Poems From Retreat – Shambhala Mountain Center July 2014, Part II

worthy of trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

speech

 

they say that trees speak

to one another, sharing food

 

and energy, life,

a manner of teaching;

 

that there are mother trees

who pass the last

of their richness to their children

as they die.

 

this

is deep speech,

 

unfathomable speech,

the speech of darkness

 

of water, wood

and of stone.

 

stand at the foot

of a thousand year pine

 

and listen to the wind

as it sings this tree.

 

then close your eyes

and open your mouth-

 

ask of the wind

to sing into you.

 

enter the grove at morning

before the heat of the sun

 

mutes the day — the ancient ones

still speak, still sing

 

in birds and wind,

in shadows, leaves

 

and rain. this was once

your speech,

 

is still

your speech.

 

enter the grove at morning,

before the heat of the sun

 

mutes the day — feel

the deep green speech

 

of this world — pray

once again to be worthy

 

of trees.

 

 

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Poems From Retreat – Shambhala Mountain Center July 2014, Part I

Poems sometimes surface while on retreat. Most simply rise and then fade away, but a few linger long enough to be written down. Here the first of several from a recent retreat in Colorado

golden heads

mountain center

Part I

grasses, tall

ready to seed. sage

intermingled

 

the incongruity

of six bright

blue flowers

 

across the path,

yellow columbines–

aliens everywhere

 

Part II

vetali, vetali

life, life!

 

so little water here, so

precious

 

grow spines

so as not to be eaten

 

then explode three

impossible

yellow flowers

 

for each of us

its either bloom

or die

 

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cactus head