sunny day mowing
from nowhere comes a sting-
another, another, another
Why is it that we feel compassion and love for a family member when we see them sick and struggling from the throes of some deadly disease, but on the same hand we judge them harshly when we see them locked in the throes of the even deadlier disease called anger?
The earth borne disease remains with the body upon it’s death, but anger follows the soul. Should we then not be more concerned for our loved one’s anger instead of feeding it? Sometimes even on purpose?
Disease . . . she feeds upon the body.
Anger. . . she feeds upon the soul.
Discerning kindred spirits well she feeds them all
From her blood red bowl.
Love is not a thing you do
It’s something that you wear
Thrilling when newly purchased
Comfortable once worn thread bare
This morning I donned my clothes
And walked to the beach
In search of a gift from the sea.
A memento for you.
As I stood watching the sun break the horizon
In awesome glory.
I thought of you standing beside me
But you weren’t there.
Within the beauty of that moment
I stood alone
And realized how empty
And naked I am
Without your love to clothe me.
I saw the brother in a wheel chair sitting in a corner of the room.
Missed him on first glance
Don’t know how I could have.
His eyes, locked in fight or flight, filled the room with their emptiness. (Does he ever blink?)
A sensitive soul perhaps
Unable to make the midnight blast from family farm to killing field.
Had not the bravado to shake hands with the dead
Nor shake the smell of napalm from his nose.
Taught the fight was amongst men
Hand to hand on the field of battle.
Glory…..Honor and Heroism.
No one mentioned the sight of children dying
And old women crying
And old men frying.
The brother in a wheel chair
Had a tale to tell
But it seemed that few could listen
As the truth is hard to hear.
His eyes, they told it for him.
As I passed him in the lobby
And he sat there all alone
It took me less that a minute to think this thought.
The brother in a wheel chair appeared to have been
Locked in the same thought for the last forty years.
If God sent Man out to search and destroy
Then everything else makes sense.
If Odin be He and warriors be we
And He cared not the consequence.
Then we well trained elite have skipped not a beat
As we’ve ravaged and subdued the land.
Turning flora to mud and fauna to crud
We’ve met and exceeded God Odin’s demand.
But what if this God that we cherish
Were the artist who’d just done His best
Not merely a fable that makes us not able
To see the great danger of soiling His nest?
On the Gurney
Now you’d think a man about to die
Would have a better thought.
A prayer, a plea, a passage
From scripture I’d been taught.
A time of quiet solitude
A time of fear at least
While three grave doctors view a chart
Seek to save me from the Beast.
While Reaper stands before me
And whispers I must depart.
The only thought I’m thinking
Is how bad I gotta fart!
Two scholars spent the better part of an afternoon in a local Portland Starbucks arguing the theories of Evolution versus Creationism. Getting nowhere, they took the advice of the Chinese guy working there and decided to drive to the beach and visit a sage named Chung Lee who reputedly had the answers.
Upon arrival to his shack hidden amongst the coastal dunes not far from Astoria, they parked and started up a hill to where the old sage sat on a cliff facing the sea. After quietly approaching him the old man turned, directed his eyes upon them and asked, “Where’s the coffee?”
The two became puzzled. “Sir, One said. We were told you could help us with the greatest philosophical dilemma of our age . . . perhaps even give us some insight into the theories of which we are about to speak.”
“Yes, of course.” Chung Lee answered. “But go now, next time you come, bring me a cup of Starbucks coffee, then we will speak of your theories.”
The following morning they checked out of their motel at the crack of dawn and returned to the hill. This time One carried a large cup of Starbucks coffee. After greetings, he handed the old sage the cardboard tray and they both opened their portfolios, each anticipating a quick and decisive victory.
Chung Lee, while sipping his coffee quickly went over each theory, handed the papers back, looked out to sea and finished the coffee before beginning to speak.
“The two theories are mere disciplines, and although seemingly opposing views, upon deeper reflection are one and the same. The difference lies in your interpretation and in your desire to understand the mystery. But alas, the mystery cannot be contained within a theory, so you are both beating your learned heads against a brick wall.”
Going on he said. “Each theory is merely a doorway, and being so can never explain the goings on within the room. You need theory to find the doorway, but once opened this very same discipline becomes your stumbling block. Theory will never reveal truth, only the pathway to it.
The two looked at each other, excused themselves and walked back to the car.
“This is a wise man?” One asked the other. “”He sends us for coffee, then he comes up with this gibberish?”
“Yes, it is strange,” answered Two. “Yet his reputation is such that there has to be something we are missing. Let’s give him a chance to prove himself.”
The two went back to where the old man was sitting. “Sir, excuse us, but neither one of us understands. What are we missing?”
The old man held up the empty cup. “This cup will always contain a mystery, but as you smell of it, sip of it, and enjoy the taste of it, you one day realize you don’t really care HOW Starbucks made such a good cup of coffee, you are just glad they did. And thanks be to the mystery, as long as there are people like you seeking to understand it, I will never have to worry about getting my morning cup of coffee.”
The old man dismissed them with a smile and returned his gaze to the sea.
To sit alone and look without
One finds so much to bitch about.
To sit alone and look within
One finds the pathway to begin.
To see that troubles far and wide
That always seem to be
Have greatly likely more than not
Been created solely by thee.
How long old friend shall I be with you?
It’s been a fast and merry ride.
At times a bit too exciting
When we’ve had no place to hide.
While others, we’ve languished along the way
All peaceful and serene.
And oh the mountains we’ve climbed upon
And the valleys deep we’ve seen.
But now that the time is drawing nigh
When it’s ruled we must depart.
Now I wonder how it would have been
Had we had a different start.
But then what more than what we’ve had
What more could we have done?
To bring us yet more closer still
To make us more as one.
As I gaze upon your aged face
A face I hold so dear
I give you one last parting glance
And slowly shuffle from the mirror.