“Every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.” -Charles Dickens-

Saturday, July 9, 2016

THE LEAF IS SINGING STILL

What can I say that I have not said before?
So I'll say it again.
The leaf has a song in it.
Stone is the face of patience.
Inside the river there is an unfinished story
and you are somewhere in it
and it will never end until all ends.


Take your busy heart to the art museum and the
chamber of commerce
but take it also to the forest.
The song you heard singing in the leaf when you
were a child
is singing still.
I am of years lived, so far, seventy-four,
and the leaf is singing still.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

FOR YVETTE

The Wind Has Settled
by Taigu Ryokan
The wind has settled, the blossoms have fallen;
Birds sing, the mountains grow dark --
This is the wondrous power of Buddhism. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ISAIAH 2.4

















they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.