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Old 06-24-2011, 09:35 PM
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~ for Thich Nhat Hanh and for Marie

Sans the exclamation marks
These cool blue waters of metta
Soothe its hungry red flame

Trembling allowed
Along with sweaty palms
There is time enough

And world enough
And mountain lakes
And years to come

Barefoot and hammock kisses
Sans the exclamation marks
Cooling Welcome kisses

Slow unhurried kisses
Compost and tree houses
And mountain streams

Nothing is too good
to be true


The gifts of snail and of turtle
Sans the exclamation marks
Leaving traces and trails

Reentering
Traces and trails
Walking pace

And sitting pace
Everything welcome
At the Table

Everyone joined in the Circle
Even with the exclamation marks
The fire and the water joined
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Old 06-30-2011, 10:11 PM
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Having Painted My Door Blue

Having painted my Door lapis-Blue
Some Summers ago
I dreamed of the Grizzly Bear
Outside the Threshold

Which was Water
Which was Silence
Which was Stillness
Which was Fulfillment

Thunder&Lightning
~Crack!~

Echos off nearby mountains

Half as big as an Oak Tree
He stood there looking Hungry
For James

So is it any Wonder
The Zafu and Zabuton
Are Lonely in the corner of this Room
With its Oak Floor
And me furiously typing,
Typing?
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Old 07-02-2011, 05:00 PM
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naked

the violet lovedrunk ribcage!
swimming steady silent
breathing
invisible
wine

notice it and it grows
attend to it and it blooms
stay with it and it awakens
it opens its barred door

the door flies from its hinges

there was never a door!
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Old 07-02-2011, 05:17 PM
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a pattern

the moon is up
and down
the tides are in
and out
the breath rises
and falls
the heart pulses
why was i then
afraid of falling?
what's all of this business
about rising all the time?
letting go is falling
didn't i always say
the burden of holding on
was too much?
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:13 AM
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What Great Thing Awaits?

What is patience if not being here, fully?
What is this game of searching but too-clever a refusal?
What Great Thing Awaits?
What if it were just this? This now? This itself?
What is this longing but its own fulfillment?
Might longing know itself as its own fulfillment?
May thirst and hunger itself be quenched and satiated desire?
What are we waiting for, if not this, itself?
Was Plato quite mistaken?

There is no cave wall, and no cave!
There is only home and home-coming!
No well and no image from its imaginary depths.

Narcissus? A flower!
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:00 AM
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Default General Tso's chicken

Her living room had all the ambiance of the salad bar portion in a Midwestern Chinese Buffet restaurant and I know that sounds unfair, but I could never shake the resemblance.

Her whole house had that quiet, unassuming air of the kind of establishment that signed a rental agreement in a strip mall, filling the gap between a shoe store and a chiropractor, a hole left by an unpopular Italian restaurant.

The fruit laden grape arbor still hangs over the hot bar, plastic vintage failing to even marginally understand the Mongolian beef, and the cheap wine-bottle wainscot wallpaper border smells like sweet and sour sauce when you get up close.

No, the residual décor is not happy at all.

The resulting atmosphere is tense.

You could cut it with a knife, but there are only chopsticks.

Outside on the window, written backwards in Italian with a bar of Irish Spring, there is hateful, antagonistic graffiti:

“General Tso’s chicken.”

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Old 07-05-2011, 12:57 PM
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She Sits and Waits

Longing to feel and thereby know
The clearing
The pattern that connects
The heart of the world
Something beneith 'appearances'
Radiant

I want to say, there is water in the water
The moon has so much moon in it
The breeze on your skin, honey!
Birds, clouds, even the mad traffic jam

I want her to feel our hearts
Touch
The dropping away
of the question
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:08 PM
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Bodhichitta

Wanting to nap
Hot, July, naked on the bed
Where is the deep rest?
I wonder to myself

Here I am
Says bodhichitta
Like a silent memory
Of a Greater Breath
A whisper
Drink me

~Alice in Wonderland?!~

And the cliche
No poet should touch!
The ubiquitous image
Of a water droplet falling
Into a rippling center
Pool

Drink me
I have become stars
Galaxies
Universes
I am weary
Alone
After this many millennia
Sleeping in my
Potential
Drink me
And find rest

Fall
Into
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Variation on the Word Sleep
Margaret Atwood

I would like to watch you sleeping,
which may not happen.
I would like to watch you,
sleeping. I would like to sleep
with you, to enter
your sleep as its smooth dark wave
slides over my head

and walk with you through that lucent
wavering forest of bluegreen leaves
with its watery sun & three moons
towards the cave where you must descend,
towards your worst fear

I would like to give you the silver
branch, the small white flower, the one
word that will protect you
from the grief at the center
of your dream, from the grief
at the center. I would like to follow
you up the long stairway
again & become
the boat that would row you back
carefully, a flame
in two cupped hands
to where your body lies
beside me, and you enter
it as easily as breathing in

I would like to be the air
that inhabits you for a moment
only. I would like to be that unnoticed
& that necessary.
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Old 07-11-2011, 10:32 PM
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Oooh, such lovely, lovely humanness!
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