Dancing Trees

Dancing Trees

In this forest of dancing trees, haunting sounds slip among waving branches. Cries and groans chill the air as though someone is screaming from pain. I crane my head this way and that trying to find the injured rabbit, lost fawn or maybe a trapped raccoon. Soon I see...
Lost in the Forest

Lost in the Forest

A flash of tan dissolves into dark earth my dog friend gone, led astray by his nose seeking the scent of a rabbit. I call and call my fear bouncing off ponderosa trunks their sweet vanilla suddenly grown sour. “Lester, Lester come back!” But the forest stays silent—...
The Inner Garden

The Inner Garden

I plant the seeds carefully using rich soil and compost— tomatoes, beets, radishes, tatsoi, arugula, cucumber and patty pan squash. Then I wait. Soon the tiny seedlings appear. They push up through the soil, a miracle of fragile green! Every morning I go out, check...
The Sacred Text

The Sacred Text

  This day, this moment, this is my Torah, my Bible, my Gita. The pain that clamps my heart the joy that makes me fly, these sacred lessons written on the invisible parchment of my days— they crucify me and resurrect me. They part the sea of my false being so my...
The Seed at Your Center

The Seed at Your Center

  That dog who growls at you the pain gnawing at your heart the silent mate arguing client meowing cat… All swim inside the circle of you. They materialize exactly when the Beloved ordains, so they may most serve you. Each is a seed, at first appearing as little...