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Seeing Stars

“The stars, that nature hung in heaven, and filled their lamps with everlasting oil, give due light to the misled and lonely traveller.” – John Milton One side effect of the wildfires in the West are the clouds of wispy smoke high up in the atmosphere turning the days an overcast grey. At night the…

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Smile

O wondrous creatures, By what strange miracle Do you so often Not smile? – Hafiz, Strange Miracle The world is challenging at the moment.  It’s always been challenging of course, but most of us never really felt the full weight of the world like we do this year.  Still, there’s plenty of reason to smile,…

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Sharing Light

“Let tenderness pour from your eyes The way the Sun gazes warmly on the earth.” – Hafiz, If It Is Not Too Dark There’s enough darkness in the world. Enough anger, accusation and bitterness. Outraged darkness. Indignant darkness. Resentful darkness… it’s not for me. I prefer to share light. Have I been outraged, indignant and…

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No Regrets

“One regret, dear world, That I am determined not to have When I am lying on my deathbed Is that I did not kiss you enough.” – Hafiz, I Am Determined I read this Hafiz poem two ways. On the one hand is traditional love between two people and the lovely sentiment of wishing we’d…

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Poetry in Plumbing

Where does poetry live? In the eye that says, “Wow wee,” In the overpowering felt splendor Every sane mind knows When it realizes—our life dance Is only for a few magic Seconds, From the heart saying, Shouting, “I am so damn Alive.” – Hafiz, “Wow“ This morning I assessed the third different shower I’ll use…

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All The Mind’s Ghosts

“The intelligent and the brave Open every closet in the future and evict All the mind’s ghosts who have the bad habit Of barfing everywhere.”– Hafiz, The Warrior “You’ll see the miracles that happen to you when your senses come unclogged.” – Anthony De Mello, Awareness A month ago I had one of those head…