Art is the Soul’s Inner Pictures

Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye.. it also includes the inner pictures of the soul. – Edvard Munch Imagine a scene: A clan of Ice Age people huddle together in a cave shelter. The dim sun drops below the horizon. Bitter winds howl through the valley below. The light of …

Poem: Soul Outpost-Cantos 5,6

Canto V: Peering over the Edge Tantalized lifeblood flows from the Great Mystery Shift along the shadow border Between the known and the unknown The heart trills like a soaring songbird A succession of defining moments arrive Reality tears away the fancy Consideration gives way to acceptance There is a surrendering to the Real Rudely …

Poetry: Soul Outpost Cantos 3-4

Canto III – Luminous Clarity My downstairs neighbor sweetly strums the Guzheng after Sunday breakfast The radiant music flows through the cement floor into my tiny cloister In the room next to me, my future wife teaches English to anxious middle school students preparing for their monthly exams Their critical class rank measured down 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 …

Be One with the Wild

I thought of the wilderness we had left behind us, open to sea and sky, joyous in its plenitude and simplicity, perfect yet vulnerable, unaware of what is coming, defended by nothing, guarded by no one. – Edward Abbey Check out my wife and I clamming on Youtube Children are taught human beings have five …

World Full of Magic

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. – William Butler Yeats The other morning my neighbor woke me up at 4:00 A.M. I was unable to go back to sleep. Before dawn I grumbled to myself through my morning coffee and breakfast. Setting out, I did not …

The Art of Vision

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible – Jonathan Swift Within and without – reality is a miraculous collage of impressions and expressions. Auras of sensations accompany everything and are revealed by changing perspectives. Divine spirits meld with seemingly mundane objects. The natural world sparkles from the presence of a wonderful purity. Visions abound …

Adapting to Life

Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative. – H.G. Wells From our first breaths to the last, we cope. All of us have adapted to the life we are born into. Some are better adjusted than others, but each and every one of us gets by. Life’s deeply embedded tenacity whispers to …

Eternity in an Hour

To see a world in a grain of sand / And a heaven in a wild flower/ Hold infinity in the palm of your hand / And eternity in an hour. – William Blake We live within multiple worlds ever day. Our dreams, hopes, ambitions all influence our inner worlds to some extent. But there …

Self Transcendence

The question is not what you look at, but what you see. It is only necessary to behold the least fact or phenomenon, however familiar, from a hair’s breadth aside from our habitual path or routine, to be overcome, enchanted by its beauty and significance. – Henry David Thoreau Glorious abundance greets me when I …