Thursday, February 28, 2013

"The ability to observe yourself from a witness perspective and notice where you place your attention and how you choose what you'll focus on in a day is crucial to the art of conscious living." - R.M., Active Dreaming.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

a stop at STARBUCKS

this American crossroads
on a cold winter night..
 parallel people observed
their laptops and smartphones
 foci of isolated attention
connecting to elsewhere..
no central cheer
as might be conjured
in older places with
a warm central stove..
coffee art on the wall
seemed stagnant ignored..
youthful waiters serve up
Gold Coast Joe
Blonde Roast
to customers soon to
sit down and withdraw..
headlines in the NYT rack
reports political struggles
parallels of scale..
a barrenness..
these are parallel times...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


is about WE..
promising new identity
for 2013..
WE brings peace as
Me serves conflict..
yet each Me serves
 unique Self identity..
we might then say:
Some fondly wish for
blessed peace with 
 Self well preserved..
then this Question:
is it possible
when becoming WE
Self becomes Great..?
simple mirror reflections
among WEs of a group
brightens uniqueness of
each member Self..
this consciousness leap
 a dialogue possibility
for 2013...

Human beings have an intuitive capacity and knowledge - what the romantic poets called sensibility - that somewhere at the center of life is something ineffably and unalterably right and good, and that this "rightness" can be discovered through artistic and spiritual explorations that have been honored by all the great perennial religious traditions.

- David Whyte
from "The Heart Aroused: Poetry & The Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America"
©1994 Doubleday/Currency

Monday, February 25, 2013

the Saga

Nature's many centers
in each found 
 Inception and Division
forming potent seeds..
from a tiny Symmetry 
living asymmetry shoots
proud differences reign 
sameness lies hidden..
until  a longing
grows to imperative
for return home..
this quite brief
creation Saga...

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Quilt worthy

Those who quilt
have their secrets..
emerging patterns 
laced together..
an initiating flash
then flow of thread
filling the symmetry
with surprise..!
pained reluctance
those corrections..
finally uplifting joy..
 Those who quilt
then ask this question:
does the recipient
of this labored gift
resonate with even
one-tenth appreciation..?
 is she really
Quilt worthy...?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Mother Nature

Our many voyages
of desert and sea
the harshness observed..
smooth cushioned water
becomes raging storm..
a splitting violence
this external turbulence
kindles jolts of anger
 then fear and supplication..
finally the Question..

 tumult and danger
seem forceful prompts
suggesting surrender to
veils of indifference..
yet some find now
new possibility arising 
to trace one's journey:
 jagged roaring storm
stimulates and brightens
fading light within..

in these extremes
depths awaken heights
new sisterhood appears..
in one's journey log
a backward look
records hidden leaps
of courage and faith..
real awareness
of one's precarious 
life String... 

see Stephen Crane
"The Open Boat"

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


a morning conversation
with surprising anecdotes
of unique explorations..
reported confrontations
by science practitioners'
sudden dates with death..
now authoring testimonies 
of their dimensional truth..
much comfort growing
from  ample recordings of
bright tunnel experience..
let us now inquire
are these flashing NDE's
consciousness leaps..?
might they point
to death's vital role.. 
at last finding 
real self-awareness..
life in this moment..?

asking then..
is not each breath
our moment experience
of near death...?

See Dr. Eban Alexander
Proof of Heaven

Sunday, February 17, 2013

gun control

law and imagination
these are partners
within and among..
our written constitution
imagined long ago
from a dialogue crucible..
a written formula
compressed and contained
oral argument struggles..
this body fractures
without dialogue's 
renewing blood flow..
in history's initiation
shifting power slides
in that early time
 betwixt edges and center..
our constitution lives
runs and returns 
within each citizen's

James Madison
The Federalist Papers

Friday, February 15, 2013

Walking dogs

many are those
walking their dogs
fixing clinging chores
upon morning rising..
favoring this path 
for cleansing of soul
early preparing for
post noontime creation..
many others find
clarity and vigor
with gifted sleep
 leashes are pegged
creation stands first
 filling those hours 
ere afternoon dawns..
perhaps those dogs
hold a secret
our increase to learn:
those different paths
uniquely nourishing  
 really are one...

Thursday, February 14, 2013


each of us
in those sometimes
seem as projectors..
not unlike those
old movie projectors
filtering the light
telling the stories
moldings on screen..
in our sometimes
we depart our
many contradictions
fly to a widening
vantage in stillness
surveying the multiples
and traumas below..
our own light
projects and selects
finding stories in
 swirls most complex..
we might wish 
to declare:
we are creator
of the story we 
now see...

