So many times

“How do you keep shiningwhen you have witnessed the worldbreak and reshape itselfso many times?How do you standnot being able to cry out”—- “Talking to the Sun” by Megan Dausch in Claw and Blossom

What You Shall Do

“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to … More What You Shall Do

Down the Road

Perhaps he knew, as I did not, that the earth was made round so that we would not see too far down the road. Karen Blixen, Out of Africa

To The Gulf

the Mississippi River empties into the gulf and the gulf enters the sea and so forth,none of them emptying anything,all of them carrying yesterdayforever on their white-tipped backs,all of them dragging forward tomorrow.—-Lucille Clifton

Art and Science

“Here is the divine lightwhere art and science meet. Not to create alikeness but to capturein contour the vibrantlife itself.” —— from “A Lengthy Performance” in A Trickle of Bloom Becomes You by Jen Rouse Poetry lovers and gardeners will enjoy this mesmerizing book by my friend, Jen Rouse. The lush language intermingles the lives, … More Art and Science

Camellias

Meanwhile the camellia opens its flesh-colored petals with utter unself-consciousness, releasing its scent into the dangerous air. — from Camellias by Linda Pastan

Pivot

“today could be the day that life made a delightful and long-dreamed-of pivot…” from To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

Our Own

“We cannot live in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening. To use our own voice. To see our own light.” —- St. Hildegard von Bingen, from ‘Selected Writings’