Light within Darkness

Light within Darkness

  Out in the night, when the juniper trees are but shadows, and the birds have gone quiet, I turn off my headlamp and look up at the blackness. Slowly, shimmering flecks appear, a cluster here, a river there, until a blizzard of stars dances across the sky...

Dog Dreams

On the bike trail when I fall on rocks and cry over a hurt arm, The rottweiler appears, growling, fangs bared. I jump on my bike and pedal away. On the hiking trail, the husky lunges at our dog strains against his leash snarls and barks. I run, pulling our dog along...

The Ocean Life

I am a sea creature swimming in the Beloved’s warm current. I fly, flip and turn in perfect weightlessness. Never do I have to return to that dense, land-locked realm Where each step leaves a heavy footprint. Here, in the blissful blue, I float on wonder,...

Coyote Chorus

My cat hears it before I do. She lifts her head from my lap and cocks her ears. What is it? I ask. Her eyes widen. Then the ribbon of sound lilts on the morning air, a high call, a harmonizing wail, and the full chorus sings in the dawn. Such is the practice of...
Celebrate the Ouch

Celebrate the Ouch

Celebrate the Ouch. Dance with disappointment even as it steps on your toes. Those times when you are caught like a fly in a web, the pain liquifying your heart, sucking away your life force. Relish the loss. Make it the fuel for the flame that burns within. That...