The Heart Recovers

Have you ever noticed how, in our pursuit of the perfect home or job or relationship or image, there's usually this one problem in life - some offshoot of annoyance that's so close to being right, but it just isn't? It steals our focus, and all of our accomplishments and potential blur into the background. Some …

Shore

Grey-blue waters lap cold against the snow-covered shore, and  white flakes brush the seam away from the horizon. I cannot say where the sea ends and the sky begins. Snow swirls down on the island through the evergreens. Fragrant smoke curls up and out of a chimney, whisked away to an ethereal dance floor. It's beautiful and perfect …

Afternoon Poetry

The word "poetry" elicits a wide variety of responses from people, but the most common one seems to be exhausted disinterest.  Asking someone to read a poem is like asking them to complete a math problem.  I understand, I really do.  But, I took a course in American Literature last spring and developed a new appreciation …

Thoughts on Love

  Love is an explosion of life and beautiful expectation. Every second is quiet rapture.  The wrong person can elicit feelings of trepidation.  While it's good to take chances, not every threshold is meant to be crossed. There are some people I'll love my whole life, no matter how many years pass and no matter what rises and falls …

A Flower Falls

A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.  ~Dogen There's something about Jess's wilted flowers that I have grown to appreciate.   They're a gentle reminder of the capacity of the heart to heal despite the greatest hurts - that new life can grow from death. …