Not Lost in Translation

He who neglects to drink of the spring of experience is likely to die of thirst in the desert of ignorance. – Li Bai (Greatest Tang Dynasty poet: 701AD -762 AD) I got some great news this week. One of my poems – a Haiku – is going to be published in an upcoming issue …

Whale Song Soul Symphony

For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it. – Jacques Cousteau There are linguists who trace the derivation of the word soul to an ancient Germanic root word meaning coming from or belonging to …

Prose Poem: At Sunrise

At sunrise everything is luminous but not clear – Norman Maclean (A Prose Poem) Waking in the predawn hour, while the land slumbers, a transcendent power drifts through the sky. Mysteries cavort in the twilight zone between night’s end and day’s start. It is an indeterminate time for which there is no specific term. The …

Have Faith in Yourself

One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end. – Krishnamurti On this first day of the new decade I found a bottle floating in the surf. The cork of the wine bottle was encrusted with small barnacles and the label on the stem, worn smooth by …

Grateful for the Beauty of Life

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them. – Marcus Aurelius Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so the saying goes. Perhaps that is why I feel that life, no matter how difficult the days and weeks may be, is beautiful. Each of us can …

Light the World

Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness. – Anne Frank Many times events in our lives become tangled up and our days devolve into chaos. It seems there is no end to the trials and tribulations. That is why holidays and taking time away from the hustle and bustle …