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Perma-love

These flash floods tear through and erode one’s homeland. They wash away the topsoil and leave in their wake gullies, ditches and silt.   The first impulse— divert the flow off the land, renunciate it, so it won’t cause so much trouble!   But then the Divine presents a perma-love way: use the flow to […]

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The Limping Lizard

The lizard limps down the middle of the dirt road. I stop the car, climb out, herd him to the side. He only perseveres back to the center, with a three-legged limp, right front leg held high.   Heart screams, no, poor baby!   He should be lifted on all fours streaking like light across […]

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When the Lights Go Out

  When the lights go out in your house and you can’t even find a candle…   When yellow gas seeps under the door frame and through the vents…   Hold steady and call on the Brilliant One inside.   That light is brighter than the darkness that hides in every corner and nook— that […]

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The Silencer

I strum the guitar and sing with exuberance, all concern burnt away by the fire of my ardor.   A voice penetrates my song—needling, sharp, “That is wrong!”   All music stops. Anger sparks within: If that’s how it must be, then I won’t sing at all.   And so the whole world ceases its […]

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Road Tripping into the Higher Worlds

How would I ever get home if not for this road with all its potholes?   Sometimes I scream in the dark when my headlights aren’t bright enough to light the way.   Or when fog and icy rain lead me to follow random taillights into ditches and even over cliffs.   Or when road blocks […]

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Step Off the Ferris Wheel

I thumb through the photo album. There I am in at age six wearing a Sunday plaid suit. Defiant, I dart my tongue at the camera.   In high school, a pudgy face and body from boarding school starch, I slouch in the Y of a tree.   In college, tan, golden hair, I fondle […]

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Jurassic Scream in the Night

My mate’s head, cheek and teeth sear with lightning pain. His voice grows pale, movements like taffy, a hunted look in his eyes. This man who lifts his loved ones off the ground in enthusiastic hugs now fragile as a dragonfly wing.   Immediately my mind kicks in—must help, must find a cure.   Ask […]

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Time Travel

If I could travel back to that moment when I accepted that seductor’s invitation and instead simply say, “No thank you,” saving me a world of hurt…   If I could go back to that dinner in Africa and not eat that amoeba that stayed in my belly, stealing my strength for decades…   If I […]

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Claim your Playground

The lizard lifts high on his legs and sprints alongside your bike. His pointed nose and yellow stripes blur, as he churns up the dust. The raven swoops low over your shoulder. Her wings say whoosh, whoosh as she breaks open the sky. The water spider skates on an invisible membrane. His Martian shadow dances […]

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Cure the Past

Out of seemingly nowhere it comes a dust devil racing across the desert swirling up an image from a week, a month— ten, twenty, thirty years ago.   It’s suddenly alive, a fighting bull breathing fire: the thing your mate or child or mother said or did or didn’t say or do that knocked you to […]

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