Monday, January 23, 2023

sleeping monk

when I sleep I'm healthy
striding deep in pine forests
up and over gnarly roots
inspecting forest floor mushrooms
and high branch Ravens

when I wake
I'm sick
 with "the cancer"
my very blood is rebelling

Brother John says: "Sleep is God's Medicine".

good remedy for this most tired monk.

Monday, September 19, 2022

morning moment

coming in sideways
won't end for a day or two

mother bends down low
eye to eye
under bright umbrellas
shares a laugh
with her girls.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Post Hiatus Blessings

hey god bless you
may you have a most serene
and peaceful day
and some fun.

rejoice that you are not dead

and remember to not let 
the hard days win.

Thursday, June 2, 2022


smouldering mounds of hay
damp from today's "minor storm"

...a major storm ripped through
about a week ago
twenty minutes of destruction

120 year old barns gone - all gone
horses wander around
no warm stall tonight

trees raining down
twisting metal
crumpling bricks
puncturing houses

early morning chainsaws

Thursday, May 5, 2022

a grave poem

quick drive
no more than three minutes
quick walk
down to her mother's grave

she goes everyday after school
everyday? everyday.

sometime its a short visit
pluck out a few weeds
a "love you mom"
and home

other times
its a lingering lawn chair sit
a one way graveside monologue
a wave of guilt
when the seeping cold, 
mosquitoes, or a steady drizzle
sends her away

    my brother is dead
    he's resting under a stone lamb
    west of town
    I've never gone
         maybe it is time

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

dawn poem

light blue morn
time for temple dog walk
slight glimmering rain

to the east a dayspring sun
cutting low over the fields
to the west double rainbow
high in the forest sky

night poem

cold night air
coming in steady
cross temple breeze
rattling doors
waking tired monks