Saturday, January 19, 2019

this is true face

Morning practice at hermitage.

After sitting and chanting, this:

A Teaching from Zen Master Jinen,

Original face is just this.

Truth is facing this without concept.


What once was called marrying God, or called heiros gamos, or called becoming a bride of Christ, or any other designation of mystical union with the divine -- was the longing to overcome the perceived and felt separation/alienation common to the experience of distracted, disorientated, or dispersed human beings. It occurs when subjects became objects, and thinking objectification became rife in everyday experience.

Last evening's conversation brought us to the primacy of listening, the primacy of pure looking.

This morning: iiwwii 
Another way to imagine one's way into that which is correlationally, authentically, inchoately whole within and without.

That which is, I suspect, original and current real reality before belief in artificial separation.

Friday, January 18, 2019

absurd: (surdus=deaf, dull)

We're meant to listen to one another in the same way we are meant to listen to the resonant energy flowing -- which we call God.

Listen up!

Don't be dull!


and the music...

"Faith is twenty-four hours of doubt and one minute of hope." (--from film, "The Innocents")

Stark, haunting, and heartbreakingly beautiful.

And the music...

he preached himself through the fear of death

Between 15jan (MLK birthday) and 4apr (MLK deathday) I find a new interstice of holy and intense wonder.

This piece was 11 years ago.
'He Took Us to the Mountaintop'"Many of us, grown men, were crying," Kyles tells Renee Montagne. "We didn't know why we were crying. We had no way of knowing that would be the last speech of his life. And then he took us to the mountaintop ..." 
 "Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life — longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. So I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything, I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.                                                (— the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.)
Kyles says he's "so certain" that King "knew he wouldn't get there, but he wouldn't tell us that. That would have been too heavy for us, so he softened it." 
Afterward, "we had to help him to his seat behind that powerful, prophetic speech,"Kyles says. "He preached himself through the fear of death," Kyles says. "He just got it out of him. He just ... dealt with it. And we were just standing there. It was like, what did he know that we didn't know?" 
A Dream Partially Fulfilled
Kyles, who still preaches in Memphis, says that while much of King's dream has been realized, there's much more to do.  
When he speaks to people who were not alive or too young to remember King, Kyle says he tells them, "we're not going to get to the place where we can say, 'Dr. King's dream has been realized. Now we can go to the beach.' That's not going to happen. Much of it has been realized, but there is so much to do. But each generation will have its portion, and that helps to keep the dream alive."  
(--from, King Remembered on 40th Anniversary of DeathApril 4, 20084:00 PM ET, Heard on  All Things Considered)

life’s victories of doubt

On Frost:
I read “Directive” as one of those few rare poems that are, by Frost’s definitive hope, “a momentary stay against confusion.” The margin of “a momentary stay” is the saving grace of “Directive” and, greatly, its theme. Whoever demands a more ample margin had better be guided up Billy Graham’s public aisle; whoever can exist without metaphor had best forget Frost. But whomever “Directive” privately converts (Frost asks no less) can find his margin roughly extended in that strangely unknown Frost poem, “An Empty Threat”: 
     Better defeat almost,
     If seen clear,
     Than life’s victories of doubt
     That need endless talk talk
     To make them out. 
Terribly though doubt assailed him, nowhere in his work is Frost defeated by it. Skeptically as a lot of poems talk, nowhere in them is doubt victorious. Nor is there any poem that argues “almost better defeat," whether seen clear or not. What must be seen clear is the poised sequence of those words I’ve just disordered. My misquote, “almost better defeat," is narrowly, but wholly and perfectly, different from “better defeat almost.” The difference is as great as one man’s life might be from another’s; the distinction in order is, as Frost would have it, of the order of the distinction between prose and poetry. Defeat-almost was the ordeal of Frost’s life; it is the narrow victory his major poems dramatize, and the human margin of their greatness. As it climbs to marginal redemption through a myth made local by image, through an ordeal heightened by metaphor, “Directive” is one of the greatest. It stays defeat by bettering being lost.

(--from, Robert Frost’s Prime Directive, by Philip Booth. Originally appeared in Master Poems of the English Language, edited by Oscar Williams (Pocket Books, 1966). Reprinted in Trying to Say it: Outlooks and Insights on How Poems Happen by Philip Booth (University of Michigan, 1996). on
This frosty morning.

