Haiku for the moment

California Poppies
Some things we see are
just inadvertently fun
That’s why we do this
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The quality of light
The manifestations of light
The sun, the moon and the earth align
And show the shadows of our being
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White flowers blooming
Beauty adds to our healing
soul connects to mind

Orchids @ UCSF China Basin
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Poems are words

Poems are words
Floating in the air
Blown on the wind
Spinning about
With their own meaning
Lonely until joined together
By a thought

A statement flows
But it is no poem
Directions are given
But those words are not a poem, usually
Random thoughts expressed
As words
Come closer to being a poem

Then a phrase,
A joining, or a theme emerges

Some words are grasped
And drawn down
To paper or voice
So they can be repeated

Once captured from the wind
Together they can form
A poem
Good or bad
A poem nonetheless
And the joiner of words
Gathered from the random wind
Becomes a poet

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April 2012 – Life and the events It is both more and less than it appears to be.

Flowers in March 2012
About to burst out
Rain nor wind inhibit it
Potential beauty
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Giants stand tall
Shrouded in the morning fog
Soon the sun will shine.

Swift the river flows
Swollen by the falling rain
Stained brown by the earth

Women making plans
The bond between them grows strong
Sisters standing tall

Those are lovely
The wilderness suits you well
with modern comfort.
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There he goes again
another exuberant
life adventurer
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Paulin Creek after a rain-4
“So many poems happen at the intersection of time and eternity”

Marie Howe on NPR
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The God in you is
The God you alone let through.
To shine on the world
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When we have doubt it
Paralyzes certainty
Life is uncertain.
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Life’s vicissitudes
Opportunity for choice
Learn to love cactus
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Graffiti on wall
Real or just an illusion
Like your city life?

Pattern Interrupt
A photo by Orin Zebest

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“Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”

“Through compassion our humanity grows into its fullness.”

Nouwen-McNeill-Morrison in Compassion
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Tulips are fading
In the early summer heat
Yellowed Spring flowers

Tulips have faded
What can replace them today
Besides memory

Tulips can return
Nurtured with love from the past
New color and joy found
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Flowers in March 2012 - rain drops
Behind closed eyelids
An orange like no other
In springtime sunshine
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Life and the events
It is both more and less than
it appears to be.
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March 2012 – renewal toward Spring

Finding faith to walk
In immortality now
Opening present
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In the gray garden
I heard a spiritual voice
Opening up the world
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Ya, the weird is world
We that knew every sunrise
Something more daily
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Blue sky going now
Clouds are moving overhead
Winter has its way
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Shadows show light
Seeking the light
Will lead to becoming
A person of no shadow
Because the light
Shines through you
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Lost days of healing
So many things have happened
Unexpected years
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Golden bridge rising
That was the bridge often crossed
Memories rising
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“They say time changes things but actually you have to change them yourselves”
Andy Warhol
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Shadows of the earth
Across celestial spaces
Waxing or waning?
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because of a lack of knowledge and training,
view life as through a key hole.
therefore, see only a very small portion
of the actual picture.”

Sophia Williams
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Blossoms in early Spring-2
Green buds on white bark
Trees of the whole world renew
The air, and, our hope
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February 2012 – in a special way

Yes, God has blessed you in a special way.
The Creator is revealed through the things of life.
St. Rose Church Baptismal font
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Bridge across the sky
Shrouded foggy mystery
Dear companion

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Hazy blue winter
Cold air and wind in my face
Invigorate life
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An owl was calling
On a star filled winter night
Not my name, a call
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A call echoed crisp
To live in light and darkness
As if the last day
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Luminous silence
Dampens the cacophony of
Ordinary days
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Without a winter
The stars cannot shift across
Another night sky
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The flowers push through
Never a frozen hard ground
Led at such ease
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Pink and gray and blue
Over the rim of the earth
The transition hour

Orange cusp of sun
Obscured among scattered clouds
Brings the light of dawn
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St. Rose Church and tree
No body is no body
Thus we are all only spirit
As body does not limit
And mind achieves a balance
Of no concern
Because there is no body
Only eternal ever growing
Spirit in a soul
Each soul moving toward
External bliss
By simple coexistence
With the almighty
Ever lasting
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I was always an optimist
seeing the hopeful side of things.
As a young child I was the optimistic helper and pleaser.
Then I became the lucky optimist – fortunately sliding through the teen years.
The naïve optimist worked for years
thinking I understood change
and could change people and systems.
Moving through time the realistic optimist realized
there were limits to one person’s ability to move the Whole forward.
The optimistic fatalist emerged
to graciously accept what the fates bestowed.
What kind of optimist will I be next?
The optimist of the light?
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Gotta make it in
Under the invisible
wire of time today
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I can only say
All I can think of is you.
Our love overwhelms

You are always so
Awesome, brave and beautiful
Oh my beloved one

It is bittersweet
Grandeur to reside in the
Temple of our love

Happy to be here
In a manner of speaking
Just being with you

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Happy to be here
In a manner of speaking
Just being with you
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Held in the hand of the Creator

Something permanent and long lasting flows out of each person
like ink to paper flows through the writing instrument.
The ink has form and function
but only becomes meaningful and significant
when held in the hand of the Creator.

