Humility

Kings are an endangered species
Time – has taken its toll
Pageantry like ruby slippers
Clings to the wearer’s soul
Better, don a coarse brown tunic
Walk barefoot down the road
Sport humility in grandest fashion
Like the emperor’s new clothes

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The Way It Goes

The way it goes is this
A thousand pardons please
Grin and bear it till your heart
Bleeds upon your sleeve

There’s nothing more to sorry
Than humility can bear
Sit down at the table
Joy may catch you unaware

Madness

Yes, I have a story
Don’t tell me how to tell it
Or maybe I should hide it
In plain sight for all to see

My sparrow guide cries out
“To be or not to be”
I’d rather crawl into a cave
Than lose my sanity

There’s madness in the search for beauty
Truth glides along side
I’m certain, Are you certain, Yes, certain
The sunset straight replied
Then lowered her arms beneath the contour
Around which the mist will rise
Come morning through my bedroom window
I dare you – Improvise!

I Saw You

I saw you walking
On the inside of the edge
Mourning each step while letting go
What do you know that I don’t know?

I saw you stalking
The moon last night
Peering through glass like Galileo
Do you see Heaven in the misty glow?

I heard you praying
Without words, psalms or beads
Folding blue into purple into indigo
Surrendering beneath the weeping willow

I saw you smiling
As you came up for air
Planting your feet in the rolling meadow
Unfolding like the Rose of Jericho

When Nature Dreams

When nature dreams the mountains rise
And crumble in one day
The Blue Bird sings a symphony
In Swedish and francais

Flowers bloom and fade and bloom
And fade for hours and hours –
The unremitting play of life
Staged in brief encounters

Oceans spill their treasures ashore –
Golden trident and glistening mermaids
Poseidon, with one scoop, retrieves
His priceless runaways

Dreams are fancy, dreams are truth
Dreams purge and dreams expire
Yet what nature entertains
Will set the world afire

In Domino Confido

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses”
Some seek to join the parade of immortals
Some parade wisdom through endless discourses
In Domino Confido

How do the angels guard and befriend?
A penny, a sign, from on high they descend?
The image of you in my sleep as I dreamt?
Deus amor est

God speaks to us in a gentle whisper
So heard Elijah after the wind and the fire
Respond in kind to this holy elixir
Amor vincit omnia

One Word

I know so many words
Some take years to learn
Though quintessential – as the air –
We breath without concern

Serendipity is a favorite
No one can deny
Good fortune, be it yea or nay
New horizons multiply

Sonder strips the ego bare
And grounds us to the core
Would all then take their blinders off
And practice no more war

One more is luminescence
A light no wind dispels
The soul consumes its own supply
Or – a simple firefly

I know one word with powers great
That mountains rumble and reply
Open wide the pearl-studded gates
Open wide the needle’s eye

Silence

Wrap me up in the past
Then spin me free of time and space
Inspiration invades my senses
Rising from the commonplace

While I wait for random praise
And cast my pearls upon the floor
Oceans beckon, landscapes listen
Silence is a higher chore

Silence dictates in absentia
Sovereign, Empress, Matron, Queen
Follow her through lowly places
Lucky those her favors glean