Published in Cattails Premier Edition January 2014

  • leaf by leaf

    leaf by leaf
    a lilac emerges
    in birdsong . . .

    cattails  Premier Edition - January 2014

  • Only Connect

    This afternoon I spent several hours in a quiet place on the cliffs above incoming waves looking out to Mana island with clouds swelling up from the horizon. For some of that time an aging Maori couple sat nearby also lost in silent contemplation of their own sublime emptiness. No words were exchanged but the depth of connection between us, the sea, the land, the birds and vegetation brings a stillness that the wind, the sound of birds and the relentless movement of the sea only deepens.
    The wife of a close friend is in the inexorable process of the last stages of metastasized cancer of the liver. Many of us are going through the process with her in the only way that we can be present to the abiding human loneliness she is now experiencing more deeply.
    ebb tide . . .
    the undercurrents
    of silence

    cattails  Premier Edition - January 2014
    Editor's Choice - Haibun

  • step by step

    step by step
    our paths merge together
    as water and wine . . .
    in these unplanned moments
    we sip eternity

    cattails Premier Edition - January 2014
    Editor's Choice - Tanka