play it again, Rainer

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Poetry, Rainer Maria Rilke | No Comments

I was burning. A slow, surreptitious fire. A diffuse thread of lightning tracing down my body. Not the shock of one hard blow but, like dark ink, a slow and spreading stain of pain. And, I kept telling myself it’s just a little pain. It’s just a physical discomfort. (Do you, like me, think first ...

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are you experienced?

Posted by on Apr 24, 2011 in Poetry, The Dancing Wu Li Masters | No Comments

Twenty-two years later, I open up The Dancing Wu Li Masters and find an E.E. Cummings quotation?!? Synchronicity just so is, I tell you. “Knowledge is a polite word / for dead but not buried imagination.” Ouch, as I sit here neck-deep in supposedly knowledgeable books. But, thank you, Universe. I needed that. I have ...

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no string attached

Posted by on Mar 25, 2011 in Buddhism, Poetry | No Comments

“I think it’s like a prayer.” My then seven-year-old had answered her own question more exquisitely than I ever could have. I had managed to keep my didactic mouth shut and allow her to answer it for herself. Two quiet miracles in one quiet moment while a mother was at home with her child. She ...

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couldn’t have said it better myself, part 3

Posted by on Mar 18, 2011 in Poetry | No Comments

+++++Jeffrey McDaniel is a poetry god, and just another soul like you and me. He has written the best poem about God I have yet to come across all these many years. Oh! And I should have been encouraging you to read these (and all) poems out loud! All together now… The Foxhole Manifesto “There ...

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couldn’t have said it better myself, part 2

Posted by on Mar 11, 2011 in Poetry, Poetry Slam | No Comments

When I first read this poem by old soul and big heart Steve Marsh, while I intellectually understood it as a poem about love of the “between true lovers” variety, I kept intuiting a love letter to and with the Universe as well. I wonder what you will think… Belated Valentine: A Work in Progress ...

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couldn’t have said it better myself, part 1

Posted by on Mar 5, 2011 in Poetry | No Comments

Speaking of wings… My family and I are extremely blessed and lucky to be flying off, as Tigger would say, “on a big explore” for a good while, and so for this and the next two posts I simply wanted to share with you three of the best poems I have ever come across thanks ...

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i sing a song of saint e. e.

Posted by on Feb 26, 2011 in 95 Poems, Books, E.E. Cummings, Poetry | No Comments

How did this man enter my life? How did his poetry spill into my life so completely? He’s been in my bed so many times… and I can’t even remember where I first met him?!? I can remember when poetry itself decided to explode into my life. Fourteen years ago and newly in Austin, Texas, ...

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horizontal God

Posted by on Jan 28, 2011 in Art, Buddhism, Mary Oliver, Poetry | No Comments

I lay next to God all day yesterday. Her name is actually Kyrie. Which does mean God, in Greek. She is my younger daughter. So, ok, yeah, not that God. Still, she is as much a spark of the divine fire, as much an illimitable moment of immanent God, as the rest of us. She ...

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