The Great Way

The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences. When love and hate are both absent, everything becomes clear and undisguised. Make the smallest distinction, however, and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart. If you wish to see the truth, then hold no opinions for, or against, anything. To set up … Read more

Laying the Burden Down

I have been deep in thought about ethical life choices and what path to choose now. It has all seemed so complicated, like a labyrinth. Then I remembered another time in my life when I felt confused and received the blessing of a hint of inner peace. It inspired a poem that I wrote for … Read more

Light a Candle

On the eve of the Orthodox celebration of Christmas on January 7th Russian President Vladimir V. Putin called for a 36-hour Christmas Truce beginning at noon on January 6th and ending at midnight on January 7th.  Putin ordered his Defense Ministry to implement the cease-fire hours after Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill I called for a … Read more

The War Within

I think the war within ourselves May hurt us the worst of all. Do I work or play? Do I go or stay? The inner conflicts never cease But my soul, it yearns for peace. Why is inner peace so hard? Do I so carelessly discard All I see about me? The sky, the cloud, … Read more

First of May

Be honest, do not hide Allow the feelings in your heart Your loneliness is a door It keeps you from claiming what you do not have And opens you to appreciate your you do have The cool breeze The song of birds The peace that is gathering in your heart.


The great requiem touches me Orchestra and massed choirs Then a moment of tenderness The crystal clarity of the boy soprano Eternal peace. Then the memories of a tiny gathering Family and friends A song in remembrance Be still my soul. Further back go my memories Of love and loss Promise and regret Today’s turbulence … Read more

After Great Pain

After great pain there is a quietness to the soul After restless striving, a hint of inner peace After relationship stretched to its breaking, a sense of sorrow and loneliness in the night. The sounds of the city are heard The moon gently lights the garden And memories of loved ones fill the heart. One … Read more

Mother of Peace

In our spiritual journey Marianne and I spent some time in a spiritual group where she gained a connection to Mother Mary. Although we did not stay with the group, the connection to Mother Mary remained. When she began a study of clay sculpture, her first piece was a bust of Mother Mary. And She inspired me as well, as I yearn for peace.

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