September 17, 2021

“The Bell and the Blackbird” by David Whyte

The Bell and the Blackbird The sound of a bellStill reverberating,or a blackbird callingfrom a corner of the field,asking you to wakeinto this life,or inviting you deeperinto the one that waits. Either waytakes courage,either way… Continue Reading

September 10, 2021

“Smelling the Wind” by Audre Lorde

Smelling the Wind Rushing headlonginto new silenceyour facedips on my horizonThe nameof a cherished dreamriding my anchorone sweet seasonto cast offon another voyage No reckoning allowedsave the marvelous arithmeticsof distance . Audre Lorde, 1934–1992 ©… Continue Reading

August 27, 2021

“For a Daughter Who Leaves” by Janice Mirikitani

For a Daughter Who Leaves “More than gems in my comb box shaped by theGod of the Sea, I prize you, my daughter. . .”                     … Continue Reading

August 20, 2021

“The Sea” by David Whyte

The Sea The pull is so strong we will not believethe drawing tide is meant for us,I mean the gift, the sea,the place where all the rivers meet. Easy to forget,how the great receiving depthuntamed… Continue Reading

August 20, 2021

“36 Rules for Writers” by Umberto Eco

36 Rules for Writers 1. Avoid alliterations, even if they’re manna for morons. 2. Don’t contribute to the killing of the subjunctive mode, I suggest that the writer use it when necessary. 3. Avoid clichés:… Continue Reading

July 30, 2021

“He Mele Aloha no ka Niu” by Brandy Nālani McDougall

He Mele Aloha no ka Niu I’m so tired of pretendingeach gesture is meaningless, that the clattering of niu leavesand the guttural call of birds overhead say nothing.There are reasons why the lichen and moss… Continue Reading

July 23, 2021

“20 Rules for Writers” by Stephen King

20 Rules for Writers 1. First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all… Continue Reading

July 23, 2021

“Summer” by Robin Coste Lewis

Summer Last summer, two discrete young snakes left their skin on my small porch, two mornings in a row. Being post-modern now, I pretended as if I did not see them, nor understand what I… Continue Reading

July 9, 2021

“The House of Belonging” by David Whyte

The House of Belonging I awoke  this morning  in the gold light  turning this way  and that thinking for  a moment  it was one  day  like any other. But  the veil had gone  from my … Continue Reading

June 4, 2021

“Everything is Waiting for You” by David Whyte

Everything is Waiting for You After Derek Mahon Your great mistake is to act the drama as if you were alone. As if life were a progressive and cunning crime with no witness to the… Continue Reading