Beyond the world of discovery that music has been for me, there was always the bigger world, the universe of questions about what we’re a part of, how it works, and how to best fit into the larger whole.

My love of words, a fascination with scientific, philosophical, and spiritual inquiry, and a quiet determination to learn how to be a better human (and a happier man) have led me on a path of shaping my experience, breath by breath, into poems.

Here are some of them.

A Birthday Reflection

February 21, 2024

It’s been seventy two spins
around the sun
since I popped out
of my mother’s womb,
and here I am,
grateful to be here still,
for yet another year.

What a gift,
to know that life itself
is the greatest gift,
and that all I really need
is to savor and enjoy
each moment,
to greet each day
with an open mind
and an open heart.

What You Can Do

December 25, 2023

While cleaning out the cat box and repairing a urine-stained part of its enclosure, this flash of insight dawned:

The “best you can do”,
at any given moment,
is most likely just the best
you were WILLING to do,
in that particular moment.

Look past your willingness,
in that particular moment,
past your comfort,
in that moment,
and discover the power
of what you actually can do.

War

December 18, 2023

The trouble with war
is that it makes killing people
you disagree with
acceptable,
not to mention
all the other people
that get killed “accidentally“.

Anyone who thinks
this is a good idea
should not be in power.

If they weren’t,
this might be
a more peaceful world.

Peace Within

December 7, 2023

Peace
is
in
the
spaces
between
your
thoughts.

Go
there.

Seeing

October 24, 2023

My friend said to me:
“See with your heart!”,
her face alive with joy,
aglow with freedom.

My mind couldn’t understand
what her words were saying,
but my heart knew.

I will ask my heart
what this means,
again and again,
like a mantra,
until I know it too.

The Future Is Now

September 10, 2023

As I look out
on the city before me,
in this year of 2023
(a year of the wildest dreams
of my distant youth),
I see the present - a future
we could never have imagined.

The river of time does not flow
along the stream of our imaginings;
it winds through a myriad of dimensions
our linear minds will never follow.

Perhaps it is not our job to navigate,
but instead, to witness in each moment
the wonderment of the ride.

What We Think We Are

May 4, 2023

We are bigger
than we think we are,
stronger
than we think we are,
more resilient
than we think we are.

All that limits us
is what we think we are.

Arrival

May 1, 2023

The story of your life
is not your life.

Let go of the story,
and let life share its riches with you,
one moment at a time.

what is

April 3, 2023

We struggle and strive
for that magical state
where everything will happen
the way it SHOULD happen

blind to the simple fact
that everything DOES happen
exactly as it should.

Life is not about our preferences.

It’s about what is.

god is

March 1, 2023

god is in a sunset,
and god is in a shoe.

god is in all living things,
and god is in me, too.

god is what sees through my eyes
and shows me what is true.

god is what I see around me,
and what I see in you.