Monthly Archives: February 2014

Becoming Wise

Learn by listening Be not impatient to speak Train your ears to hear   Train your ears to hear collect pebbles of wisdom Build mountain of thoughts   Build mountain of thoughts climb at pace of plodding steps Reach out, … Continue reading

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How To Measure Success

Winning competitionsmay make you a successat the cost of failure for others. I would rather completewith myself,and see if I am able  to attain a higher measurein all that I do–all that is important,to me.   Written for http://poetryblogroll.blogspot.com/Midweek Motif/Success

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My Time

There used to be all the time in the world, youth so hopeful. Uncertainty grows with age nags at brain, how much is left? Enough to see new places, treasured friends? Best to make time. Written for Poetic Asides #256 … Continue reading

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Besieged

Poet’s Sleep, 1989, by Chang Houg Ahn  Oh how they haunt me, those skeletons of half-finished poems. I hear their screams in my sleep, as they creep closer and closer. How will I ever convince my Muse that I must complete … Continue reading

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Eggs vs. Bacon

Of course it was a mock trial, just to stick it to the eggs who always took the high road, trusting in justice to bring in a non-guilty verdict. Bacon was in rare form, crackling and splattering from the witness chair, … Continue reading

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One Duck

In pond, one duck swims Water ripples in his wake Momentary home   Written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai #405-Zenjibuji (Temple 32) Sabishisa, loneliness, is the haiku equivalent of Mu in Zen, a state of absolute spiritual poverty in which, having nothing, we … Continue reading

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Delta

Petitions were written in secret code and named ‘Delta.’  Instrument of the subdued innocents, branded and silenced for life, their blood staining the hands of self-proclaimed god, Nautilus.  Hearts thundered in their chests with need, each breath shivered their bones, … Continue reading

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Lost

Weary, lost travelers In darkness, seek warm lodging Door opens, light blazes   Written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai/Special #78 Pilgrimage to Santiago De Compostela (or The Way of St. James)

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Attorney-at-Law

A toast to our humble ghost, Mr. Atticus Finch, Attorney- at-Law.  Raise your glasses high to signify this man’s moral and ethical height.  He is an advocate for justice to be meted out to black  and white alike, rich or poor. No one … Continue reading

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Space for Light

Teacher inspires Student begins to see light Knowledge brightens scope Written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai #403, Temple 30 Zenrakuji, devoted to Buddha of Infinite Light

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