A Heart Attack

I had just closed the door When it came from all directions A weight upon my chest A pain not previously known Caused by a swelling of my heart. The veins contracting down the back of my neck. My left arm, stiffens in pain. Training or memory I know not which... Aspirin I find the …

Presence

Being fully present isn’t something that happens once and then you have achieved it; it’s being awake to the ebb and flow and movement and creation of life, being alive to the process of life itself. Pema Chödrön (July 14, 1936 -) You were here this morning when I woke lying somewhere between the rays …

Everything

Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires. —Lao-Tzu It’s happening again— the swelling of waves inside this vessel I call my body. I become the ocean and the sky. I am the stars spreading light across this darkness. Everything is inside of me In this world where I am everything.

I Want

I Want I want to write more than words that say I love you. I want to write poetry that fills your heart with ecstasy, your mind with wonder, your body with burning desire. I want to write words which move your eyes to tears, fill your ears with the sweetness of the loon’s lonely …

Desires

Desires At what point do we no longer desire our desires? Like a dream forgotten in an instant. The details no longer alive— Hiding there in the corners of the foreboding dark shadows. Do we forget, So that we might dream again, of the things we so desire?

Dream of Dying

Dream of Dying It is difficult to distinguish reality in a dream. Last night I fell into a sub-zero chemical vat. I fought my way to the side and pulled myself out as the freezing death worked its way up my body. Colleagues froze in fear, as the outcome was certain. She cried, as I …

Moments

Moments If I could master just one art, it would be the art of letting go: of people I have known and loved, of places I’ve traveled to and lived of sunsets and full moons I’ve witnessed. I would let go of this moment as quickly as it appears, faster if I could. I would …

Listening

Listening I have been listening my entire life First to my mother’s heart beat as I floated in her mixture of embryonic fluids. What else was there for me to do, but listen in amazement to the surroundings of my new self. To witness sound while my closed eyes waited to open. I listened to …

Wisdom

Wisdom The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. — Ralph Waldo Emerson These things I know— The soft words of love. The solitary dreams of a poet. The song of a thousand crickets. The voice of a crying heart. The pain and serenity of death. The foretelling of dreams. …

One Word

One Word But above all, the poet, is he who names things... And that's the poet's mission, profound and sacred communication. And another word for that is love. – Carlos Fuentes If I could have but one word to describe you, it would not be a word like "love" or "God," for although both of …

If

If Anything you can think of is likely to pass away. —Rumi If I had held you more tightly, would you still have pushed me away If I had loved you more passionately, would you still have lied about him If I had given you all of me, would you still have held something back …

Take Me Death

Take Me Death Like a ghost from times passed You creep up silently behind me. Unwilling to confront me eye to eye. You remain hidden in my blind spot. Then you tap me on my shoulder And quickly disappear back into your hell, As I turn around to find no one is there. Why do …

Life’s Greatest Gift

Life’s Greatest Gift What keeps me alive is found between the images, between the words, between thought, the emptiness of feeling, and in the emptiness of the body...there arises the fullness and significance of life… —Basarab Nicolescu I have received so many gifts, appearing as presents from you. The still, shadowy, vapor filled clouds you …