Friday, April 12, 2024

ceci n’est pas un poème

after René Magritte

The destiny of this wood,
grown and shaped for fire,
is held now in the hand,
its heart a smoldering pyre,
its breath a ring of smoke,
ascending ever higher.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Cleaning the Classroom

Please put the raucous ruckus
back in the debacle bucket,
and the boisterous bangarang
goes in the commotion compartment.
You’ll find the affray and the fracas
both fit in the fiasco file,
and the hubbub and hullabaloo
in the humbuggy hullabacupboard.
To many, too much of a tumult
just brews up a hateful brouhaha,
but just be uproariously orderly,
and you’ll feel less forlornly than formerly.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Bhagavad Gita Rubaiyat, Part XXXII

Arjuna asked of Krishna, “Dearest Lord,
How can Your qualities be ever scored?
How may I come to know You as You are,
And in what forms and aspects best adored?”

The Lord replied, “O Conqueror of Sleep,
In all created beings I dwell deep
Within their hearts. I their existence sow,
Provide for, nourish, tend and reap.”

“Among celestial orbs, I am the Sun,
The Ganges in each sacred river’s run,
Of things unmoving, Himalayas I,
And true beginning of each thing begun.

“The highest and the best in everything,
The sight in both the seeing and unseeing.
All creation is sustained with but
The smallest piece of My essential being.”

Monday, April 8, 2024


a dark
crescent creeping
reversing our vision
until at last we turn to seek
the light

Saturday, April 6, 2024

What's Wrong with the Music?

Too fast a waltz? Switch to Viennese.
Too slow instead? A cross-step suits it well.
And if it isn’t either one of these,
a rotary, or box-step should be swell.
Do slow and heavy backbeats make you blue?
Try nightclub two-step there, instead of swing.
You’ll find there’s always something you can do
to anything the DJ cares to bring.
So take the music as your guide—you’ll find
there’s nothing wrong with anything you hear,
and with Life’s melody become entwined,
trusting that He who sings it holds you dear.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Order of Operations II

Women and children first, perhaps, but dessert not the least if the last.
Measure twice before your horse crosses the bridge too fast.
Be sure to count up all your chickens before you take that leap,
And look at the cart that’s here today when tomorrow it lands in a heap.
If you can save nine when a business bites once then you’ll find that a quick stitch in time
Will spill the milk over the hatching pleasures better late than never twice shy.
So you’d best be born yesterday like there’s nothing gone tomorrow,
And you’ll find you can fit a month of joy into a day of sorrow.
But just circle back at the end of the day, and you’ll find it’s that stage of the game
where whatever you do and whatever you say, it just turns out the same!

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Bhagavad Gita Rubaiyat, Part XXXI

The soul that dwells within and can maintain
Control of senses, faculties and brain,
Over the body’s city of nine gates
Secure in bliss forevermore shall reign.

He will find peace who knows Me as the One
To Whom devotion’s many streamlets run.
All offerings and sacrifices I
Receive, the dearest Friend of everyone.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Bhagavad Gita Rubaiyat, Part XXX

The great Ashvatta tree, so say the wise,
Has limbs below and branches in the skies;
Its leaves are made of holy Vedic hymns;
From knowing it, true wisdom may arise.

Yet, guna-born, by senses fed and held,
This tree by worldly means cannot be felled.
Its roots extend into this world, and thus
To action, good or bad, we are compelled.

Only the sage, by non-attachment pure,
Can fell this tree whose roots will else endure,
And, finding refuge in its Source beyond,
May thus his true security ensure.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Order of Operations

Parentheses, exponents, multiplication,
     division, addition, subtraction;
Passivity, exclusion, mentation,
     discussion, accord, satisfaction;
Power, extremism, mastery,
     diplomacy, amity, safety;
Poetry, expression, mystery,
     discovery, ascension, samadhi.

Monday, April 1, 2024

April Fools

April fools
but May sees through it;
June has tools,
but July will do it;
August the crown
that September wears;
October frowns,
while November swears;
December ends,
so January may start;
and February tends
to March’s heart.