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.

god

January 3, 2022

The god I believe in
is God The Creator.

She gives birth to everything,
in every moment,
as She always has,
and always will.

She does not judge or label,
as humans do -
she embodies all things,
without words or judgement.

She does not watch
any person or thing -
that is what humans do.

She does not feel joy or wonder -
that is what humans do;
we are the witnesses
of Her creation,
as we were created to be.

She does not love,
as humans do -
She IS love,
as is the GOD
in each of us.

Infinite Spaces

December 14, 2021

There are rooms and windows in my mind,
cavernous spaces, little compartments,
flowing winds, flowing water,
still places, darkness, light,
rooms as big as the universe,
rooms as tiny as a single thought.

I walk, or swim, or fly
through these infinite spaces,
sometimes in my body,
sometimes transparent,
porous, empty,
like a soft breath of air.

Sometimes there is nothing
but endless emptiness,
open in every direction,
and I am the formless observer,
as endless and open
as what is all around me.

This Body

December 3, 2021

This body of mine
is like a trusted old car.

There are some parts
that don’t work as well
as they used to,
but it gets me
where I need to go.

Every day that it takes me
a bit further down my path
is a gift I will receive gratefully,
never taking for granted
each moment
that I’m still here.

Flow

November 29, 2021

Floating,
floating down,
always down,
weightless,
like a feather on a stream,
always flowing down.

Sometimes slowly, softly,
sometimes hard and swift,
always flowing down.

A part of the stream,
a part of a wave,
always flowing down.

There may be a bottom,
an end somewhere,
but this flow,
right here, right now,
is all there is;
this is life.

Letting Go

November 21, 2021

In this moment,
I don’t need a reason
to do whatever I do.

A reason
is only an excuse,
an attempt to explain
what can’t be explained.

In this moment,
I give myself over
as a willing vessel
for whatever Life,
moving through me,
may choose
for me to be or do.

with empty eyes

November 7, 2021

If I did not have a Facebook page,
would I still be “me”?

Or could my sense of self dissolve,
and set my spirit free

to roam the world without the thought
that there’s someone I must be,

to see my world with empty eyes,
and be one with all I see?

within each of us

October 29, 2021

There will always be
a little boy or girl
within each of us.

When we learn to connect with them,
there will be a lot of joyful play
and exploration,
and also an end
to a lot of suffering.

Love and Grief

September 10, 2021

In the flow of energy
that we call life,
everything is impermanent,
and the things we love
pass in and out of existence,
along with everything else.

There is joy to be had
in what is present,
and grief in what is lost,
but what remains, always,
is Love itself.

If you open up your heart to grief,
it will open up to love as well -
love for what once was,
love for all that is,
and love for all
that ever will be.

In the Flow

August 29, 2021

A stream of water,
as it pours out of a pitcher,
has a particular shape and form,
as it it were a solid thing,
but, as our common sense will tell us,
it is a thing of that moment only,
and will lose its form
as soon as its flow ceases.

And how is the flow of life
any different?

Are we each not eddies
in the ebb and flow
of the flood of life?

In each of our fleeting forms
is a reflection of a great design,
an evanescent facet
of the gem of creation.

That is the gift we are given,
our each-ness in the all-ness,
and is that not enough?

What We Feel

August 26, 2021

Emotions
don’t need reasons.

Let them be,
and give them room
to breathe.

Let go of the need
to fix or understand them.

Breathe with them,
breathe into them.

Let them come and go
as they will,
and you will learn
to live with them
in peace.