Under the Map

When I was very young, I often fantasized that there was a world where the only way to communicate was through music. During my high school years, I had a friend who had a theory that musicians were really just singing messages back and forth to each other. And all through my life, just in …

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Say Yes Quickly

Below is one of my favorite poems by Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi. This one is a translation by the American poet, Coleman Barks.There is an interview with Coleman here, in which he speaks to the idea, near and dear to my heart, that ecstatic states are not necessarily limited to transcendent, meditative states that one patiently works years to experience, but …

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The Layers

I heard a beautiful reading of this Stanley Kunitz' poem by Michael Lerner over at Commonweal.org The Layers - Stanley Kunitz I have walked through many lives, some of them my own, and I am not who I was, though some principle of being abides, from which I struggle not to stray. When I look behind, as …

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Who Are You Really Wanderer?

It has been awhile since I posted a WIlliam Stafford poem. Coincindentally, if there is such a thing, I just found out that William's 100th birthday would have been on January 17, and friends here in Oregon have been hosting events in his honor. For more info go here: http://stafford100.org/. Or, you might enjoy reading one …

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Some absorbing work…

  I am part of the load Not rightly balanced I drop off in the grass, like the old Cave-sleepers, to browse wherever I fall. For hundreds of thousands of years I have been dust-grains floating and flying in the will of the air, often forgetting ever being in that state, but in sleep I …

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