Saturday, April 30, 2022

Breathe and heal

The lush colors and beauties of spring: 
A gentle solace of love and delight 
To tired eyes and aching hearts 
Burned, o’erflowing with images of war and loss. 
Breathe in the color and the joy 
And breathe it out again to heal the world.

Friday, April 29, 2022


Pink promises are blooming 
In the tender arms of the apple trees, 
Which, like a mother, eagerly bear 
The weight of hope to come…

Thursday, April 28, 2022


We are not stones, but, like the trees, 
In whom time, water, and salt expose 
A tale in lines of life and growth, 
Our faces, as they age, reveal 
In lines our tales of joy and sadness,
 Etched around the mouth and eyes…

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

For the glory of the skies

Humbled, as always, by nature’s artistry, 
We bow our heads in gratitude 
For the beauty of the earth 
And the glory of the skies; 
For the love which, from our birth,
 Over and around us lies…

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Shifting shadows

The warm regard of others 
Falls across our skin like shadows, 
An illusion, shifting with the light, 
Which might seem to stitch us together 
But only masks the wounds 
 Which will require more intentional healing.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Resisting the threat

Our awareness of violence 
Elsewhere in the world 
Looms overhead, a menacing cloud, 
Threatening to overwhelm 
 All of our positive actions and thoughts,
 Poisoning our every interaction 
With an undercurrent of rage and frustration. 
Breathe deeply, and resist the temptation 
 To righteousness and anger; 
 Let it fuel, instead, a renewed impulse 
To kindness and compassion.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Infinite generosity

How can the heart not but respond 
To the glorious eruptions of spring? 
Such abundance must remind us 
Of the infinite generosity of Spirit!

Saturday, April 23, 2022

So much love

Look at those fingers of sky, 
Reaching down to pet us, 
Just as we reach down to pet 
A dog or cat… 
Can we not see how much love 
The universe has for us?

Friday, April 22, 2022

On Earth Day

And on this day, and every day, 
We pray for the re-greening of the earth, 
That all her forests and her seas and air 
May thrive again and breathe new life 
And poisons wash away.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Contemplation and surprise

As artists, we can thrive 
 If we remember two important things: 
Any object, intensely contemplated, 
Can be an opening to reverie; 
And it’s often our surprises, not our plans, 
That infuse our work with depth and meaning.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Finding our way through

Each of us attempts to carve 
A pathway through uncertainty, 
Trying to define and contain 
That which overwhelms us. 
Both those efforts and the moments 
When we stop and allow ourselves 
 To be overwhelmed 
 Give us the skills and imagination 
To tackle the next challenges, 
Whatever they might be.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The Source is always present

Even a chicken coop turns magical 
When touched by the light of the dying sun. 
Even on our darkest days 
We may experience moments of illumination. 
Fear not: the Source is always there, 
Even when hidden behind the clouds.

Monday, April 18, 2022

When the path curves

Why do we get frustrated 
When the path to what we love 
Fails to run smoothly? 
Surely the path that curves and turns 
Is more visually appealing — 
Can we not learn to trust 
That new directions and surprises 
Have much to teach us, 
Even when we stumble?

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Happy Easter!

The sky has dressed herself 
In her most glorious, colorful finery 
 In celebration of this magnificent day. 
Come, let us rejoice and be glad in her light!

Saturday, April 16, 2022


And now the blossoms of Spring return, 
Singing their song of hope and renewal;
Rebirth and resurrection: 
That which was barren 
 Shall once again bear fruit!

Friday, April 15, 2022


Treasure those rare moments 
When in the midst of all the chaos and the sorrow 
We’re reminded to be grateful we’re alive.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

The coming storm

Though we still live in the light, 
Things do look ominous: 
Those dark clouds overhead 
Are far too threatening to overlook, 
And the path of violence 
Is drawing ever closer. 
How might we best prepare 
For the coming storm?

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

A place to rest

May all hearts seeking refuge 
 From the inevitable turbulence of life 
Find a quiet place to rest, and to heal.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Planting peace

To garden, to plant, to farm 
Is an act of hope, and of trust 
That a dream, a vision 
 Can and will come true with proper tending. 
How, then, shall we plant peace 
In the soil of human hearts; 
How might we tend it so our dream 
Of a kinder, healthier planet might come true?

Monday, April 11, 2022

A prayer for refugees

May all who are refugees 
Find safe harbor from their storms…

Sunday, April 10, 2022

.Once again with joy

Once planted, they return each year, 
 These flowers, just as, in the spring, 
 My plum trees bloom, reminding us 
Love never goes away, never diminishes, 
 But simply lies in wait 
 For the moment when it’s meant to appear, 
Astounding us 
 Once again with joy.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

The grace in un-knowing

Embrace the sweet humility 
Of not knowing what lies beyond the bend 
For it contains within a gift: 
Opportunities for discovery.

Friday, April 8, 2022

What majesty overhead

Today, instead of focusing 
 On where your feet might fall, 
Look up! 
Who knows what majesty 
Might be passing overhead; 
What answer might be waiting for a prayer…

Thursday, April 7, 2022

What lies before us

We cannot know for sure what lies before us: 
What storms will blow, what rain will fall,
 Or what monsters lurk beneath calm seas, 
Yet still we heed the call 
 To keep moving forward; 
To take what steps we must to ensure 
Continuing engagement 
 With our purpose here on earth.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Let faith not fade

Familiar shapes become ominous 
 As the light fades, 
But, in reality, it is not the shapes that change, 
But our perception of them. 
Faith is that internal light 
That allows us to keep trusting, 
Even in the dark.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Look past the dark

Our job is to persist; 
To continue seeing past 
The harsh black tendrils of war 
To the peace that lies beyond; 
To believe and hold the faith 
For those who cannot see their way to hope.

Monday, April 4, 2022

The quiet comfort of the normal

When, like the mountains on a sunny spring day, 
After hiding all winter 
 Behind a screen of clouds, 
Our deepest fears are suddenly 
Exposed for all to see, 
We might rejoice, in that the contrast 
Makes our inner landscape more balanced; 
Re-Awakening appreciation 
 For the Familiar; 
For the quiet comfort of the normal…

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Planting for the future

The pleasure we derive 
From the forethought of others — 
The cherry trees whose blossoms 
Are so pleasing in the spring; 
The institutions and the laws 
That bless future generations— 
All serve to remind us 
That, though what we plant now 
May not bear fruit for many years, 
It’s still worth planting, as a gift 
For those whose lives have yet to bloom.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

In gratitude

I’m grateful for the days 
When possibilities and opportunities 
 Seem as endless as the sea and sky: 
Remembering them helps get me through 
The days when I feel blocked at every turn…

Friday, April 1, 2022

Illusory preparedness

Okay, world; I’m ready. 
Protected on all sides, 
Oars close to hand, 
A towel to wipe the sweat from my brow… 
So bring it on. 
 So easy to think you’re ready for anything 
When you’re safely tied to the dock 
And the water’s calm…