Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"Wonder is Not a Disease"

Photo taken from Facebook page

I've been reading a little of the writings of Alan Watts, 20th Century philosopher. I won't try to characterize him or his thinking here, as his beliefs and teachings are too complex for this space and time. You can find much of his work on the Internet or as curated by his son, Mark Watts.

This poem is inspired by a phrase from his writings.

" wonder is not a disease"

In this sac of blood and bone
is wonder,
budding like a leaf, 
whole and green.

This bursting, if not soul, 
what then?
Not rudimentary output,
hair and and skin.

The universe, at once
strange yet familiar,
is self-contained;
imagination blossoms from within.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Natural Shocks

natural shocks

indignities of the body,
leaks and runs
and crusts,
shameful, smelly fissures, 
wheezes --
this is just
another fiery engine
that clicks and steams 
and rusts,
a clock that's sprung,
a race not won,
an hourglass of dust.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Newness of the Year


Your promises are small
And easy,
Golden sweet as honey,
Strong as tempered steel.
One I choose to follow:
Be still. Be still. Be still.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Time reclaims all work

Photo prompt  The Mag

Time reclaims all work

See,  in the breach
a  green, springy thing,
stronger than the prairie,
more tenacious than a tree.