Monday, May 31, 2010

goddess #40

anger unleashed
lashes out to destroy.
malicious mischief
brings no peace.
not to the maker, nor to the marked
nor to those who walk by
wondering where the family has gone.

may we learn to care tenderly for our anger
before we inflict harm on ourselves or on others.

Monday, May 24, 2010

goddess #39

monday morning, 8:23, new york city
how can there be so many people
toting brief cases
cups of coffee
each intent
on a mission
each keeping his or her earth in its proper orbit
as do i
sitting here
sipping coffee

may we all find more opportunities to let our worlds collide
and break away from our ideas of how things are.

Monday, May 17, 2010

goddess #38

out behind winn dixie
steps from the blacktop
wilderness lives.
palms, grapevines, and wild blackberry
prevail over the discarded debris of civilization,
reclaiming the land for us all.

may we grow ever more thankful
for the nature of earth to renew herself,
and find ways to nurture renewal in ourselves
and in the world.

I have always loved the boundaries of civilization, the narrow places where wildness and civilization collide . . . the weeds that sprout from the cracks in the sidewalk, the vacant lot vibrant with plant life and the cast-off things of city life . . . today a short teaching arrived in my inbox at around the same time I was finding a home for this goddess . . .it's called "See the Wild in the Made".

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

goddess #37

mysterious pathway
wide . . . grassy
bounded by stone walls carefully shaped and placed
here in this final jewel of the necklace.
a carriage road perhaps
from some earlier time
when people dressed and rode in carriages
to visit a museum of the natural world.

may we dwell in nature
know we are nature
and may our hearts delight 
in the beauty of the world.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

goddess #36

tall pine
mossy outcrop
sky bright to dark, just like that . . . 
and now the eerie light
that signals the end of rain
or an immanent downpour.
what lies ahead?
impossible to say
just this perfect moment
teetering on the edge.

may we enjoy each moment giving way
to the uncertainty of the next.