“You exist in time, but you belong to eternity. You are a penetration of eternity into the world of time. You are deathless, living in a body of death. Your consciousness knows no death, no birth, it is only your body that is born and dies, but you are not aware of your consciousness. You are not conscious of your Consciousness, and that is the whole art of Meditation; becoming conscious of Consciousness itself.” Osho   (Sacred Geometry)


seeing our chunks
of time Whole..
when frustrations
and mistakes
cry out for
sole recognition..
then is time
to encase these
irritating formations
in expanding wrap..
morning quiet stopping
sitting with dark
looking inward now
finding these nettles 
lodged softly inside..
might we then
stand and walk

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Creation dialogue

the controversy swirls
 creation opposes evolution..
does new dialogue suggest
new truth in sight..?
those creation days with
 evolution eons backdrop
seem as quantum jumps..
yet within those days
 find sequential building..
an evolutionary microcosm
in our genesis..?
then in evolution's depth
some leaps appear
fossil record blanks..
 quantum microcosms
in darwinian time..?
perhaps a middle gestalt
 quantum evolution..?
third eye discovering 
new Light...?

for Charles Darwin's 
February 12, 2013

Darwin's Eye Quote

"To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of Spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree. When it was first said that the sun stood still and the world turned round, the common sense of mankind declared the doctrine false; but the old saying of Vox populi, vox Dei ["the voice of the people = the voice of God "], as every philosopher knows, cannot be trusted in science. Reason tells me, that if numerous gradations from a simple and imperfect eye to one complex and perfect can be shown to exist, each grade being useful to its possessor, as is certain the case; if further, the eye ever varies and the variations be inherited, as is likewise certainly the case; and if such variations should be useful to any animal under changing conditions of life, then the difficulty of believing that a perfect and complex eye could be formed by natural selection, should not be considered as subversive of the theory."
---Charles Darwin

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Consciousness pursuit

the meaning
confounding sometimes..
it seems this morning
 a simple awareness of 
double dimensions..
 one named I
 the other Me..Me often 
poses as one's full name:
architect plumber wife
parent teacher homeless
these titles and more..
our rising and retiring
religions and science
joys and pain..
these names we know
yes 3rd dimension..

consciousness gently 
steps in and asks 
is there more to Me..?
the question pauses
waits for reply
often then departs
finding 3D living
quite enough for now..
yet the question persists
returning most often as
 these names we know
seem empty and stale..
perhaps this time
something new
yes 4th dimension..

not satisfied
still more to do..
the task pursuit
must now make sure 
both dimensions 
 3D found as edging
yes this new Shore...

The eye with which 
I see God is the same eye
with which God sees me. 
--Meister Eckhart 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Softly walking

with swift stealth
soft paws lightly
pressing small cubits
of grass and space..
a feline presence
 suggesting easy 
 sinking of her weight
 then recovery..
a moving indentation
in my inner
enclosing Field...

Thursday, February 7, 2013


who journals
out there..?
we know the priority
each new day
is a gathering of
those wrinkles and sticks
and seeing each whole
relating as they do
now to each other..
and then they reach
to something larger
new until now
until journaling entry
this moment...

Monday, February 4, 2013


to the light
we are the names..
may we find
awareness today of
 each special name..
inception and art
in higher flow
may we soon 
know here below..
we wait for
morning light
and long to return
without further delay..
this new reality
two in one
one in two
each glorious day....


sometimes seen as
 magical events..
but let's track
a northward unity
and southward split..
one becomes three
and three one..
constant motion
these sensational trips
found in 
the heart of
cosmos and cell...

Sunday, February 3, 2013

holding in Tension

So much heartbreak
with strained attention 
what's out there
strikes cords within..
some cords long ago
with out there..
perhaps an antidote
when we expect
contradiction out there
humility with half-truths
halves in communion
beauty between..
holding in Tension..
power and joy 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

it is said
are the measures
gradations of fib..
more white more truth
more black is worse..
with such entangling
where is found
purest lies and truth..?
then further
does truth birth lies
and lies the truth..?

are such words
to each
a mirror...?

light attachment

For our children..
our creations
need an empty space
that they alone might grow..
our light then
must be withdrawn
Yet also remain..
this paradox of light
and of Life...

for Mae

Friday, February 1, 2013

I prefer NOT

My work yesterday
I pursued with fire..
 dead letters burned
letters with news
for countless intended
recipients Unknown..
news shadowed or light
these notifications of
paths NOT taken
met their end by
my flaming torch..
My role as destroyer
carried my reverie
ignited a wish 
a blessing and curse 
to finally know NOT..

My work today
new letters appear..
copying not burning
yet sorrows abide in 
 slow repetitive death..
I must rise
 stand tall
Find face and soul
in that wall..
I must proclaim
I prefer NOT..
this delicious word..
 freedom's choice
 tasted with short
 bursts of joy..

Facing my wall
searching for NOT
into emptiness flowed
a bright wholeness
of  letters and light..
but a price to be paid
for other's disdain
they are forgiven for
 not knowing NOT..
NOT holds those
 letters I've known..
Ah humanity...

Based on Herman Melville's
short story, "Bartleby
the Scrivener"