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



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



grow spines

so as not to be eaten


then explode three


yellow flowers


for each of us

its either bloom

or die


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