Following Mary Oliver's death. 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

looking up ἄξιος, finding it a good word

Sometimes, just to luxuriate in a word:

axios: of weight, of worth, worthy
Original Word: ἄξιος, ία, ιον
Part of Speech: Adjective
Transliteration: axios
Phonetic Spelling: (ax'-ee-os)
Definition: of weight, of worth, worthy
Usage: worthy, worthy of, deserving, comparable, suitable.
HELPS Word-studies
514 áksios (an adjective derived from aksō, "to weigh") – properly, to weigh inassigning the matching value ("worth-to-worth"); worthy, i.e. as the assessment in keeping with how something "weighs in" on God's balance-scale of truth

514 /áksios ("weighed-in") "properly means, 'drawing down the scale' hence 'weighing as much as,' 'of like value, worth,' befitting, congruouscorresponding" (J. Thayer).

[514 (áksios) is the root of the English term, "axis." This also refers to a balance-scale, operating by off-setting weights.]

(--from, Strong's Concordance,

faith is where your ass is at!

Epigraph to Norman Mailer's "Harlot's Ghost":
Ephesians 6:12 New International Version (NIV) 
12  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
And yet, it seems there's lots of help from Washington Republicans, Banking Industry, Corporations worldwide, White Nationalists, Sex Traffickers, Drug Cartels, Liars of all stripes, Police excesses, Defense industries, the perduring Unawakened Ignorant,  and (let's face it)  me (dammit) -- all the contributors to the less-than-glorious potential of life-in-the-world as realized by loving, caring, and compassionate beings.

Some words by Daniel Berrigan:
"If you are going to follow Jesus, you better look good on wood." 
"No principle is worth the sacrifice of a single human being. 
"The gift we can offer others is so simple a thing as hope." 
"One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the U.S. around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better." 
"Faith is rarely where your head is at. Nor is it where your heart is at. Faith is where your a-- is at!" 
"The Jesuits I know who have died and all their lives were great teachers, they're the least remembered people." 
"You have to struggle to stay alive and be of use as long as you can." 
"Because success is such a weasel word anyway, it's such a horribly American word, and it's such a vamp and, I think it's a death trap." 
"You can't bank on the outcome." 

gratitude for a real poet

Thank you, Mary Oliver! 
When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder 
if I have made of my life something particular, and real. 
                     (--from, “When Death Comes,” poem by Mary Oliver)
(Born: September 10, 1935, Died: January 17, 2019)

where once becomes

That was then.
Once there was a way 
To get back homeward. 
Once there was a way 
To get back home. 
(--from, Golden Slumbers, by JOHN LENNON, PAUL MCCARTNEY
This is now.

Stay with this.

Where once is all there ever is.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

within/without seminar

A glimpse, at times, is all you get.

Sometimes, it's all that's needed.

The Red Wheelbarrow                
so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white
(--Poem by William Carlos Williams1883 - 1963)  
At prison graduation ceremony yesterday an unconsummated moment when an unfinished carved book (they say) was not presented to me upon the rumor I was finished teaching for the university (and/or) at the prison. I could neither confirm nor deny the rumor beyond my typical end of term "I'm done!"

Speaking to a former graduate about his spirits and feelings I see he (and others) might benefit from a post-grad seminar-of-sorts set up to involve members of the outside community and men on the inside reading agreed upon texts, writing pieces about their thought/feeling/experience, exchanging them inside/outside, commenting, dialoguing, and philosophizing into the next piece of reading/writing. This would be an open support-learning community done within and without to deepen the core reality of our being-with one another and lernen-lassen (letting learning happen).

We could resurrect the title of our year long meetings with individuals at the prison begun in 2015, and expand it -- ILU COTO.

Here's how we described it:
individual learning       understanding       conversation together
(ilu coto translates as: the illusion of barrier, opening beyond preserve/reserve)
1x1 conversation, contemplative, meditative, corresponding   
ilu coto is the invitation to converse with one another about things that open us to what is present, and what is beyond our ordinary awareness. 

