Self-Pity and Grief

Self pity has a story Told often and loud Of why, and who, and when. It will cover the same ground over and over Looping back over itself Astonished– As if for the first time– By the injustice of it all, Until the collapse into despairing sleep              or distraction. … Continue reading

New Planet

Huh. Something’s different.   Is it the quality of the light streaming into my room After a night like so many others, Or the way it is reflected in the mirror? Maybe it’s my eyes that have changed, Seeing what was unseen before. Or, the change is in the story my mind weaves About what … Continue reading

Whatever the Earth is Saying

Whatever the Earth is Saying

A response to Mary Oliver’s “Of What Surrounds Me” Whatever the Earth is saying It always needs an ear, an eye A awhole body, to witness And make it Something– A dream, a poem, a gasp. Whatever the Earth is dreaming It needs a heart, or a bunch of hearts, To feel its interiotity. Whatever … Continue reading

Little You

Little You

     I’m sifting through old photos of you as a little kid– Grinning, jumping, mugging, hugging, Digging in the mud beneath my garden sunflowers, In dog-piles of kids and pets, All boy, all action, in love with the world– And I miss you so much I feel the tears sting Even though you are … Continue reading

The Message of Christ to a non-Christian

  “Meaninglessness inhibits fullness of life and is therefore equivalent to illness. Meaning makes a great many things endurable–perhaps everything.” Carl Jung This quote jumped out at me this morning while grading a student’s paper on Easter Sunday, after having attended a long, beautiful Easter Vigil  in a humble cathedral last night. I am not a Christian, … Continue reading

4/15/14: Lunar Eclipse With BFF

4/15/14: Lunar Eclipse With BFF

    The two of us on the wide lawn at midnight Watching the moon disappear into a ruddy smear With blankets and popcorn We are middle aged women Fat and happy Though we gripe about old bones And stiff hips Worry about aging parents and Children who are launching As you nestle closer for … Continue reading

Isa (Standstill)

Isa (Standstill)

  Stand still Let the icy winds of Winter Blow right through Till you are clear And crystalline. Unmoved, Dispassionately allow death To silence Your least Breath.   Then, wait.   In stillness Stand And listen As the wisdom wind Blows you away, cell by cell.   Then Still Wait.   The winds will die … Continue reading