Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Somehow the blooming, budding
strawberries in a street-side garden
were a jolt of awareness─
we are truly past winter now,
even though the rain continues
and gray skies are nearly as common
as sunny and blue.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sweet possession

A child dropped his mandarin orange
on the playground sidewalk.
Mom said, “No, don’t pick it up”.
Within minutes it was a glorious feast
for a house fly on an outing. Or,
a beautiful resting place.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Warmth to protect

Yesterday, on a chilly outing
with friends, we saw at the edge of a parking lot
two small, stubby cats entwined on the pavement.
Love making? No, I realized that one cat
was very ill and the other was using its warmth
to protect. Heartbreaking, yet heart affirming.

Note: this feral cat was not one of the cats in this observation,
but one that I had encountered a couple of weeks ago.

Friday, March 16, 2012

A matter of perspective

a young dove overhead
watching me with curiosity:
a reminder that this gray day
offers interesting perspectives--
if I look for them

Sunday, March 11, 2012

After satsang

Reaching skyward,
aspiration made concrete.
The daily task:
rising from separateness,
seems diaphanous
and often slipping away.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A bubble

The day seems evanescent,
perhaps breakable, certainly fragile.
Just floating and waiting,
looking for cause or reason.
The lesson: just be.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Pollen blessed

An untidy row of tulips
most wide open in the early sun.
One fully occupied…a lazing,
pollen-blessed bee
starting Spring’s work,
with Winter not quite gone.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Spring can be gray

Stub ends of last year’s reeds
pushing through a vernal pool.
Summer’s crushing aridity and heat
will provide a new crop of sticks next Spring.
The seasons here are reflected in such plain things,
sometimes. Not everything is green or blooming
to welcome us into a time of rebirth.