Thursday, March 29, 2018

corner of contrast

when i came upon
this corner

my inner voice


fierce white
against gentle blue

empty space
next to
busy mosaic

left me nothing 
to do

but sigh

"Beauty, pleasure, and the good things of life are intensified, and perhaps only exist, by reason of contrast." (Walter J. Phillips)

This image reminds me that contrast is a wonderful thing….in color and i dare say, temperament. :)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

contemplating the cacti

no, the desert
has never
been my 

i will always choose
broadleaf trees
and rich black soil

here am i
in the dry southwest

watching these cacti
raise their century old arms

into what may be
the bluest sky
i have ever seen

i see you cacti,
i whisper

and suddenly,
so suddenly 

you are

"The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.
If you ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it.
Your life will be impoverished.
But if you invest in beauty, 
it will remain with you all the days of your life.”
-Frank Lloyd Wright

I have said recently in conversation that the desert is “growing on me”. . . which indicates a slow process of coming to appreciate it. I believe that is still true. However, sometimes, awareness of something springs suddenly as it did for me on this trip with the cacti. I think it had to do with taking time to draw closer to them and doing a tour where i learned more about their fascinating lives.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

fullness, incarnate

i dreamt of them
last night

greater canadians
filling the sky

large flocks 
and small

mighty wings

their call

east and west

some distant
and high

barely skimming

but all 
each and every one 
about their holy business

i shouted
in the dream


The dream itself was amazing but when i awoke and headed to the kitchen for my coffee, i saw the exact same scene through my living room windows. It’s not unusual to see a few flock of geese flying to and fro in our vicinity but this morning…..there were  hundreds…..coming from all directions, and  going all directions. The word that came to mind was “fullness”. I enter this day having been “doubly” reminded. :)

We dwell in a living, throbbing art gallery; utterly filled with creativity and purpose.