Saturday, November 16, 2019

Sunday, November 10, 2019

There are no children to take refuge in, no father or any other relative. When a man is seized by that terminator, Death, there is no taking refuge in the family.
Dhammapada  20. 288


Cold gray
a walk to the river
rather than the sea
we live in small circles of
warm,
cold, quiet.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

"And this idea of living in peace alongside abnormality is perhaps what has allowed me
to accept the strange circumstance, that it was in a time of of turmoil, involving great
unhappiness, that I first became attached to nature;..."
michael mccarthy, a singular window, the moth snowstorm




Sunday, November 3, 2019


vana -
a desire,
a wood,
should not keep
one
asleep
but
shake
one
awake
A cold rain
comes,
clears
grasses,
flowers,
leaves
the
mulberry bare,
wherein a golden
nest
of fur, elm
rests,
while under,
against dead
brush a dead thrush
lays flush with drying tansy,
held by living lavender
to
this
last
green
night
before
white
tomorrow's
cold -
an old story,
this,
within
which
winter wins,
every time.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

it - the beginning

Autumn Peltier loves the water of her home and said she sees personhood there. To take "it" the pronoun away, to refuse to use it for water as Peltier has, may leave a hole for understanding the other earthly entities as alive and equal.

Who really are our grandparents, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins?

Our family speaks, but we do not look or listen... to them.

The use of it has done this.  Earth, water, animal, air - do we care?

Assessing what is alive and dead, what is equal and subservient, has brought great weaknesses to modern thinking. To use it to objectify lives lessens respect, weakens our own emotional intelligence and cognitive sensibilities.