Litany by the Sea

  In an abundant wood Of Queen Anne’s lace dried and brown like bamboo, the ant scurries its way over fallen bramble and raspberry thorn, twisted California poppy blooming orange. As I lay there, intertwined listening, I hear an old man with an ancient smile in simple language say – “Every step is a Prayer.” 1…

The Abnormal Is Not Courage…

I love this poem, for so many reasons, but mainly because it fortifies the heart and strengthens resolve. The Abnormal Is Not Courage… poem by Jack Gilbert, Monolithos The Poles rode out from Warsaw against the German Tanks on horses. Rode knowing, in sunlight, with sabers, A magnitude of beauty that allows me no peace. And yet…

Alethea; a grounding poem

The poem Alethea, by Mark Hannan in 1993, was written as an invocation creating sacred space and is meant to be accompanied by the beat of a doumbek or celtic frame drum.

tree, a story

. The Tree is an ancient symbol in many cultures. The Tree of Knowledge, the Family Tree, and the Tree Of Life are three powerful examples. “Every atom belonging to you belongs to me.”   ~ Walt Whitman ♦ Picture if you will, a Tree. An old Tree that stands in the middle of a…

“Sit still! Or else!”

I wonder how much residual resistance remains from our caretakers telling us to sit still when we were kids. The directive was an imperative that had punitive consequences if not heeded. When we try “to sit still”, is part of the restlessness rooted in this formative experience of admonishment? Remember the challenge of trying to…