And so, this:
A New Seminar 
so much 
at 4AM
silence reveals 
as darkness
slips away 
     (--wfh, 16jan19)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

being led out

In the Maximum Security Prison twenty men today received either an AA or BA degree from The University of Maine at Augusta.

We were there.

Good for the soul, it was.

It was.


awakening reveals

No other.
Ultimately, morality, wisdom, and meditation are equally vital aspects of the Way that mutually condition one another. Awakening reveals the no-thingness of things—that no thing is apart from all other things. To realize truly that there is only this nature, with no “other” outside us, is to naturally want to refrain from causing harm, just as we refrain from doing harm to one of our own limbs or eyes. The Ten Cardinal Precepts then articulate how to live up to this vision of things as they are—as one. Conversely, by upholding the precepts even before awakening, we are allowing the afflictions that obstruct that experience to loosen and dissolve. And since the precepts collectively may be seen as a description of enlightened conduct, in harmonizing with them we are actualizing our buddhanature.
(--from, Pain, Passion, and the Precepts, In upholding the precepts, we actualize our buddhanature, By Bodhin Kjolhede, WINTER 2011)

If no other, then, love one an other.

Monday, January 14, 2019


Soon, someday, the current president will no longer be president.

It will be nice to not be surrounded by ludicrous and meshugas.

It remains to decipher how and why he happened.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

the essence of existence is the out-standing standing within the essential separation

Researching hypokeimenon, (because we are reading Nishida Kitarō tonight), I find the following:

The Hypokeimenon Story.         
Modernism also gave new meaning to what it means to be a subject, and the primary source of this innovation was the ego cogito of Descartes’ Meditations. The pre-Cartesian meaning of subject (Gk. hypokeimenon; Lat. subiectum) can still be seen in the "subjects" one takes in school or the "subject" of a sentence. In this ancient sense all things are subjects, things with "underlying [essential] kernels," as the Greek literally says and as Greek metaphysics proposed. (As opposed to substance metaphysics, the process view of this pansubjectivism makes all individuals subjects of some sort of experience.) After Cartesian doubt, however, there is only one subject of experience of which we are certain--viz., the human thinking subject. All other things in the world, including persons and other sentient beings, have now become objects of thought, not subjects in their own right. Cartesian subjectivism, therefore, gave birth simultaneously to modern objectivism as well. With the influence of the new mechanical cosmology, the stage was set for uniquely modern forms of otherness and alienation.
And this:

Hypokeimenon (Greek: ὑποκείμενον), later often material substratum, is a term in metaphysics which literally means the "underlying thing" (Latinsubiectum).
To search for the hypokeimenon is to search for that substance which persists in a thing going through change—its basic essence.  (Wikipedia)

Finally, this:

20. In his broader “history of being,” Heidegger traces “subjectivism” back to Plato, whose doctrine of the ideas begins a movement whereby truth is no longer understood solely in terms of the manifestation of entities themselves but, instead, becomes a feature of our own “representational” capacities. In this way, truth becomes a matter of the way we secure our knowledge of entities rather than of the prior way entities disclose themselves to us. (On this “displacement of the locus of truth” from being to human subjectivity, see Thomson 2005, p. 160.) 
21. The modern prejudice that (to put it simply) all meaning comes from the human subjectreaches its most powerful apotheosis in Nietzsche and Freud. From Heidegger's perspective, however, this phenomenologically mistaken view misses (and subsequently obscures) the fact that meaning emerges at the prior practical intersection of human beings with their worlds (as well as in our engaged negotiations with one another). Heidegger is thus an ethical realist, one whose phenomenological investigations led him to recognize that the world is no mute partner but, rather, actively contributes to our most profound sense of what matters (see below and Thomson 2004). 
22. In “The Origin of the Work of Art,” Heidegger again presents his phenomenological conception of “existence” as a way to undercut and transcend the modern subject/object dichotomy: “In existence, however, humanity does not first move out of something ‘interior’ to something ‘exterior’; rather, the essence of existence is the out-standing standing within the essential separation [i.e., the ontological difference between being and entities thought in terms of the essential strife that joins “earth and world”] belonging to the clearing of beings.” (PLT 67/GA5 55)  
23. As this suggests, Heidegger's later work is dedicated to detecting, resisting, and, ultimately, transcending what he took to be the core of the Nazi ideology. For a justification of this admittedly provocative claim, see Thomson 2011, Ch. 7. On Heidegger's attempt to transcend aesthetics from within, see also Sallis 2008, Ch. 8. 
(--Notes to Heidegger's Aesthetics, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
There you are!

