November 23, 2022

Ode to the Whitman Line “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” by Kimiko Hahn

Ode to the Whitman Line "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" I cannot consider scent without you, I cannotthink that color so gay, so Japanese, so vernal without you; not assassination or any death… Continue Reading

November 18, 2022

“When I Am Among The Trees” by Mary Oliver

When I Am Among The Trees When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness. I… Continue Reading

November 11, 2022

“Poem for Haruko” by June Jordan

Poem for Haruko I never thought I’d keep a record of my pain or happiness like candles lighting the entire soft lace of the air around the full length of your hair/a shower organized by… Continue Reading

November 4, 2022

“Beyond Santiago” by David Whyte

Beyond Santiago Death is so simple,one momentyou are aliveand then,you are not. And that fearyou carry with youmight beequally as simple too, that you’llnever havethe timeto accomplishwhat you wish. But stopa moment now,before the waybeyond,and… Continue Reading

October 28, 2022

“Alone” by Edgar Allan Poe

Alone From childhood’s hour I have not beenAs others were—I have not seenAs others saw—I could not bringMy passions from a common spring—From the same source I have not takenMy sorrow—I could not awakenMy heart… Continue Reading

October 21, 2022

“Greensickness” by Laurel Chen

Greensickness after Gwendolyn Brooks My wild grief didn’t know where to end. Everywhere I looked: a field alive and unburied. Whole swaths of green swallowed the light. All around me, the field was growing. I… Continue Reading

October 14, 2022

“The Monks and the Giant Boulder” a classic Buddhist parable from Jack Kornfield

The Monks and the Boulder An old monk and his two disciples were walking through a field when they came across a giant boulder. The old monk asked the two disciples, “Is this boulder heavy?”… Continue Reading

October 14, 2022

“The Incidence of Oxymorons” by Brian Bilston

The Incidence of Oxymorons Alone together, for once, I told her how I thought that — in my unbiased opinion — the incidence of oxymorons in the English language had been growing smaller. That’s old… Continue Reading

October 7, 2022

“Praying” by Mary Oliver

Praying If doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch a few words together and don’t try to… Continue Reading

September 30, 2022

“Never Still” by Patti Smith

Never Still Travel is its own book.Images we have captured in film, in memory, form its leaves.That when turned, reveal a story of a life.We long to add new pages.We long to explore.We long for… Continue Reading