The pen does not resist moving
nor the ink form its own words.
The tinge of color becomes something else,
something more,
when it flows out of the tip
and shows the words.

And all of us, each person, is as different as can be.

Yet the Creator can pick up any pen
and form words of beauty and higher meaning
so long as the pen does not resist
and the ink flows.
We each let the ink form meaning.
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January 2012 – Lives respond to thunder

Upon taking a hike

Quiet forest grove
Important sole audience
The love of my life.
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Green ferns and brown leaves
Wet still with morning fog drops
Quiet so quiet
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Power from above
The abyssal mercy of God
In you (me) here and now
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Wine flows out soothing
Like teardrops that need to flow
Some days are like that
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She had to observe
I see you’ve stolen my pen
The haiku master
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13,000th Flickr Picture
Revelations of
Vaguely remembered things
Flit across the mind
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Quiet but busy
Time examining others
While writing my own
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Plaque from an award
Dripping with irony but
Drops dry out with time
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Question of the Day: How can you tell if a cloud is upside down?
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I hope the sun warms
Your day and your loving heart
It shines on us both
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Oh, evening star
Western symbol of beauty
Simple joy of life
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Respond to thunder
A deep roar in the distance
Lions on the move

A deep roar in the night
Lives respond to thunder
Nature calls to them
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Shadow man sitting
Reflecting of life’s quiet
Straight anomalies
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Sit in the quiet
Until cats interrupt you
Meditation space?
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Curse progenerates
Blessings upon these others
Energy redeemed
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The changing of day
Every day looking upon
The world from on high
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All our days living
Are not spent, rather borrowed,
Time only used once
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Be as a brush held
In the hand of the Creator
to create art in the world.
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Kindness of a child
An offering of goodness
A simple package
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He’s writing today
Then he’s riding somewhere too
Then writing again
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from just these thoughts

I don’t even understand the mixed messages I send.
I tell others to leave us be;
leave us alone.
At the same time
I care for them
and wish them well.
I don’t look for understanding,
I wish these others would understand.
Their acceptance without implied judgment
is what I hope for.

I don’t have a way to share this
because that door is closed;
and the window’s open
just a crack
so I can hear.

How come relationships have to be
as defined by one of the parties
and it is not accepted
that the relationship
permanently changed?

So many questions arise
from just these thoughts,
but the point is
I don’t offer answers.

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December 2011 – cleaning out the notebooks – Humility waits

intersubjective epistemology
and partially shared divergences of meaning.
Result in phenomenology of intersubjectivity
You in me
Me in you
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At any age, be it 18 or 91,
the ability to be
rather than to do
is what our Creator asks.
As to bitterness,
if death is an advisor (ala Carlos Casteneda)
then all we can do is listen.
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Blazing shooting star
Under Orion’s right foot
Lights the hunter’s way
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Humility waits
For the flash of light on steel
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River Road photo stop 010312-10
Crush is in the air
Aromas of things to come
Sense of promises
by Anne
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We made our wreath decoration

The purpose of shadows is not to celebrate the light.
It is to illuminate that there is something outside the brightness.
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I hope the sun warms your day and your loving heart shines on us both.
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Canned goodness 2011-01
Passing of this day
Moves forward like no other
Happy New Year, All
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Ripples of November 2011 – consumed by keen intransigent kindness

I spent a lot of time from August 2011 sharing the Letters of the Scattered Brotherhood. I was writing the whole time, so it’s time to clean out the notebooks.


Now within my self
Spirit in dwells quietly
Holding silence there.
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Fly white butterfly
Through mid October sunshine
Flitting here and there
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Holly comes prancing
Through the back door so sprightly
Like a ball bouncing
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Sunrise reflected
On glass windows through the fog
Surreal glimpse of light
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She is consumed by
Keen intransigent kindness
En route to heaven
The turtle lady
Travels night and day looking
For a turtle man
Touched by the Lord’s light
Awareness of only presence
Each moment of life

Leaves in the Fall
A dream in the night
Forgotten upon rising
Was it angst or joy?
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The southwestern sky
Clear, crisp, flickering full of
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Flickering mind’s eye
Has the possibility
To see the great light.
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Angels have angles
For getting into the heart
Blessings come unseen
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Having to deal with
Narcissistic selfishness
Relationship hell!
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Kneeland excursion-12
In Eureka

The brown leaves flutter
Down like butterflies of Fall
Watch nature descend
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Stand of trees arise
Where redwoods once enshrouded
Light and life abound
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Shining wisp of cloud
Deep green deciduous trees
Beautiful Fall day
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