Posted by: Lisa | October 19, 2014

Swimming Free

Constricted, turbulent
waters burst free and merge
with open, welcoming harbor.

Darkness and free-floating terror
vanish at the sight of you,
my ever-faithful Lover.

A tiny, golden fish
swims serenely to the sea,
trusting You forever.

Posted by: Lisa | October 13, 2014

Make it Happen?

“I like things to happen; and if they don’t happen, I like to make them happen.”
— Winston Churchill

Well. When I first read the above quote, I thought, “How arrogant and presumptuous.”  But that attitude is, of course, the typical attitude of Western society in general.  Go, go, go!  Do, do, do!  MAKE it happen.

That attitude is the opposite of what’s required on the spiritual journey, where the main task (for most of us) is learning to let go, to be quiet, to listen.  To let God be the doer.  In Yoga, it’s called Ishvara-pranidhana – “surrender to the Lord.”  It’s trusting that we make the most “progress” when we allow God to lead.  That doesn’t mean we sit back and do nothing.  But it means we can be patient and wait for God’s timing.

Posted by: Lisa | October 8, 2014

What’s True

Run off! Have fun!
You know you want to.

Maybe. Sometimes.
But I want what’s true.

What’s true? Nothing.
Just look around you.

I trust. God’s real.
Each moment is new.

Bullshit! Mind games.
“Contentment” on cue.

Shut up! You lie.
Love knows what to do.

Posted by: Lisa | September 30, 2014

Bittersweet

I sense you there
in the distance –
flowing eternally,
calling gently.
You soothe
my endless yearning.
Bittersweet,
a love that calls
for death.

Posted by: Lisa | September 28, 2014

Evidence

Clumps of white rose
petals strewn upon
red brick path –
evidence
of yesterday’s wedding.
Hopes and Dreams
blossomed here.

I turn and take
narrow, winding
earthen path –
evidence
of this moment’s calling.
Steps and Breath
present here.

Posted by: Lisa | September 27, 2014

Heron

Heron
swoops in
before me,
wings rustling
the wind.
Light footsteps
barely brush
fertile earth.
Feathers fluff,
eyes take in all.
A quiet, gentle
spirit is.
Then beak jabs
soft ground -
some small snake
captured.
Heron shakes
and shakes
his head
to effect
sure death.
A good meal
on a clear day.

Posted by: John | September 22, 2014

This Little Cub

John cub 1

I have two years on this little cub….
This little cub and I,
we’re still able to fly.
This little cub and I,
we can still make it into the sky.
With this little cub,
I’m still willing to try.

Posted by: Lisa | September 21, 2014

Heaven

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”  –Henry David Thoreau

Recline upon the earth
gaze upon blue sky
breathe with the clouds
thin, white, layered
floating one way
below
opposite way
above
and a tiny wisp
hurrying to catch up

See into a realm
hear rustling leaves
know the Presence
true, sure, holy
always within
bodies
surrounding
pure souls
with endless love
given not counted

Rest the tired mind
open the heart
trust what is seen
Heaven is everywhere
Just look and believe

Posted by: John | September 16, 2014

Bend

If you don’t benda
your agenda,
you could enda.

Posted by: John | September 11, 2014

Under Canopy

Skydiving. I’ve made eight static line jumps and one tandem free fall. So I’ve been under canopy.

I’d like to be under canopy,
just the sky and me.
Think of all I’d see.
Maybe then I’d be free.

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