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clouds reflectedIn Search of Good Tea

Someone gave me directions to the tea shop,
I could not find it the first time
I am the kind of person who likes a good hunt.

Yet, discovering that
What you seek is
Already yours
Is the secret



leafIn this beautiful sadness I am alone

In this beautiful sadness I am alone
There is nothing left
Every particle of matter I clung to is blow away.
And in that eternal moment of nothingness
The double edged flame of truth is revealed.
None of it ever mattered and yet it all matters deeply.

(written after the death of a loved one...)

Inner Landscape

mountainIn my mind I am a painter
Works of art are pouring through
They are prolific
Like a countless line of birds sitting on a wire
All different.
All wonderous
Waiting for me
Haunting me
Saying come paint me when you can.

In my heart I am a writer
Millions of words pour through

And sometimes they can make you melt
When they meet a listening ear
Touch an open heart
That hears itself reflected
Putting into words what we so often forget to say


mossy forestThe Reluctant Bhuddist

I would not study your dharma 20 years ago
Yet have always been a love of truth
Who is to say which path is right?
If it leads you to the center of the universe
Standing inside your own shoes
It’s the right place.
You will know it when you get there.


clouds reflectedThe Washer Woman

In the midst of this domestic bliss
I sometimes catch myself as I wash the floors

Seeing an old washer woman
Body aching,
Humbled by circumstance.

She is without status in this world
No value is assigned by society
She is stateless

There are no worlds big enough to contain
Her wisdom

Yet she is a mystery and nobody knows her name

Choose Only God ocean-clouds

Let me be the one who holds you tight.
Let me be the one who kisses you at night.
Know I love you and I always have,
Because we are One

Choose only love and love will be
A part of everything you hear, touch, and see.
Be the One you love to be
Choose only God and here I’ll be.

‘Cause I am in you and you are in me.
Shine a little light in your life today
Let me be the one to whom you pray.
I am in you you are in me.
Choose only God and here I’ll be.

Release the darkness
Embrace the light.rose
I am the way
I am your life.
When you need a hand
Call on me
Ask and it shall be delivered unto thee

Because I love you
And I’ve always been there
Open your heart.
Let me be the one who holds you tight.
I am the way
Make me your life!


red tulipsHaiku

Who is it that sits

Behind those eyes looking out…waiting?

Come out and play

pink waterlilly


You roar through me like a river,
I dream of you at night.
My heart wants to come with you
My mind wants to resist and fight.
Though we've always been together
No beginning, no end
It’s clear,
My heart is always with you
Love has lifted the veil called fear.



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