Song

If I had a song I would sing for the woodpecker whose home we destroyed yesterday as he was making a nest of our wood sculpture I would sing a song of hope that he could find another home while the weather is still mild to winter-in protected from icy storms If I had a … More Song

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Composed

Make the best you can of it. Of the little words that come out of the silence, like prayers prayed back to the one who prays -Wendell Berry, “How to Be a Poet” War rages, a plague still takes lives, winter seems to linger weeks past the vernal equinox, you’re running out of eggs, your … More Composed

Carry-on Paradise

Travel can be stressful TSA scrutiny, crowded lines at gates But I have a secret paradise – my carry-on, underneath my ribs It’s lovingkindness meditation, sending thoughts of peace and health to myself and that grumpy traveler scowling behind his mask It may not lighten his heart that I wish him freedom from suffering but … More Carry-on Paradise

Compassion

Compassion often immerges with weeping of the rain It can’t be rinsed away though, that truth dwells deep inside Practice lovingkindness and then yes, do it again Compassion often immerges with weeping of the rain Dancing dreams and quiet places may ease the pain Love’s not bells and flowers, it’s keeping kindness by your side … More Compassion

Contemplative Care

In the woods where I walk, a doe lay dying She could have just been asleep but she didn’t stir as I walked by Deer die just like all of us I could do nothing to help her except offer her respect for this transition So, I whispered a lovingkindness mantra customized just for this … More Contemplative Care

Two Me’s

I feel fury rise within me “You’re just wrong” I want to call out My face aflame My breathing tight Full of righteous rage I feel the goodness rise within me “I wish you peace,” I want to call out My eyes gracious My breathing easy Full of lovingkindness How can rage and kindness both … More Two Me’s

Let Me In, Let Me In

The yellow lab trumpets his request “Let me in, let me in,” until the red door opens where he comes in from the cold into warmth Loving kindness whispers her request “Let me in, let me in” until my heart opens and she transforms my apathy into concern The photo captures the dog across the … More Let Me In, Let Me In