Monthly Archives: September 2015

Bringing her ’round

Bringing her ’round Close to the rocks The autumn swell. Mist colums rise The exhaling forest After the tempest. This weather eye From inside Out. Darkness now The trees still Heavy drops sound. A blackbird startles Then settles the night … Continue reading

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The Beech Forest

The staggering sunshine Of these autumn days Illuminates everything. There is a silent place Far from familiar paths Away from footfalls. Where the beech forest Comes alive with light Deep in dense shade. On the precipitous slopes Of the ancient … Continue reading

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Music

I’m listening to some music as I write this. Indeed, it is because of the music that I have begun to write. George Steiner makes the telling point about music in his fascinating book, Real Presences, where he speaks of … Continue reading

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Splendid Day

Splendid day Tall trees tangled In warming sun. Which gods delight In the human heart Rejoicing? The light softens Hastens toward evening A golden wash. The forested slopes Of the old volcano Napped baize. And the lambent sky Vaults the … Continue reading

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Bounty

The measure of wealth Is the world’s bounty Available to all. Bounty is not a resource Reserved for humans Capable of paying. It is that fraction Effervescent Flowing from the source. The green leaf The pink rose The rainbow trout … Continue reading

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Again?

This one again The same old word Endlessly. The swift stream Mountain torrent Ever playful. When words end There is always song After song laughter. Bowling along Wind blind Restless. Hard against cloud Pinioned by mist I get wet. Lower … Continue reading

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In Place of Instruction II

It is not clear There is no knowing And yet…? The air sharpens Making a crystal dawn Brittle. Dogged in pursuit Chasing it down Looking in a mirror. This green leaf This one leaf Falls. I am grateful for the … Continue reading

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World: No World: True World

What does it mean to be able to say: “I know nothing”? This is an insult to logic! It is no better to say: “I know nothing, including, ‘I know nothing’” How many times do we have to negate the … Continue reading

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The Mu Koan

It is often the case that the first koan given is the “‘Mu’ Koan”: A monk asked Joshu,  “Does a dog have buddhanature?” Joshu replied,  “Mu”. In fact there are many versions of this koan, of many differing lengths, but … Continue reading

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What is the colour?

What is the colour That laughs aloud Against a fiery sky? This dimunitive form Wrapped in leaves Singing out the day. The feathered ferns How quiet In the shadow of the trees. The languid cloud Drapes the sky In dusky … Continue reading

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