While I like "the essence of existence is the out-standing standing within the essential separation," (cf.3: 22 above), I also like the pre-Cartesian "subjects in their own right." (cf.1, above).

By-and-by, if I open my mouth beyond Nishida, we should all be asleep by 7:29pm.

surcease solemnity of 3AM

With undulating chant

voices find narrow passage

through inner darkness --

 out-breath opens emptiness

Saturday, January 12, 2019

follow; closely

God does not care for you. 

There's no subject/object here. 

God is care itself. 

And you are nothing other than; God.

six degrees; the nothingness beyond, god

Our yearning to care in a world yearning for care.

At times we don't care.

A coincidence of opposites.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

as monks chant prime

Morning covering of snow.

Spring flowers, autumn moon, 
Summer breeze, winter snow 
When the mind is free from 
Unnecessary thoughts, 
Every season is just perfect! 
                 -- Ekai. (DailyZen)

Morning purring of cat.

first love

1 Jn 4:19-5:4

Those who love God must also love their brother and sister.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint John

Beloved, we love God because
   he first loved us.
If anyone says, “I love God,”
   but hates his brother, he is a liar;
   for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen
   cannot love God whom he has not seen.
This is the commandment we have from him:
whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,
   and everyone who loves the father
   loves also the one begotten by him.
In this way we know that we love the children of God
   when we love God and obey his commandments.
For the love of God is this,
   that we keep his commandments.
And his commandments are not burdensome,
   for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world.
And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.

(--from Readings, Thursday after Epiphany)

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

through chaos reaching

His name was Duffy in the book. 
 "He lived at a little distance from his body, regarding his own acts with doubtful side-glasses." (--from, A Painful Case, by James Joyce, in The Dubliners)
Elsewhere, say, in Washington, another man wanders through chaos reaching for anyone nearby to cling to something solid.

We can only hope he, not the man in the story, moves further and further away into some enclosed setting where his grabbing hands find no one to drag down. 

not necessary to continue in the same direction

Listening to man who wants to build a wall. He is a mountain, not unlike the mountain of refuse at our town dump.
Shān bù zhuǎn lù zhuǎn  [shan bu zhuan lu zhuan] 
A mountain cannot turn, but a road can 
It is not necessary to continue in the same direction, there are other alternatives to avoid an obstacle 
There's more than one way to skin a cat
mountain no turn road turn 
Surely there is a road the rest of us can peregrinate.

Wave to that man.

He, or we, must leave this place. 

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

illimitably, through earth

A day will come when everyone will figure out that stupidity is no way to negotiate the needs of the world.
Whirled by the three passions,
One's eyes go blind; 
Closed to the world of things, 
They see again. 
In this way I live: 
Straw hatted, staff in hand, 
I move illimitably, 
Through earth, through heaven. 
               - Ungo (1580-1659) (
I look forward to seeing that day.

Monday, January 07, 2019

who wants to be forgotten

There is much to worry about here.
Q: "And you don't want to be forgotten?"
A: "Who wants to be forgotten?"
(--Loujain al-Hathloul, interviewed by Mona EL Naggar, NYT video, Ladies First: Saudi Arabia's Female Candidates

In case we forget.

See also The tragedy of Fahad Albutairi and Loujain al-Hathloul, by Kirk Rudell, 1/4/19, Washington Post

There  are  places  in  the  world  where  wealth  and  power  are  hard  luxuries  to  endure.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Epiphany, Theophany, Denha, Little Christmas, Three Kings' Day, a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ

A reading from the first Letter of Saint John
1John 2:18ff

Children, it is the last hour;
   and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming,
   so now many antichrists have appeared.
Thus we know this is the last hour.
They went out from us, but they were not really of our number;
   if they had been, they would have remained with us.
Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number.
But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One,
   and you all have knowledge.
I write to you not because you do not know the truth
   but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth.

Ps 96:1-2, 11-12, 13 

R. (11a) Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
Sing to the LORD a new song;
   sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Sing to the LORD; bless his name;
   announce his salvation, day after day.

