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.

alpha and omega

May 7, 2021

If there is no God
watching over us,
then it’s just us,
watching over ourselves.

We are the alpha
and omega,
sharing the burden
of our existence.

All that is promised
or threatened
is in our hands.

What would Mr. Rogers say? ​

May 2, 2021

As I learn to be a better friend
to the child within me,
I might ask myself
(when I am at a loss
for words of comfort)
“What would Mr. Rogers say?”

And I would say
(as he might say):
“It’s OK to feel sad;
It’s OK to be afraid.

You are enough,
and you are lovable,
exactly as you are!”

Life Lesson

April 15, 2021

Some things
can’t be fixed.

All there is to do,
is accept the pain,
and learn,
and heal.

Freedom

April 15, 2021

There may come a time
when all your stories
don’t work anymore,

and you stand naked,
knowing that no one
will come to save you,

and then you discover
that you never needed
to be saved.

All the Bad Ideas

April 14, 2021

When it comes down
to what makes us human,
we are all the same.

What separates us
is all the bad ideas
we have told each other
and ourselves.

They whisper in our ears
that they will protect us,
but all they ever do
is feed us the lie
that we are different,
that we are alone.

Permission To Feel

March 29, 2021

I give myself permission
to feel everything
without thinking.

I give myself permission
to see
without thinking.

I give myself permission
to hear
without thinking.

I give myself permission
to know
without thinking.

I give myself permission
to BE
without thinking.

As We Drum

March 29, 2021

As we drum,
we are surfing
on a wave of sound,
riding the rhythm
we are all a part of,
singing the song
of our common heart.

Nature’s Breath

March 17, 2021

Nature pauses
between breaths
as seasons shift,
and birds
and buds
sing a song
of becoming.

Everyone Matters

March 17, 2021

It’s a shame that the alt-right has appropriated the phrase “All lives matter”, because of course, every living being deserves a shot at happiness and an end to suffering.

I matter too,
just because I am here,
just because I am human,
just because I hurt,
just because I feel.

I am not alone;
I am not lost.

I don’t need to be silent.

I don’t need to be anything
that I am not.

All The Way Down

February 27, 2021

Everything we see and touch
is just a temporary arrangement of molecules,
which are temporary arrangements of atoms,
made up of a temporary arrangement of particles
which no one really understands.

It is all just a dance of dancers
dancing the dance of smaller dancers;
turtles, all the way down.

And we are the leaves
of seeing and feeling
ever floating on this sea of change,
marveling at each snapshot
in this endless panorama.