Oak Trees

A few words of hope :   “Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns; but that is of interest only to pigs.  Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oakContinue reading “Oak Trees”

Her cat, God’s experiment in the imagination

  There’s a wonderful folktale from Scotland, called “The Woman Who Flummoxed the Fairies.”  It’s very hard to find, either online or in books. I heard it once in a lecture from the Jung Institute, and it has stayed with me. I wrote a poem from it: Captured by the Fairies Carried off down theContinue reading “Her cat, God’s experiment in the imagination”

The road winds out to the end of the west

  Another poem from my book At the Year’s Elbow:   The Lighthouse at Point Reyes   The road winds out to the end of the west, where the west falls into fog, into rock and slate water, startled seals raise their heads out of the slatey sea.   The road winds out to theContinue reading “The road winds out to the end of the west”

Facing the wall of faith

Here’s a poem that appears in my book At the Year’s Elbow:   View From Behind   Tapestries look like battlefields from the back. Threads like soldiers in hand to hand combat – who is most resilient? Arms locked,elbows out, clenched fists of knot scattered like small skirmishes across the expanse. Who is most flexible?Continue reading “Facing the wall of faith”

The Inner Life of the Paper Clip

Here’s another poem from my book  Vexed Questions: The Inner Life of the Paper Clip   I’m meditating on the paper clip. A labyrinth with three curved surfaces coiled in upon each other. Silver shines when really it’s the cheapest pliable steel. What does it long to clasp? My students’ work, wet from the rainContinue reading “The Inner Life of the Paper Clip”

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