R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
   let the sea and what fills it resound;
   let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
Then shall all the trees of the forest exult before the LORD.

R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

The LORD comes,
   he comes to rule the earth.
He shall rule the world with justice
   and the peoples with his constancy.

R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

Jn 1:14a, 12a

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us.
To those who accepted him
he gave power to become the children of God.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Jn 1:1-18
The Word became flesh.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

   In the beginning was the Word,
      and the Word was with God,
      and the Word was God.

He was in the beginning with God.
   All things came to be through him,
      and without him nothing came to be.
   What came to be through him was life,
      and this life was the light of the human race;
   the light shines in the darkness,
      and the darkness has not overcome it.
A man named John was sent from God.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light,
   so that all might believe through him.

He was not the light,
   but came to testify to the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

      He was in the world,
         and the world came to be through him,
         but the world did not know him.
      He came to what was his own,
         but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him
   he gave power to become children of God,
   to those who believe in his name,
   who were born not by natural generation
   nor by human choice nor by a man's decision
   but of God.
      And the Word became flesh
         and made his dwelling among us,
         and we saw his glory,
         the glory as of the Father's only Son,
         full of grace and truth.

John testified to him and cried out, saying,
   “This was he of whom I said,
   ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me
   because he existed before me.’”

From his fullness we have all received,
   grace in place of grace,
   because while the law was given through Moses,
   grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

No one has ever seen God.
The only Son, God, who is at the Father's side,
   has revealed him.

(--Readings, Epiphany Sunday, 6jan19)

...   ...   ...

Radical Trinity. All Reality is Trinitarian: God-Man-World

“The experience of the radical Trinity is to know oneself enveloped in a cosmotheandric perichoresis” (The Fullness of Man).

“There is nothing but God, a God that, as absolute ‘I’, has an eternal ‘Thou’ that is equal to him and nonetheless not a second ‘I’ but always a ‘Thou’. This ‘Thou’ is the Son, is the total Christ who includes the heavens and the earth. All beings share what they are by being one with him, with the Son. All that exists, that is to say, all of reality, is nothing but God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All that exists is nothing but Brahman as sat, cit, and ânanda, as being, consciousness, and beatitude. Sat as the very foundation of all that in one form or another constitutes ‘being’. Cit as the spiritual or intellectual bond that surrounds and penetrates all of reality. Ananda as perfect fullness that receives into itself and inspires everything that reaches out toward it” (The Unknown Christ of Hinduism)

(--Raimon Panikkar,

...   ...   ...

The Manifestation

Many arrivals make us live: the tree becoming
Green, a bird tipping the topmost bough,
A seed pushing itself beyond itself,
The mole making its way through darkest ground,
The worm, intrepid scholar of the soil—
Do these analogies perplex? A sky with clouds,
The motion of the moon, and waves at play,
A sea-wind pausing in a summer tree.

What does what it should do needs nothing more.
The body moves, though slowly, toward desire.
We come to something without knowing why.

(Poem, The Manifestation, by Theodore Roethke)

...   ...   ...

Poem, The Old Poets of China, by Mary Oliver:

Image result for the old poets of china, mary oliver

...   ...   ...

There -- I think we can begin!

Saturday, January 05, 2019

behold they are become wells of good water

In passing, researching "To Be or Not To Be, That is the Question: Yhwh and Ea, by Anne Marie Kitz, in Vol. 80 Issue 2 - Apr 2018, Catholic Biblical Quarterly.

