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.

Learning to Float

May 25, 2020

Swimming against the tides of life
is a struggle not worth living.

Learn instead
to float with the tides,
trusting them to take you
somewhere worth going.

Nothing Needs To Happen

May 20, 2020

The most wonderful discovery
is that nothing needs to happen
for this moment 
to be perfect.

A Peaceful Mind

May 20, 2020

The secret 
to a peaceful mind 
is ignoring opinions, 
especially your own!

Spirit’s Sacred Song

May 9, 2020

I do not need the internet
to tell me how to feel,

and I don’t require a pundit
to show me what is real.

My eyes and heart are open
to what may come along,

and my mind will sing in harmony
with spirit’s sacred song.

without words

April 18, 2020

what does it take
to feel truly alive?

stop,
wherever you are,
and look around you,
and see everything
as if you’ve never
seen it before.

see it without words,
without a history
for each thing.

then you will not
be living in a story,
and life will not
be separate from you.

your life will fall away,
and you will just
be life.

Waiting

April 16, 2020

Things
have a habit
of showing up
when you stop
waiting for them.

Another Virus

April 16, 2020

(with gratitude to William S. Burroughs)

Language is a virus
from inner space
to other
inner spaces.

Our words
can infect the minds
of our fellow humans,
just as another virus
can infect our bodies.

Bad ideas
may kill;
good ideas
may heal.

Clouds and Sky

April 5, 2020

When there are clouds in your sky,
don’t be the clouds.

Be the sky.

What My Teachers Might Say

April 3, 2020

I heard a sad story
on the radio today.

An elderly couple
was held on a cruise ship
for three days,
then kept in quarantine
for fourteen days.

It was a time of suffering,
full of stress and fear.

As I listened,
I felt anger welling up,
until I stopped to think,
“What would my spiritual teachers
have to say about this?”

Perhaps they would say:
“Look beneath your anger,
and most likely,
you will find sadness,
or helplessness,
or hopelessness.

Then, you may look under that,
and you may find compassion,
enough for yourself,
and for everyone”.

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.