An Alternate Reality

Posts tagged ‘Introspection’


Reposted from 1991, but somehow still very timely today.

Where are they now, those carefree times
of chasing bugs and butterflies —
of making forts and angels in the snow.
Years have left us all, somehow,
wondering just where are they now,
those playful days we used to know,
so far away and long ago.

Our innocence has been replaced
by harsh realities we’ve faced.
With scientific facts, the magic wanes.
Trust, the nature of our youth,
is jaded by the light of truth.
Upon our hearts are left the stains
of doubt and fear; ill gotten gains.

While life continues on its way
it’s disillusion’s price we pay.
We lose our faith and then come to conclude
what we’ve called Hope is just a game,
until, for real, it’s seen again,
and then we stare in shamed surprise —
it lingers still, in children’s eyes.

Autumn Musings

As autumn arrives
and the leaves begin to fall
I think of all my leaves
that need to be shed.

Some easily flit away.
Some are stuck fast.

And I wonder why,
why does so much change,
why is this time of life so hard,
why am I here at all?

Spring is the time for hope.
Summer is the time for growth.
Winter is the time for rest.
But, Autumn is the time for musings.


Sometimes I reach the breaking point
but I am never broken.

Sometimes I feel like I can’t stop
but I am always stopping.

Sometimes I feel so screamingly ugly
but there inside is beauty

Sometimes I feel like I could die
but somehow I keep living.


Some people are arrogant
thinking they know everything.

Am I arrogant
thinking I know nothing?

Winter Blues

Sink into the feelings
of sad and bored

Be with them
in their mourning

Not to change them
Not to be rid of them

But just to be present
and acknowledge their worth

Self Portrait in Haiku

I love the morning
streams full of joyful music
but currents run deep

The Stories They Tell

(Stories “told” to me by objects seen on a retreat walk)

A Blue Tile Chip
“I was part of a bathroom wall at an old retreat center,
that was torn down to make way for a new.
I saw many souls come in with tears and pain,
but leave with hope and healing.
I will always remember.”

A Broken Dried Leaf
“My whole life I hung on a tree. Then, near the end,
I helped to feed a young caterpillar who became
a large moth that sailed away on the wind.
I will always remember.”

Deep Holes in a Tree
“From one perspective, I look like an angry face,
with bark wrinkles pecked into eye holes,
but I was a nest that provided shelter for newly
hatched birds. I did what I could for them, and I am
sad that they are gone.
I will always remember.”

Happy New…

Sunshine of a new day
Human definition of a new year
Start of a new beginning
no going back

River of time ever flowing
Everything eternally new
Change, a different way of knowing
everything, and nothing is true

This is now, the warmth of the sun
This is here, the hope of a new start
This is forever, in this one breath
no matter what the calendar says.

harbingers of hope (in awkward haiku)

stuck in a black hole
hard to see the light of day
so full of empty

needing renewal
promise of a better way
seeking space to grow

lost on my journey
can I find my way again
will I know the joy

birds in my backyard
know the light and see the joy
I want to be them

Just a Passing Thought

Clearly, there are moments that have changed our lives,
but how about the lives that have changed our moments?