Sunday, September 30, 2012

It Comes in on Little Cat Feet

week 39

It Comes in on Little Cat Feet


            1.   There are times when you’re part of something far more
                  significant than you know.

            2.   As a group you define your situation and the course of

            3.   You lay out the alternatives to meet your challenge and
                  one-by-one assess their consequences.

            4.   Then somebody beside you or across from you—or even
                  from the outside—says or does something that turns
                  all your heads.

            5.   Suddenly your group’s posture changes. New listening,
                  feeling and moving emerge without prompting.

            6.   Recognition and peace settle in.

            7.   The course is clear.


She was
among us.
It bore its way
as a breaking dawn—
to our small band
and to her
that she hadn’t meant
to do this,
to declare her treasures
and share her travels
so quietly, forcefully.
The keepsakes for us
were the incidentals
of how she came
to be here,
how the events
led to our
little assembly
and why she
believed we
belonged together
in the undertaking—
our agenda withered,
our real work,

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

See What Isn’t There, Then Put it There

week 38

See What Isn’t There, Then Put it There


            1.   Creating and entertaining fantasies is one of the best
                  ways I know to acknowledge what I want!

            2.   It’s a mistake not to know what you want. Some truly
                  may not know and others are embarrassed to say. Wake
                  up. Don’t be embarrassed.

            3.   Suppose you saw The Horse Whisperer starring Robert
                  Redford, and found out you love horses. In a way you
                  never knew.

            4.   So how do you imagine yourself in a life with a horse--
                  even if you’ve seldom been near one?

            5.   Let it fly. Ride one like the wind or nurture a sick one
                  back to life—all in your mind.

            6.   Own the feeling. After all, this is you, what you care
                  about. It’s your creation, bubbled up within. You can’t
                  fake or deny that!

            7.   Make your plan. Write an email. Place your phone call.

                  get in touch with somebody to take the next step. Get to
                  know a horse!


Sitting still
in the corner chair
just past dawn
listening—the window
wide open—
buoyant on the birds’ frolics.
One flew in, pecked me
on my left earlobe
and whispered
“come with me.”
I did and she propped me
up on a dew-dropped leaf
to spritely waves
on the morning’s breeze,
whereupon I spent the day,
and when I returned home,
was surprised to hear
my love’s sweet query:

your journey . . . tell me,
how was it?

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Get Where You Need to Be

Week 37

Get Where You Need to Be


            1.   The where of mind and heart may or may not require a
                  naming based on geography.

            2.   It’s possible to cover millions of miles without a single

            3.   It’s the interruption that’s the imperative. What will you jar loose? Shatter,
                  if need be?

            4.   What will you do to face down the scare, the true  
                  claiming and owning what you know rings true for you?
                  Nothing? Be safe?

            5.   Your only safety is leaving what you love, trusting the

            6.   Your clumsiness, and your pain, even, is your delight; the
                  way to confirm the rightness of your fresh pursuit.

            7.   Who knew till then? Certainly not you: the measure in
                  full of what was wanted.


Getting new
I need to be,
to do new
I need to do
the normal flow
and jostles
the way I
see myself.
It separates me
from my love
and threads me
into new corners.
It spurs my faith
in departures
and distances.
Who awaits?
What demands?
What will I give
that up to now
has not been sought
and cloaked

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