Poetry Rides Again

It’s been a while since I posted one of my poems. (Sorry, life got in the way). But I’m back, and so are they.

Dove Memory


I pasted the poem, a sonnet, by

Edna St. Vincent Millay

above my bed, and hung it below

the pink wallhanging bestowed

upon me by Mother’s last craft sale.


Edna says:

            “I find this frenzy insufficient reason

            for conversation when me meet again.”


I pasted the poem, a sonnet by

Edna St. Vincent Millay

above my cold bed, not for my sake

but yours. Since you chose to break

your ties with my body, shale

stiffness has set my waist

to rest upon beds placed

in rooms cold with indifference.

A new touch from you—deliverance

from all those things chill and hard—

is all I require, but I’ve been barred

from your vocabulary. Send

me a message, like one you meant

yesterday with eyes behind

small glasses, that you won’t mind

putting my waist back in its place.

Make soft what is chill in the space

of a glimpse, the time it takes

doves to open their eyes to wake.

Radical Authenticity — The Daily Post

ADDED BY JILL: “With all due respect, I have lived mindfully, authentically, and with candor since WAY before it was fashionable. Can I get credit for that at least?!” Smile.


This week, explore authenticity and the breadth of our emotional experiences.

via Radical Authenticity — The Daily Post

A point to ponder

“When you learn about something, you form a notion about it. This is very natural. But if you’re then caught by that notion, you don’t let in new information or ideas to change that notion. You cannot progress on your spiritual path. So whatever you have learned, whatever you have heard, you should be careful not to consider it to be the absolute truth. You should be able to let it go in order to arrive at a higher truth. In science, if you discovered something and you believe it to be the ultimate truth, then you won’t search anymore, and you’re no longer a true scientist. The Middle Way is the way of nonduality. It transcends all pairs of opposites, [including right and left], being and nonbeing, birth and death, inside and outside, and object and subject.”—–Thich Nhat Hanh, from his book GOOD CITIZENS

My addition: It’s important never to take anything anyone says at face value. Evaluate and study carefully, and look at all the evidence. Make decisions based only on evidence, and be open to receiving new evidence, even if it does not support your current views or beliefs. Trust reality, and be open to it—-whatever reality is. Anything else is an illusion.