She sits in the corner by the window
alligators, gila monsters, rattlesnakes, and piranha.
She shifts her gaze toward the sun and sings
butterflies, pelicans, scarab beetles, and bats.
She laughs and mountains rise.
She raises her arms in exultation
and oceans receive the caresses of rivers,
streams, and glaciers.
She sighs and thunder rolls
from the sunrise of her brow
to the sunset of her breast.
She invites us in, “Sit here”
and takes our hands in hers..
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The Tao doesn’t take sides;
it gives birth to both good and evil.
The Master doesn’t take sides;
she welcomes both saints and sinners.
The Tao is like a bellows:
it is empty yet infinitely capable.
The more you use it, the more it produces;
the more you talk of it, the less you understand.
Hold on to the center.
(Stephen Mitchell’s translation)
I asked the snake, gold/green and sleek,
“Which is better, rain or sunshine?”
The snake struck at my boot and bit,
because I had gotten too close.
My words of enlightened wondering
were felt by the snake
as the warmth of a too-near threat,
and he slipped away,
down the hill like a tiny stream.
There was no good, nor bad in the snake’s bite.
The next time, I will simply stand further away,
and ask again, in a whisper.
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All of life’s questions-
from “What’s for supper?”
to “What does all this really mean?”
can only be answered
by listening to the waters
quietly swirling in earthern jars
being filled with wine..
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I leaned against a tree-
does the kind matter?-
and I looked up
and up and up
to where the bird songs
were being sung.
While I couldn’t see the birds themselves,
I gave them my hopes and visions
as nesting material,
or as food for their chicks.
They will know better than me
how best to use them, if at all.
I took their acceptance of my intrusion
into their home,
as a kind of gratitude,
for our shared canopy
in the Creation that is
The dogs know everything:
where the food is
where the other one is
where they are walking
and that sound, that smell.
Is there more?
When there is no good,
there is no better.
When there is no bad,
there is no very bad.
When there is no beginning,
there is no end.
The dogs know everything
about their moments,
and so teach me about
And now these moments, too.
.The dog, by the way,
does not understand
its name as a name
but as a sound
a blessed sound
and so has no need
for that sound to be
but only spoken.
@David Weber, 2011
Knowing is the beginning of not-knowing.
Curiosity is the doorknob on infinity,
The acorn’s germ is there, still- unseen and present- in the oak tree,
as the oak tree is there, still- unable to be seen, but present-
from the vantage point of the Sun.
As I am there, still- unseen, unheard, but present and breathing-
in the ocean of humanity.
I know very little; therefore, I am.
If you know the acorn, the oak tree, or me..you’ll understand.
But what you understand will disappear quickly into greater knowledge,
as will the acorn and the tree, and as will I ..
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A Great (and Final) Poem January 2010
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