Category Archives: Poems

Guest Houses of Old and of Today

Once a month I conduct what I call A Ritual of Gratitude and Letting Go.  It is based on the four-point spiral that guides the Work That Reconnects of Joanna Macy.  The WTR is focused on spiritual engagement with climate … Continue reading

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Blessing for a Pastoral Care Program

The blessing for this work is inspired by the poem, Kindness, by Naomi Shihab Nye: Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What … Continue reading

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Adieu Enlivened Stardust

The enlivened stardust called Otis these past twelve years has been returned to the earth. We knew it was coming. Thought it still yet days away, but the night just past harder than any soul should have to bear, so … Continue reading

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On the Resurrection of Beloved Dogs (poem)

“Everything is mortal. It dies. But its parts don’t die. Its parts become something else. And we know that when we bury a dog in the garden. And with a rose bush on top of it.” (Mary Oliver, interview with … Continue reading

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On Keeping (Ig)Noble Silence

At the meditation center – the Mothership I like to call it – Noble Silence is observed, even if one goes on Self Retreat, which is what I just did for three days: time on my own at the center … Continue reading

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Memento Mori (poem – video)

If all you do with this post is spend 4:15 minutes watching this clip, that is enough.  But there is a bit of (con)text below… [youtube=http://youtu.be/4eAgUx508hg] Memento Mori is a Latin term. It has multiple translations, all approaching a concept … Continue reading

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A Nation Being Rebuilt: My Fortnight in Myanmar (poem)

To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner, To rebuild the nations, To bring peace among brothers, To make music in the heart. (The Work of Christmas, Howard Thurman) The tongue so … Continue reading

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Winter Walk

Desiccated bronze orphans, aligned along branches, rustling symphony trembling in the wind. Brittle flags hanging, minor testament to doggedness, multiple casualties dropping to ground. I know they are just leaves, and I am just walking. That is just tree. This … Continue reading

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Metal May Well Revert (poetry)

I am posting this poem here, as my dear friend’s mother died last night.  I wrote it 5+ years ago for my friend about her mother.  The time has come for my friend’s grieving… Metal May Well Revert for Naomi … Continue reading

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Occasional Prayer: CGUUS Benediction

I first encountered the concept via poetry – where I have encountered many theological concepts and utterances.  Despite spiritual and academic engagement with holy scriptures of several world religions, I continue to return to poetry as the source of unsealed … Continue reading

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