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  • The lovers asked me to sing.
    Someone without greed is needed
    to complete what is started.
    (The Drop that Became The Sea, lyric poems by Yunus Emre, p. 7)
  • Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place. ~Rumi
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The Well of Grief - Poem and Image by David Whyte

Dedicated to all those who are grieving today, whether due to natural disaster, unprecented flooding, loss of a loved one, violence, unexpected accident, or despair over our culture or our changing climate. THE WELL OF GRIEF Those who will not slip beneath the still surface on the well of grief, turning down through its black water to the place we cannot breathe, will never know the source from which we drink, the secret water, cold and clear, nor find in the darkness glimmering, the small…

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On Hearing of (A) Death - For Malaysian Air Flight 370

Feeling very sad for the families and those who had loved ones on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and wanting to acknowledge their tremendous loss. Here is a poem from one of my favorite poets, Rilke: On Hearing Of A Death We lack all knowledge of this parting. Deathdoes not deal with us. We have no reasonto show death admiration, love or hate;his mask of feigned tragic lament gives usa false impression. The world's stage is stillfilled with roles which we play. While we worrythat our performances…

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Holding space for those touched by flooding right now

Holding the space of grief and despair for those whose lives have. Been turned upside down by the heavy rains and flooding in Colorado and New Mexico. I was touched this morning by these lines from Rumi: What is sadness, that settles like dust On hearts that are bitter and burdened? The heart that holds God holds an ocean Whose joyous waves make the earth turn. #773, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).

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The World as it is seen, as affirmation

Terns   Don't think just now of the trudging forward of thought, but of the wing-drive of unquestioning affirmation.   It's summer, you never saw such a blue sky, and here they are, those white birds with quick wings,   sweeping over the waves, chattering and plunging,   their thin beaks snapping, their hard eyes happy as little nails.   The years to come -- this is a promise -- will grant you ample time   to try the difficult steps in the empire of thought where you seek for the shining proofs…

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