INTRODUCTION

    These poems and pictures from my past were originally posted as email "blogs" to some of my friends, acquaintances, and others who expressed interest, beginning in 2009.

    I collect and post them here on my web page, mostly for the fun of reviewing what I have done in the past as one more way of trying to absorb intellectual insights more deeply into myself, thereby becoming what I know "in my head"--that is, see at some distance from who I silently am.

    And, obviously, for the additional pleasure of sharing.....

    If you'd care to be added to my regular list of future blogs, or have friends who might be, let me know and/or send me their addresses.

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THE TRUTH

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THE TRUTH


Although seeking The Truth seems noble,
pretending to have found it is often lauded,
and telling it in court is demanded (under penalty of law!)
I find honesty to be by far the grander quest,
the long lost Holy Grail in heaven here

In the ego-blinding light of honesty
tellable truth pales into but a candle's flicker
in the darker world of social consciousness

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MEETING GOD

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MEETING GOD
When it comes to God
value and cost rarely correlate

So when you look for Spirit
close your eyes and listen to your heart
instead of trying to see the price tags

Paradoxically, it often turns out to be true
that the best things in life are free
                              

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GRANDKIDS

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GRANDKIDS

Most grandparents
I hear tell
have exceptional grandchildren

I am
obviously
no exception

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BEING WELL

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BEING WELL

Well-being, the opposite of sick-being,
is a medical metaphor for heaven,
which is a spacial metaphor for whole-being

Therefore, if you want to be well,
rather than sick, and go to heaven
rather than hell
then wholly be
yourself, that is

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TIME TYRANNY

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TIME TYRANNY


Freedom from tyranny by clock dictation
so often cloaked in social virtues of being on time
plus male idolatry of speed and efficiency
(getting there first with least effort)
is a blessing long known by most women
but rarely embraced by any man


Even retirement and no place to go
let alone get there fast and/or on time
is no guarantee

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BODY AND SOUL

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BODY AND SOUL

Knowing the difference
between body and soul
is important


But knowing that the difference
is all in your head
is even more important

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INSIGHT

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INSIGHT

Seeing
     certainly won't save

But it can be
     an invaluable first step
on the wondrous pilgrimage
     to salvation
in the here and now

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THINKING

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THINKING

To ignore What They Think
is to live dangerously
in relative oblivion;
but to be determined
by this powerful meme
is to abandon oneself
in the light of public opinion

Therefore, to live zestfully in society
be well informed about the beliefs of others
but remain guided by your own thinking

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SOCIALIZATION

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SOCIALIZATION

After the rigors of socialization
re-creating oneself alone
is challenge enough
even for the strong-hearted
but remaining so
and daring to wander and wonder alone
let alone with and among others
calls for more courage
than all but the wildest of souls
can muster day in and out

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BELIEVING

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BELIEVING

Be believing while in the presence of vision
just as you may be smelling in the presence of odors
or hearing in the presence of sounds

But never believe in what you see
or smell or hear
lest you constipate your mind with beliefs
seal your nose with smells
or stopper your ears with sounds
leaving yourself thereafter
unable to keep on thinking,
smelling, or listening

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SMART AND HEART

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SMART AND HEART


Smart may come
from a wealth of concepts
just as heart may flow
from a plethora of images
but warm wisdom must forever remain missing
until head and heart are wedded
in the wholeness of humanity
a man/woman who has become again
the child person we all once were

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SISSY

 

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SISSY


Who can count the cost in time
for a boy with an X chromosome
in 50 trillion cells
who so long cloaks his fears
of being a sissy
in acting brave like a man
that he falls for his own act
and must live confined
in a masculine ego
cut off from the gift of his own creativity
not to mention, his fuller self?

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SEEING GOD

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SACRED MOUNTAIN

It's smart to climb the sacred mountain
looking for the face of God
and wise to descend in silence

Unfortunately, I was wiser in my ignorance
than in my knowledge

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SAYING

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SAYING

Some things are best said
and left undone

Other things done
are best left unsaid

But who is whole enough
to do both
and wise enough
to know the difference?

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 WAYS TO GO

 

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WAYS TO GO


Temporarily, living on top of self repressions
is easier than facing oneself honestly,
especially if you can avoid bumps in the road

Up there, one doesn't "have to" think;
indeed it's better not to think for oneself
and simply accept what you are told;
also, all ills can be safely blamed on outside causes
leaving one free to enjoy denied self-righteousness

But if you're in for the long haul
and sometimes run into a pot hole or two,
better to face challenges of unrepression
returning to claim native resources
needed, indeed essential,
for living well in the world as it is,
especially if you wish
to re-enter Eden

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THINKING AGAIN

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THINKING

It's almost always a mistake
to ask a woman what she's thinking
not, as Merlin told Arthur, because
"they don't do it very much,"
but because the expansive nature of female thinking
is often difficult to reduce to alphabetic combinations,
a problem we train-track, single-minded men,
seldom run into

Wiser, which we rarely are,
we would ask instead:
"How do you feel?"

and then empathize
and read between the lines
for thoughts which may filter through
the wealth of their emotions
if we ever dare to listen carefully

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VULNERABILITY

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VULNERABILITY


A man whose thinking is vulnerable
to a woman's feelings
is as far from heaven here
as a woman whose feelings
are vulnerable to a man's thinking

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AMAZEMENTS

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AMAZEMENTS


Like The Preacher of old
I am amazed at the way
of a ship in the sea, a bird in the air,
a snake on a rock, and a man with a maid


But even more so
I remain continually amazed
at the way of a thought in the mind
and especially how often I try
to squelch, deny, modify, or justify
what otherwise I might digest and pass on
as easily as bread in my mouth
or emotions in my heart

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WILLYNILLYNESS

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WILLYNILLYNESS


We at first look for causes, don't we
because things are easier to see
than no-things, like processes
and naturally we prefer easy
rather than hard

But later, unless easy turns into lazy
we look further than what meets the eyes of the head
daring to see with mind's eyes also

Then, some fortunate times,
if we think past a thing God
we may be graced to glimpse elusive processes
such as, eons of evolution
frolicking in willynillyness
bringing freedom with them
for returning to natural thinking
once more

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BELIEVING II

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BELIEVING

Believing is essential for salvation now
but beliefs, the dry bones of ancient believing,
are damning substitutes for faith
necessary for meeting God here

The true human challenge
is not to have right beliefs
but to keep believing well fed
with its favorite food of honest thinking

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TOLERANCE

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TOLERANCE

Ideally tolerance is but the apex
of dark primal prejudices embraced
and mixed in consciousness
with lighted sense about civilization

But more often than not
tolerance is a phony virtue
based on fierce denials
of Mother Nature's best wisdom so far
a deceptive quest for social approval
rooted in damning personal repressions

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BELIEVERS

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BELIEVERS

In a land of believers
honest thinking is perceived
as a danger to images
based on feelings
even as irrationality threatens
intellectual disbelievers
yet to absorb
their own knowledge

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TRUTHING

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PROCESS OF TRUTHING
OR
MIXING METAPHORS

Outsight precedes insight
both of which come before ingestion
which precedes digestion
hopefully without too much indigestion
and only brief constipation

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EMBODIED

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EMBODIED

To be
is to be embodied

To be
ensouled or enselfed
is to exist in an illusion
all in your head

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WANDERING

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WANDERING


Wandering heartedly
beyond the boundaries of understanding
back into the delightful garden
we all left after we ate the dangerous fruit
of the tree of knowledge of good and evil
without abandoning the paltry benefits of false godhood
is a blessed privilege denied
to those who dare not walk save by sight
let alone to run gleefully
into the ever-present mystery of God

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