An Ordinary Day

It was an ordinary day No surging feelings No sudden inspirations A day like most days Very real and full of life. Such a day has many blessings Best of all a sense of calm And a chance to reflect On the ordinary beauty of living. A quiet meditation at the zendo A welcome greeting … Read more

The New Year

Today is a clear sunny winter day in Charlotte, and as I finish the last of my tea after a leisurely morning, I feel a sense of peace. I thought back to a long time ago when i was blessed with a similar feeling. In the intervening years the hurry and urgency and striving has … Read more

Winter Morning

Winter Morning The morning sun on my porch The dull sound of the heater The support of the wall as I write While sitting up on my bed. It is a simple thing to linger here And not rush to start my day, Hastening to make up for lost time. Perhaps I am beginning to … Read more

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

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 hideAllow the feelings in your heartYour loneliness is a doorIt keeps you from claiming what you do not haveAnd opens you to appreciate what you do haveThe cool breezeThe song of birdsThe peace that is gathering in your heart.

Requiem

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