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 …

Poetry: Soul Outpost Cantos 1-2

Canto One: Divergence of Paths Gleaming field of white marble monuments Mom’s with Presbyterian cross She will eternally bunk with her sailor boy When he lays himself down to sleep Accompanied by my two beloved daughters I visited the day before leaving for China A remnant of preserved plums Blessed before Chinese ancestors’ tomb Delivered …

Visualizing the Future

Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. – Carl Sagan Happy Weekend. I want to share some of NASA cool data visualizations with you. The …

Ode to My Kite Soul

This body in which I live has ripened to maturity Once supple flesh strains against the yoke of time Outflowing years sculpt my well-seasoned visage Every day I open my eyes is a good day My essence is ever-reaching beyond this tangible frame Entering the green tabernacle I unpack my kite soul Folded within my …

Unfold Your Own Myth

Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. – Rumi Our lives are an ever-unfolding journey set between spiritual ley lines established by personal mythology. A paradise can be found at the end of your nose, if you look for it. Each day of our lives demand a …

Rapture on the Shore: A Sonnet

A lone spirit wanders the foamy line Heart adrift, floating between sand and sea Trod shattered mountains and slick gems of brine Timeless messengers take my soul to thee Mortal coil spun between heaven and earth Escape the unreal web of illusions Draped over my innocent eyes since birth Uncover the mystic in seclusion Touching …

Positive Visualization

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. – Mark Twain Google the phrase “the human mind has the power to shape reality” and you will find my writing. This is not just my personal philosophy. I believe this because I have experienced it. I know it is …

Winter Blooming Plum

A poem dedicated to hope The gray-white dome of tyrannical winter descends Pounds the windows and walls with bluster Chases the sun and stars from the heavens Bare branches bend to winter’s bitter will While the tremulous blooming plum Glitters golden hope midst the gloom A swirl of lace-winged fairies Lift the curtain unto reverie …