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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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Choose the Friend

Keep being me and choosing You even though it feels like the harder thing to do.   In the end this choice of the Friend delivers the highest on the outer and within.

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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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Nestle in with the Moonflowers

I used to think love blossomed in an edgy brilliance like those thistle flowers too prickly to touch and then surely eaten by night rabbits.   But then the Beloved took my hand and flew me into a hurricane the cool blooming chaos of my dreams.   All my worst fears swirled there in the […]

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The Budding Self

If I could only see myself the way I see my garden…   In its fledgling flax and parched penstemon I see graceful limbs and bold blossoms opening to the desert sun.   In the microscopic thyme that barely survived the winter, I see a brave heart. Kneeling to it, I say, “I thought you […]

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Hear the Music

I concentrate to play each note right Pluck the base, strum the treble. Focus on the beat, one-two-three-four. Oh, but don’t forget the syncopation!   Then comes the arpeggio: Fingers move so fast they crash into each other!   And of course the words: I must sing in tune and remember the harmony.   Ahhh—I […]

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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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Born in Winter

If you were born and lived exclusively in winter you might believe that only gray skies and frozen fields exist. You might adapt and learn to love the shimmering flesh of snow. You might master throwing snowballs and appreciate sleeping long hours in the abundant darkness.   But you would not know the tender poppy […]

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Wine

My friend Thomas gave me this poem recently. I couldn’t resist sharing. Wine Blessed One I am the grape You crushed To make the wine Of my soul Thomas Reidy lives in the Santa Fe area, where he designs and builds homes and art studios. His poetry flows in through his ever-deepening relationship with the […]

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Red Cherries & Divine Love

  Divine love—that blissful, quiet stillness within, is real. Every thought, emotion, thing is illusion. I relish the purr of my kitten, the vanilla scent of a ponderosa forest, the taste of sweet cherries, the cool zing of ocean water, laughing with friends and bottomless sleep. I rely on the real. And the photo? Ramah […]

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