REMEMBERING MY MOTHER, EDNA EBERTT, ON MOTHER’S DAY

MY MOTHER’S HANDS There is this space at the end of the day Before the long black echo of night, Before the moon flings out its shimmer of icy stars In a flux of silver, like blown glass. There is an emptiness just beyond the sunset That once and yet belongs to my mother’s hands. … Continue reading

FOR EARTH DAY 2018

“Deep peace on the running wave to you. Deep peace on the flowing air to you. Deep peace on the quiet earth to you. Deep peace on the shining stars to you. Deep peace on the gentle night to you, Moon and stars pour their healing light on you. Deep peace to you.”

THOREAU’S WALDEN

Further research for a WIP has brought me to writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) and his classic of early environmentalism, Walden; or, Life in the Woods, first published in 1854. Walden is the product of Thoreau’s two-year stay in the cabin he built in the spring of 1845 by Walden Pond outside Concord, Massachusetts, on … Continue reading

WISHES FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR

Monday “is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one!” — Brad Paisley

FOR THE WINTER SOLSTICE

In honor of the sun–that singular manifestation of the Divine–on the Winter Solstice this Thursday, here is a Hymn to Aten from the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE): All cattle rest upon their pastures, The trees and the plants flourish, The birds flutter in their marshes, Their wings uplifted in adoration to you. All the … Continue reading

U2’s SONGS OF EXPERIENCE — A REVIEW

My take on U2’s extraordinary new release SONGS OF EXPERIENCE. U2’s SONGS OF EXPERIENCE – A REVIEW U2’S SONGS OF EXPERIENCE, arduous in the making—three years, nine producers, fifteen engineers—is outstanding both musically and lyrically, a classic in sound and vision, but for the occasional overreach for updated uber ‘relevance’. To me the ‘production’ focus … Continue reading

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Connecticut Governor Wilbur Cross’ Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1936 has been called “a masterpiece of eloquence.” There are some obvious religious overtones and what might these days be called gender bias, neither of which I endorse, but it’s still worth reading. Here it is in its entirety for 2017: “Timeout of mind at this turn of … Continue reading

EDWARD DOWDEN POEM FOR FALL (IF IT EVER GETS HERE)

Gearing up for fall (if it ever arrives), here’s a poem from 19th Century Irish poet and critic Edward Dowden: AUTUMN SONG Long autumn rain; White mists which choke the vale, and blot the sides Of the bewildered hills; in all the plain No field agleam where the gold pageant was, And silent o’er a … Continue reading

Autumn Approaching

As fall comes on here at the cottage in Southern Ontario, we are seeing more and more geese gathering in preparation for their migration south. In honor of both these birds and the season, here’s a moving poem by the Vietnamese poet, N’Guyen-Khac-Hieu, taken from the outstanding film Winged Migration. “In our next lives, we’ll remember … Continue reading

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

In honor of Earth Day, here’s a 19th century Tewa Indian prayer.                           Song of the Loom. O our Mother the Earth, O our Father the Sky, Your children are we, and with tired backs We bring you the gifts you love. Then weave for us a garment of brightness; May the warp by the … Continue reading

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