Poetry

It's your light that lights the world

 

I recently found a stack of old journals.  Part of me wanted to pitch them.  Instead I went through them, and ripped out pages that still spoke to me.  These writings are not exactly poetry…and then again….

I feel Old and Ageless

amused by what

surrounds me

what exists within me

I’ve been looking

through the eye of a needle

at the backside of an elephant

the elephant is me

I’m huge and tough

with tender eyes

ears that hear all

and still I walk the earth

through war and famine

seeking a waterhole and refuge

tough hide and broken heart

 

Heart Centered

in the middle

appropriately

placed

center stage

between

heaven and earth

 

I Reside

in this body

of bone and blood

I inhabit

this topography

this geography

I’m grateful to be

here and home again

 

Fear Shakes Me

like an earthquake rumbling

I hold my ground

glimpsing fear

as an unruly child

all tantrums and lies

accusation and withdrawal

You don’t scare me anymore fear

I will love you

until you dissolve

into a puddle

of tears and laughter

until you become a mere shadow

of your former self

until you are a dust mote

in a prism of light

 

Ocean Calling

Boat dreams dancing

in my head

brilliant glare glittering

from waters edge

blinding me

skin slightly chapped

from sun and wind

boat deck rocking

like cradle rocking

ocean calling

like mother singing

me back into her arms again

Heavenly Sky

 

For decades I’ve been reading Colman Barks, and Daniel Ladinski’s translations of the great mystics. Hafiz, Rumi, St Theresa, Tukaram, Rabia and more. These sacred voices from the East and West all had devotional love affairs, with God, Source, Creator.

Here’s a taste of what I heard the divine say in a  writing workshop with Mirabai Star and Daniel Ladinski in Llama, New Mexico. They are pointing to the God in all of us, and our relationship to Creator, Source, The Divine. Each short verse is a Haiku style poem.


*
God Speaks through you
Every syllable annunciated
With exquisite care

*
Darling One
So profoundly Willful
Surrender Now


*
The Cup sits waiting
Fill it up with your hearts longing
Spilling Out everywhere

*
Dear One
All I could do is smile
back at you


*
I was looking
In the mirror and caught
your mouth turned up

*
I play
The sweetest notes
on you


*
You appeared
Walking on a Woodland Trail
A Columbine

*
You were everywhere
Everywhere, in my heart
In the air


*
Mind Jumps
For a moment to distract me
From this reverie

*
Blue, Blue, Blue
New Mexico Sky
Kissing Angels feet


*
When the Mystery
deepens ~ a vast expanse
We become Holy

*
There was a light forming
A halo above your head ~ sparks
Shooting from your eyes
Blue fire and ice


*
Desire
Moves me continuously
Without ceasing

*
Quiet
Allows all gratitude
To speak


*
I say, I’ll give you everything
One hand behind my back holding
A bag of broken dreams

*
Stay here with lip trembling
From grief or fear
Let me wrap you
In these arms of love


*
I am intimate with God
We chat daily
Listening to each other
Like the fascinated lovers
That we are

*
There has never been one thing
That was not made by his hand
It makes you wonder
What team God plays on


*
The angels
Are standing in line again
Waiting to be given
The staggering opportunity
To eat raviolli
Tie their shoelaces
Wipe a tear
From a child’s eye
Never believe
Anything
Is not sacred

*
If you really get quiet
And Listen
You will hear the sound
Of God thumb tacking love notes
To your ears


*
Flame & Fire
Of Passions Tongue
Licking me clean

*
Today
I sat alone
Loving each of you
Dearly
Through my eyes
And yes
You were alone too
Loving me
With your Smiles


*
Perhaps
It’s time
To Stop Pretending
If your amnesia
Has become
Boring

*
The Advertising Industry
Has not a clue
About Sexy
They would all
Be reaching
For your lips Dear One
Hoping to commodisize
The Divine