Category Archives: Poetry

The Rain Salesman

I wanted to be a rain salesman, / carrying my satchel full of rain from door to door, / selling thunder, selling the way the air feels after a downpour

The past is not behind you

“The world is wrong. You can’t put the past behind you. It’s buried in you; it’s turned your flesh into its own cupboard. Not everything remembered is useful but it all comes from the world to be stored in you…Did I hear what I think I heard? Did that just come out of my mouth, […]

Believing A Lie: Goethe, The 100th Monkey, & More

(1) Goethe did not say “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”, (2) There is no magic that happens when the 100th monkey learns something, (3) “Crisis” in Chinese does not equal opportunity + danger

For Longing: A Poem by John O’Donohue

blessed be the longing that brought you here and quickens your soul with wonder. may you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe. may you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease to discover the new direction your longing […]

Rest in Yurt: Bill Coperthwaite

Bill Coperthwaite  was killed in a car accident at the age of 83 on his way to a Thanksgiving celebration last week (2013, report).  So shocking and sad. Bill Coperthwaite dove into indigenous crafts and brought the yurt to America. He lived sustainably on land in Maine and wrote the beautiful book, A Handmade Life: […]

A Reply to Kahlil Gibran’s Observation about Optimism and the Rose

“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.” – Kahlil Gibran. We might add: The wise see the whole rose and thus appreciate all aspects of its beauty without injury.

Love more important than power

“…it may be more important to human survival to be in love than to be in a position of power. It may be more important now to enter into an ethical and reciprocal relationship with everything around us than to continue to work toward the sort of control of the physical world that, until recently, […]

“Reality is Always Freshly Born” by Bernard Phillips

The more successful a technique, the more it is guaranteed to produce certain results. But reality can never be known in advance. Creativity is not a matter of just applying know how in order to achieve ends that have been figured out in advance. Indeed, we may say that if you know what to do […]