Sunday, 12 July 2015

On Children

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.
         ~ Kahlil Gibran

In Blackwater Woods

Look, the trees
are turning
their own bodies
into pillars

of light, 
of giving off the rich
fragrance of cinnamon
and fulfillment,

the long tapers
of cattails
are bursting and floating away over
the blue shoulders

of the ponds,
and every pond,
no matter what its 
name is, is

nameless now.
Every year
I have ever learned

in my liftetime
leads back to this:  the fires
and the black river of loss
whose other side

is salvation, 
whose meaning
none of us will ever know.
To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

~ Mary Oliver

Sunday, 18 January 2015

On Awakening

The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep!
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep!
People are going back and forth.
across the doorsill where the two worlds touch,
The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep!


Photographer:  Norman Koonoo, Nunavut

On Love

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

On Duality

Because suffering is impermanent, 
that is why we can transform it.
Because happiness is impermanent, 
that is why we have to nourish it. 
                                                                  Thay, 10th June 2014

Sunday, 18 May 2014

On Duality

How does a part of the world leave the world?
How can wetness leave water?

Do not try to put out a fire by throwing on more fire.
Do not wash a wound with blood.

No matter how fast you run, 

your shadow more than keeps up.
Sometimes it's in front.

Only full, overhead sun diminishes your shadow.

But that shadow has been serving you.
What hurts you blesses you.
Darkness is your candle.
Your boundaries are your quest.


Sunday, 2 March 2014

On Healing

Last night as I was sleeping
I dreamed - blessed illusion -
That I had a beehive 
Here inside my Heart
And the Golden Bees
Were making
White combs and sweet honey
From my old failures.

Antonio Machado