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The Warmth of Love

.  .  . Then I hear you laugh.
I open as a blossom.
One more spring allowed.


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Icicles Drop and Shatter

Sun unzipped by Spring

slashes toward us as ever
smiling in triumph!


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Two

River. Two nuts plop.


Two rings intertwine to sooth
aches of being two.


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No Separate Salvation

Until every soul

steps on the bridge to heaven,
none can come across.


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Love at First Sight

I saw you truly
and thunder rattled my bones.
You were the lightning.


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Water Lilies

Blooming in sunlight
they blaze, but they're not the sun.
Don't make that mistake.


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Dead Moth

Wings forever spread.
Time's flow is an illusion;
death's decay not real.


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Chief Pontiac Hood Ornament
Tearing Through a Tarpaulin

War cry for justice
roars triumphant from within,
shreds fear's old blanket.


*  *  *  *  *


Maple Flowers

Secrets are revealed.
Entire worlds arise then pass
while we're not looking.


*  *  *  *  *


Gathering Clouds

The storm comes with gifts
of awakening thunder
and flashes of light.


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Ripe Mayapples
in a Sunny Meadow

Her spring veil arrayed,
Sun returns beaming with pride
at the sweets she made.


*  *  *  *  *


The Last Autumn Leaf
Falling in a Forest


An orchestra plays
a symphony of sunlight
then, one violin.


*  *  *  *  *


Hot Air Balloon
Above a Railroad Yard

 Lifting on thermals
or attached to heartless rails.
Either way, we move.


*  *  *  *  *


Picking Corn

There's enough for all.
But Nature won't spoon creamed corn
right onto our plates.


*  *  *  *  *


Bright Sky and a
Shadowy Landscape


Light and dark cavort.
The heart needs chiaroscuro
to make its mirror.


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House Sparrow Nesting
in a Stone wall

Wild and wary,
in a flight to find abode;
we've always been home.


*  *  *  *  *


Foggy Morning

Sharp edges softened,
we slip inside to unearth
just another dream.


*  *  *  *  *


House Partially Submerged
by a Flood


Nature reveals Love
wider, deeper and beyond
our comprehension.


*  *  *  *  *


Cow Faces in a Barn Window

Sometimes from the dark
welcome noses might poke out
to light a smile.


*  *  *  *  *


Snow Geese Landing in a Field

Individuals.
Yet the whole flock lives within
each singular heart.


*  *  *  *  *


Corn Stubble in the Snow

Uninhibited,
the earth requests blonde corn rows
in winter's salon.


*  *  *  *  *


Corn Stubble in the Snow
Beneath
Clouds
Resembling an Erupting Geyser

The perfect parade
halts on heaven's snowy lawn
beside the fountain.


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Snow Frosted Briers
at Sunset

Synonymous sigh
from beyond frosty whiskers,
alone and the wind.


*  *  *  *  *


Comparison of Flocks

Canada Geese draft
in poems of chevron verse, but
Snow Geese fly free form.


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Grassy Field Enlightened
by
a Setting Sun

As Thursday's fire
dies away into embers,
one last blaze flares up.


*  *  *  *  *


Snow Covered Field at Twilight

Old Artist Winter
gessoed over the field, but
saved his pastel sky.


*  *  *  *  *


Christmas Tree Lighting
in Princeton

Spruce constellation.
Connection is established.
Fire is reborn.


*  *  *  *  *


Toy Cows on a Shelf

Hard, hollow Holsteins
in a tiny heartless world
can't move forth .  .  .  nor back.


*  *  *  *  *


Blowing Snow

And just when wisdom
lights white upon the jumble,
a new wind awakes.


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Winding Cliffside Road

Fog hides stony curves
along the homeward way, but
the heart paints guidelines.


*  *  *  *  *


Sunbeams Through Clouds

Clouds cross to censor
But the sun laughs behind them
and paints with fire.


*  *  *  *  *


October Snow

As the heart shivers,
grace shows up unexpected
with a soft blanket.


*  *  *  *  *


Rugosa Rose on
Monmouth Beach


Here blooms boutonnieres -
 bright wings to pin upon our
infinite lapel.


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Upon Seeing
Still Life with Absinthe
By Vincent Van Gogh

 When thick clouds descend,
the blaze of Vincent's magic
burns away the fog.


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 Boating in
Phantasmagoria

Life may be a dream,
but I'm merrily awake
when I row beside you.


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 A finger points at the moon,
but is not the moon.
                     - Old Zen saying

Syntax may direct,
 but words are only fingers
pointing at fingers.


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 For a Path To Be True
 It must Be Vertical
.  .  . and Traveled Together

Communion is real.

Cease crossward expedition.
Join hands. Sink. Dissolve.


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The Heart Requires
a Curriculum


Sadness and longing

infinitely expanded
turn into kindness.


*  *  *  *  *


The Sad Irony of
Self-Help Exercises

Attempting presence
precludes this present moment
coming into bloom.


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9. Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

10.  For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

11. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?


Comment on
Ecclesiastes 4:9-11

We need each other
to help push open the gate.
It's our only chance.


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Cruising Home
Through the Illusion
of Time.

Red - right - returning,
  yet we never really left.
These bouys mark a dream.


*  *  *  *  *


I Love You With Neither
Requirement Nor
Condition

Not an entreaty,
my love is truly a prayer
of profound thank you.


*  *  *  *  *


Haiku for September 11th

Sly as the serpent,
yet innocent as the dove.
Will we ever learn?


*  *  *  *  *


Recalculating

  Difficult to know
what is part of the grand plan
and what just my wish!


*  *  *  * *


Whispered Question

The secret of love:
always asking who you are?
Never telling you.


*  *  *  *  *


Discovering Rumi

When you meet Rumi
along the narrowing road,
you are almost home.


*  *  *  *  *


The Commerce of Love

Of my affection,
I extended a blank check.
You filled in the sum.


*  *  *  *  *


Winter Solstice

The slightest of shifts
 the sun returns as always
a new chance allowed


*  *  *  *  *


Ever Expanding Gifts

The heart's ideas
are never lost when given.
They only increase.


*  *  *  *  *


Looking at Van Gogh's
Still Life with Oranges, Lemons and Blue Gloves

Pick up with bare hands
this basket of sweet and tart
within Evergreen.


*  *  *  *  *


Looking at Van Gogh's
Still Life with Onions

Light, love, appetite
placed in an infinite frame.
On what does it hang?


*  *  *  *  *


Forgiveness

God drops all charges.
We don't need to plead our case.
Only we accuse.


*  *  *  *  *


Enlightenment

 
No enlightenment.
Freedom from enlightenment
is freedom indeed!


*  *  *  *  *


Enlightenment with
alternate ending

 
No enlightenment.
Freedom from enlightenment
is enlightenment!


*  *  *  *  *


Infinite Jewelry

Forever frozen
this moment strung as a pearl
on the infinite.


*  *  *  *  *


Infinite Sadness

This longing for you
fills all of eternity.
Presence within pain.



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