Amidst the terrible events in our nation and worldwide, amidst the sad conflicts our own mind creates, we can pause to appreciate what life offers, right here, right now.


Love Life


Here we ply the corridors of light

but we touch only penetrating darkness

while all around us the universal order

crackles with new-born pleasure.


Summer trees sigh in glistening sun

carp thrash lusty in fertile waters

toad smiles wisely in his calm leaf abode

every beagle and tom is on the prowl.


The wind meanders down the alleyways

hollyhocks shiver at her caressing

over all the hawk soars proudly

and the grand-scheme mouse quivers, alert.


How can we turn away to sorrow

when the Great Being has heaped our platter

we are willful, we lash our backs

curl inward, mightily seal our eyes.


Thunder over the mountain, in the desert

speaks with a voice we cannot fail to hear

though syllables may be obscure

the meaning of this sound is manifest:


Remember to love life in darkness hours

lean on faith and trust to find the light

creation is everywhere gaily unfolding

this moment is your stunning invitation.