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.

Suddenly, Life…

March 28, 2020

There are things
we like to have and do,
and things
we like to avoid.

And suddenly,
life will change the menu,
honing down our options,
to a whole new set
of “cans” and “can’ts”.

And in these times,
we may suffer greatly,
constrained within our little boxes,
unless we learn to stretch and bend
with life’s openings and closings,
to be as flexible and resilient
as life itself.

Selfish Molecules

March 28, 2020

A virus
is just a molecule
that wants to be alive.

It will stop at nothing,
mindlessly striving
to hijack life
for its own ends.

As we hunker down,
waiting for its reign to pass,
there is time to consider
how our own selfish genes
have run rampant over other life,
causing needless suffering
throughout the ages.

A virus has no mind,
but each of us,
its distant cousin,
has been gifted one.

And so,
while we may not lay blame
on the humble virus
for its rapacious mindlessness,
should we not consider
our own?

When Life Happens

March 3, 2020

At any given moment,
disaster may strike,
and I might be
in its midst,
or, just as easily,
at its periphery,
a horrified bystander.

Or I may likewise be
enveloped in some great joy,
gratefully accepting
life’s surprising beneficence.

In these moments,
all my expectations
will come to nothing.

So I will learn to let them go,
and be alert and ready
when life happens.


February 16, 2020

In every moment
is the chance
to pay attention.

allows intention,
which allows choice.

Without them,
we become machines,
playing out old programs,
at the mercy of the patterns
of our past.

We are not fully alive
until we pay attention
to the life within us
and all around us;
and every moment
is a chance
to pay attention.

all our stories

February 3, 2020

Life does not create our problems.

We create them for ourselves
with our endless commentaries.

Beneath all our stories,
there is a silence
where life flows effortlessly
when we allow it.


January 24, 2020

I am signing
a nonaggression pact
with myself.

No more
will I try to fix
what I fear is broken.

No more will I judge
what I don’t understand,
or resist what I am
uncomfortable with.

I am promising
to embrace whatever may come,
to accept it as gift,
to trust in the wisdom
that lives in me
and in everything around me.

To Sit

January 16, 2020

(with gratitude, to Thich Nhat Hanh)

Sometimes I sit,
just for the pleasure
of simply sitting.

Not to learn
to be a better sitter,
but just to be sitting.

Out of Emptiness

January 12, 2020

I was born out of emptiness,
and to emptiness I will return.

The more I look into that darkness,
the more I see the birthplace of everything,
where everything must also return.

And when that day arrives,
I need not fear falling
into some strange, forbidding place,
for I will be going home.

Moments that remind us

January 12, 2020

There comes a time
when memory foam forgets,
and Eveready isn’t ready.

These are the moments
that remind us
that our world is run
by the engine of entropy,
and that things wind down,
by and by.

All our expectations
are but wistful dreams,
destined to dissolve
in the light of day,
when we are given glimpses
of the divine cycle
of becoming and decay,
granting life to everything
in its time.


January 4, 2020

What is nature to us,
except a mirror
of our own nature,
our essence stripped bare
of all our thoughts
and pretensions.