November 28, 2019

“Five Contemplations” by Thích Nhất Hanh

Five Contemplations Here are Five Contemplations that Buddhist master Thích Nhất Hanh suggests be spoken before a meal. The practice, outlined in his book Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, is a means to transform our… Continue Reading

November 26, 2019

“The Messenger” by Mary Oliver

The Messenger My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird— equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are… Continue Reading

November 19, 2019

“Wild nights – Wild nights!” by Emily Dickinson

Wild nights – Wild nights! Wild Nights – Wild Nights!Were I with theeWild Nights should beOur Luxury! Futile – the winds –To a Heart in port –Done with the Compass –Done with the Chart! Rowing… Continue Reading

November 19, 2019

“Because I could not stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for Death Because I could not stop for Death,He kindly stopped for me;The carriage held but just ourselvesAnd Immortality.We slowly drove, he knew no haste,And I put awayMy labor, and… Continue Reading

November 19, 2019

“Negative Love” by John Donne

Negative Love I never stoop’d so low, as theyWhich on an eye, cheek, lip, can prey;Seldom to them which soar no higherThan virtue, or the mind to admire. For sense and understanding mayKnow what gives… Continue Reading

November 8, 2019

“The Perfect Ease of Grain” by Toni Morrison

The Perfect Ease of Grain The perfect ease of grain Time enough to spill The flavor of a woman carried through the rain. Honey-talk tongues Down home dreams A rushed by shapely prayer. Evening lips… Continue Reading