now

Prediction

The days are like steps

leading upward

mostly

strengthening

invigorating

discovering.

I could also

burrow

and find just

as much adventure

probably

but they seem to

lead up.

I’m giving up

trying to predict

or in any sense

control any outcome

I may wish.

Sure, I want some

things, but not

rigidly.

So, I know I’ll

only find what’s

there when I get

there.

Fall colored aspen leaf and rose hip. Montana

Fall colored aspen leaf and rose hip. Montana

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Time Travel

In third grade you

start wondering:

how far can you go?

They heard about

other dimensions.

How do we get there?

Are they really there?

What about time

travel?

It’s not just the

thing of movies

anymore, a

fantasy.  They

want to build a

time machine

if that’s what it

takes to get out

of third grade

or their neighborhood.

This isn’t on the

curriculum, but

I try to answer

their questions

and at least

get them thinking.

 

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Being Myself

I can only be myself.

There is no other way to go, to figure

out a better way to live.

Whatever I’m feeling in the

moment

is what is “true” for me at that

instant.

And from there I proceed.

Sometimes I really lose my way.

Confused & helpless, I don’t

know what I want to do

even next.

I muddle through those

days & hours

without a vision of what

I thought was still possible.

They’re only times to go through.

Passing through a storm

lasts until the storm stops.

Eventually it does.

It will come again, don’t worry.

But for now the skies are

clearing & a new day is

dawning.

Wood Duck in pond at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens. Oregon

Wood Duck in pond at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens. Oregon

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Renaissance

Look away

Look around

We are the ones

We’ve been found

We’ve taken the

long way, waited

without a sound.

Hello World out there!

Our voice is getting

louder, everywhere.

See the lights of the

ones who are shining.

We’ve been waiting.

Our turn is now, it

has come

to take back the stage

acknowledged

knighted

crowned.

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Peace is Now

I can only go one day at a time.

One step at a time.

If I try to over-analyze it,

I come up with mush.

My mind needs a rest.

So does my body.

I write because I can.

I can only live one moment

at a time,

so it’s wise to be present as fully as

I can in that one moment.

The future will come.

The past is buried & gone.

Dead.

No one wants to relive it.

You can’t, so don’t even

think about it.

Today it’s quiet. Ear ringing

computer humming and

all else is not assaulting

my senses.

Peace be to you, to me.

We all need a little more

peace than we presently

have, so look to take on

more whenever it is offered

by the universe who knows

you need a lot of it, in today’s

world esp.

One day at a time your peace is

allotted, and you are rich.

Revel in that.  Celebrate it.

 

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In the Now

I made it!  All the way through the day

to the page.

Empty and waiting

whereas the day seemed full

and waiting

but at night, the world tones down

slows

almost stops

it gives you a chance to

harmonize with its reduced

pace, the cover of peace

that blankets the evening hrs.

of bedtime reading

quiet conversation

writing this.

My brain is let off the

hook

only I choose to engage

its processes in writing

and imagination

which is really just recording

my thoughts

& feelings

about being here,

now

not even having

to write another word.

Just be on the page with the

flow of thoughts carrying

me forward

remaining in the now.

Sunset in Hanalei Bay with mangrove tree. Kauai, Hawaii

Sunset in Hanalei Bay with mangrove tree. Kauai, Hawaii

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Faith

People help me when I need help.

Of course, it’s helpful to ask for it.

Not everyone will know you need

help.

Not to chase after it

but if you need something

like this writing

to calm down

then do it

and let the unsure,

scary feelings pass

out of you.

They will go.

Just because there’s a little

pressure that is new

is not a reason to

cash in all your chips

and go home.

Keep going in the

direction you’re going in.

There’s no reason to

give up making

‘conscious’ forward

progress.

 

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Leave It Be

Nature calms your brain,

challenges your ingenuity

to survive physical

hardships.

She encourages.  Just

look up from your mind-

dominated mindset

and see the answers to

your dilemma.

Distracting you from

disaster which is likely

not to happen.

Gear down on the fear.

What you think will

or might happen

isn’t even close to

what normally

happens.

Projection of

“persecution” and

failure aren’t

really close to

materializing.

Yet, somehow you

want to choose (being)

the victim.

Helpless and un-

willing to move a

finger to better

things.  Nature

helps you reset

& reboot for a new

shot.

Ginko leaves with rain drops.

Ginko leaves with rain drops.

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Connection

Love carries us over

coals of pain unnoticed

because of the feelings

of another & for another

override everything else.

Even the memory or awareness

of the loved one takes away

some of the uncomfortableness

of their absence.

So, however thin and

however tenuous that

connection is strained

to, it stays intact

ready to be fortified at

any time.

What we think is not

enough, is enough.

Being in the now

is better than

wishing for a glorious

dream way off

& far away.

So much kindness

is there for the reaching

to grab ahold of

& give a share to

another.

We go through this

existence connected

no matter what

the distance or stress.

 

 

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Start Now

He who hestitates…well, he’ll just

have to wait longer for a result

to happen.  You got all day?  I don’t

either.  So, unless I get started,

nothing will get finished.

Hesitation, procrastination–all

garbage can candidates.

You know what you want.  It’s

inside, sometimes buried under

heaps of non-essentials.

But go digging with whatever

clarity you can manage, and

an acceptable solution will

appear.

Sometimes you just have to

take your best guess as

to what your inner being

is wanting you to see

& do.

But if you wait & don’t

try something–like I

tell my students–I

can’t correct a blank

paper.  Write something,

anything & we’ll see

what you’ve got.

Eroded rock formations in Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

Eroded rock formations in Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

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