Passion Vitalizes Art: A Poem

Spark the soul’s hearth with courageous fervor The glory of glories does not respond to gentle entreaties The wellspring of creation is unreachable to sober pleas Awakened imagination generates ecstatic abandonment Through art we re-unite with Creation Initiation slithers from fingertipsGlowing vitalitySparkling originalityFrom blankness comes the reflection Transforming the emptiness Through sincere devotion Unquestioned desireUnquenchable …

Off the Beaten Path in China:Part 3

To a mind that is still, the entire universe surrenders. – Zhuangzi Su Shi was ethically unyielding. The subtle political context of one of his poems caused him to be thrown into a dark prison cell for one hundred days. The hopelessness of his miserable condition changed the great genius forever. This terrifying experience further …

Recipe for Joy in Life’s Berry Patch

A somewhat satirical extended metaphor Some of the sweetest berries grow among the sharpest thorns. – Gaelic Proverb Life is like a berry patch The thick brambles of challenges Can seem like impenetrable obstacles Though the passage requires effort Take mindful steps Discover the way forward Prickly sorrowful thorns abound While wounds of disappointment And …