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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

If Love propels
the hummingbird,

who can tell
us how....?

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

This morning, like every morning,
you awaken bleary-eyed, alone
and dreamy..Don’t look 
at your phone or turn on
the news. Instead, open
the back door, walk out
like a man bathing in light
to laugh with the hummingbirds,
complain with the crows,
make love with the pine trees. 


Straddling the illusory
wall between life
and death, silence
and speech, joy
and grief, listening
and talk, wealthy
and poor, elder
and child, rancor
and peace, future
and past, what’s
seen and unseen,
feel the compassionate 
reach of Presence
permeating all
and each,
this anchor spacious
and true,
of love supreme,
while walking 
us home
on our rocky
serene, mostly green,
meandering paths....

Sunday, July 26, 2020

   Why I Hike

I love the music, how
this rhythmic crunching
pleases me homewards, 
as a downhill trail 
of strewn stones
and dirt taut as drumskin
greets my old boots
side-stepping piles
of coyote turds
and cougar scat
turning to pencils
of rodent fur and dust
while birdsong 
erupts and teases,
scatters then fades,
ceasing overhead.   

Wednesday, July 15, 2020


After all that worry
And wasteful regret
I strode past the lone oak
And up the almost

Infinite hill in biting heat
As butterflies swirled
Amidst dying wildflowers 

And lapped a slow swig
Of well-earned water,
Fell on bony knees

Onto rocky ground
And kissed the granite
Slab like a long-lost lover. 

Finally, lifting my sweaty head
Off the boulder’s lap and
Towards Otay’s peak, finally 

For the first time in weeks,
Finally, I smiled....

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Kneeling in dirt
to kiss
the boulder

I taste
its breath

formed of granite,

skittering lizard,

rising heat. 

Within this moment 
all that’s left

is quiet and holy,

less and more
than human,

yet somehow 
alive, completely 

Friday, July 10, 2020

To feast our eyes 
From this daily bowl,

Revelation born 
Of silken dawn

Filled with ease
And light,

Is to be

From head
To toe

To soul

And well

And far