I arrive at Wikipedia,  water and Enki: 
The cosmogenic myth common in Sumer was that of the hieros gamos, a sacred marriage where divine principles in the form of dualistic opposites came together as male and female to give birth to the cosmos. In the epic Enki and Ninhursag, Enki, as lord of Ab or fresh water (also the Sumerian word for semen), is living with his wife in the paradise of Dilmun where
The land of Dilmun is a pure place, the land of Dilmun is a clean place, The land of Dilmun is a clean place, the land of Dilmun is a bright place;
He who is alone laid himself down in Dilmun,
The place, after Enki is clean, that place is bright.
Despite being a place where "the raven uttered no cries" and "the lion killed not, the wolf snatched not the lamb, unknown was the kid-killing dog, unknown was the grain devouring boar", Dilmun had no water and Enki heard the cries of its goddess, Ninsikil, and orders the sun-god Utu to bring fresh water from the Earth for Dilmun. As a result,
Her City Drinks the Water of Abundance, Dilmun Drinks the Water of Abundance,
Her wells of bitter water, behold they are become wells of good water,
Her fields and farms produced crops and grain,
Her city, behold it has become the house of the banks and quays of the land.
Dilmun was identified with Bahrain, whose name in Arabic means "two seas", where the fresh waters of the Arabian aquifer mingle with the salt waters of the Persian Gulf. This mingling of waters was known in Sumerian as Nammu, and was identified as the mother of Enki.
(-- Enki, Wikipedia)
I can imagine the earliest experience of water. It must have seemed that one was drinking God, washing with God, cooking with God, immersing in God. 

In earliest pre-Socratic philosophy, Thales of Miletus said that water was 'it.'
3. Thales says Water is the Primary Principle
Aristotle defined wisdom as knowledge of certain principles and causes (Metaph. 982 a2-3). He commenced his investigation of the wisdom of the philosophers who preceded him, with Thales, the first philosopher, and described Thales as the founder of natural philosophy (Metaph. 983 b21-22). He recorded: 'Thales says that it is water'. 'it' is the nature, the archê, the originating principle. For Thales, this nature was a single material substance, water. Despite the more advanced terminology which Aristotle and Plato had created, Aristotle recorded the doctrines of Thales in terms which were available to Thales in the sixth century B.C.E., Aristotle made a definite statement, and presented it with confidence. It was only when Aristotle attempted to provide the reasons for the opinions that Thales held, and for the theories that he proposed, that he sometimes displayed caution.
(-- Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Thales of Miletus (c. 620 B.C.E.—c. 546 B.C.E.)
Walking with leashed Rokpa in City of Rockland yesterday, melting sand and snow brown puddles at edge of every corner, waiting for new tires to be mounted, I am splashed by passing car with the essence of things on black coat and space grey trousers because that's just the way of things.

The white dog asks why, when there are several hundreds of acres of mountain out behind our house, we are walking the edges of snow and ice and melting mix of sand and salt on city streets, rushing cars uninterested in us after the undulation of temperature following several inches of wet storm the day before.

The various faces of water.

The sniggering sound of God.

you cannot not tell your story

ski walking stick

from barn to zendo --

squeaking snow

pre-dawn chant

Friday, January 04, 2019


water runs

in sink



Thursday, January 03, 2019

madame speaker

New Congressional House.

A nice change.

Let's get started.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

e t h i k o s

Reading 300+ pages of submitted papers.

The day runs out.

Word by word.

nihil obstat

Nothing moves —

still, it arrives at where it is

with no effort, no barriers

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

be forgot

there it is

one day gone

364 remain --

snow on ground

a trappist's thoughts



There come to her doors men beating their breasts, confessing their sins, and having received pardon, they return home with joy...In the same way there draw near to her feet...the sad, the needy, the afflicted, the lonely...The prayers of all these who cry out of whatever tribulation she gladly receives and, making supplication to her Son, in her pity she turns from them every evil...with what great kindness she embraces and loves those who are akin to her in purity of heart...

We trust always in the kindness of Our Blessed Lady. She lets all the mercy that Jesus is come to us.

Orazio Gentileschi, Madonna with Sleeping Christ Child, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum. Lines from our Cistercian father, Amadeus of Lausanne.

still retain the ability to function

2019 will be a troubling, divisive, fateful year. 

2019 will be a loving, kind, compassionate year.
In his essay “The Crack-Up,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”     (--in, 1919: The Year of the Crack-Up, by Ted Widmer, NYT, 31dec18)
See what poet Charles Olson said about this in his poem Love.

Then what a sermon in a Unity-Unitarian church said.

Perhaps we are only as intelligent as the situation presenting itself with its intelligence to our awareness comes to be perceived, embraced, and embodied.

begin again

white smoke wanders dooryard,

wood stove doors open this new

year's morning --

Hebrew word, עזר, (ezer, helper)*

arrives as what we are to 

be with 


...   ...   ...


            *  (note: ezer)