Posts Tagged ‘spiritual path’


written after viewing The Wayfarer by Hieronymus Bosch, circa 1500



I have learned to love the broken world,

the holes in the roof, the shutters unhinged.

I have learned to love the tapped out barrel

and shattered panes and the stench of men.

And I, I love being a man, which is why, I suppose,

even now as I walk toward some new life,

some life as yet unknown, I turn.

I turn, but do not stop. I turn to see

the life I’ve loved, my home, my friends,

my ochre lot. And trust my feet to lead me,

trust my hidden heart. Trust the bird outside

the cage who guides me through the dust.

And though I know there will be struggle,

though I’m lost to where I’m going,

I begin to fall in love again, this time

with the unknowing.

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(with thanks to Barry Spacks for the fine title)

practice 1:

Do nothing. At the moment
you feel your shoulder
pull back to strike the child
who has just hit his sister
and made her cry. In the next
moment, let the next plan rise.

practice 2:

Let the day know more
than you. Say it is raining.
Say there is a tree. Though it does
not keep you dry, there is a swing
hidden in the branches within reach.
Swing. Though you are drenched,
my god, it is fine to swing.

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Glorious book cover designed by Joel Bass

Glorious book cover designed by Joel Bass

After many months of shuffling and tinkering, here comes The Less I Hold from Turkey Buzzard Press. The title is having a conversation with my book from three years ago, Holding Three Things at Once.

As you all know, who read these poems on the blog, I have a theme of letting go, of surrender, of practicing how to say yes to the world as it is … well, that’s what this collection is all about.

If you live in Colorado, perhaps you can join me at one of these upcoming events:

*Evergreen at Hearthfire Books on Friday, Dec. 7 from 7-9 p.m.,
with Jim Keller and David E. Patton

*Telluride at Between the Covers on Wednesday Dec. 12 at 5:12 p.m, and

*Ridgway at Cimarron Books on Saturday Dec. 15 from 3-5 p.m.

*Cortez at the Cultural Center on Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 5-7 p.m.
with Art Goodtimes and David Feela

*Telluride at the Telluride Historical Museum, Thursday, Dec. 28 from 5-7 p.m.
with an exhibit of Rosemerry’s poetry, books, rocks, videos up all month of Dec.

*Grand Junction at the Art Center on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.
as an emcee for four poets yet to be announced

But no matter where you live, if you would like a copy of the book, you can email me at wordwoman@mesa.net and I will send you your own signed and gift wrapped copy … $15 plus $3 shipping …

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At seven, my son
knows everything.
His mother? She’s practicing
to be like a gulley
guttered after a flood

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