending down to listen for 
What new insights they bring to us 
From our shared, distant, origins.

Thursday, March 10, 2022


Awakened in the night 
By the prompting of the moon, 
Who dips her hand and pours 
Her gift of light across the sea 
For the trees to sip, 
I move to my window, 
 Breathe in the cool night air, 
 And bless again the spirits 
That brought me to this place…

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Morning invitation

From within my darkened room I watch 
As the morning sun invites the clouds 
Into her rosy arms: such generosity of light; 
A welcoming of each and every 
Branch and bud; ongoing invitation 
To bear our fruit again into the world.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Share your peace

On those gray days, 
When life seems perilously empty 
And any possible undertaking looks 
Like another bridge to nowhere, 
Allow yourself to rest 
In the sameness of what you’re seeing; 
Fill your heart with all that quiet peace 
And send it like a prayer 
To all who desperately need 
 A break from, and an end to, 

Monday, March 7, 2022

Calming structure

It helps, 
When life is making you crazy, 
To create some sort of structure 
To contain the chaos: 
 Perhaps a morning ritual, 
Or an evening walk; 
Something to restore a sense of calm…

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Imaginative fear

O fearful ones, be not ashamed; 
Don’t fault yourselves for worrying. 
Worry and fear are the inevitable side effects 
Of a healthy imagination: let them serve 
As fuel for some creative venture 
That might awaken or express 
Awareness, hope, and compassion, 
Igniting each to serve the common good.

Saturday, March 5, 2022

The future trap

It’s easy to get so focused 
On the traps we’ll set for future gains 
That we fail to appreciate 
The gentle charm of the present….

Friday, March 4, 2022

Simple pleasures

The simple pleasures 
 Of a morning nearing spring —
 A bird, even if it’s a crow,
 A birdbath filled by the evening rain, 
A lawn beginning to lengthen again, 
And the daffodils raising their happy heads, 
Watching for the sun.

Thursday, March 3, 2022


It’s so quintessentially human of us, 
To avoid, or wish to work around 
The dark textures of life; 
The obstacles and challenges, 
The weedy undergrowth of dailiness… 
We keep forgetting they provide 
A necessary scaffolding 
 For beauty, for appreciation, 
For gratitude and growth.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Showering with love

Like a child, spinning 
In circles of delight, 
May we be filled with exuberance, 
Showering everything around us with love…

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Dark places in the heart

There are ruins within each of us, 
Dark places in the heart we fear to enter, 
Rooms haunted by what was, 
And shadowed by what might have been; 
Walls scarred by unshed tears 
 And grief unshared… 
Yet these, the brokenness and loss, 
Can prove the opportunity, the soil, 
For new growth to break through, 
When we take courage and explore 
Those caverns hidden deep within the soul.