We travel through country

respectfully and gratefully,

glimpsing the common urge

to sit quietly under the trees,

listening for the quiet teaching

of the whispering leaves,

the generous wisdom of the birdsong,

the stored warmth of the rocks

and the ancient hum of the mountains.

We travel with open hearts,

even if it is only the spaces

between fear, shame and lack.

But I know beyond all hope

that we all need saving.

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Teach your children to be kind,

show them the wonders of nature,

then we might begin to hope

for peace in our beautiful world….

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Dear Mr. Morrison

How can you stand on truth

when you twist and omit it ?

How can you love your neighbour

when you spread fear and division ?

…..and all for self-advancement.

Do you think

that in our dysfunction and despair

we will tear this world down

and Jesus will return ?

Or will he rather turn away in disgust ?

Have you noticed how self-righteousness

hardens your heart ?

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Your small body

lies recumbent and graceful

beside the road,

one slender foot

just over the white line.

I am tempted to stop

and move it away

from the endless and mindless

passage of our cars.

The soft dusky grey of your fur

turns dark in the morning rain,

sparking unsettling thoughts

of the inevitable decay

over the coming days.

I hope they move you soon,

from my guilty eyes

and the suburban onslaught.

But I need to tell you

that I remember you,

poised and alert

when I passed you on my walk,

watchful and gracious

until I was far enough away.

I remember you

and those long slender feet

propelling you with speed and grace

across the summer grass

… the urgent road

disappears beneath me.

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Blooming (for Grady)

We are born perfect,

open and trusting;

an unbruised petal.

But life can sear our minds,

savage our ears,

stab at our eyes,

and break our hearts.

Our skin is thickened;

a seed that holds our searching heart.


we are spat out by fire,

scattering us to the winds.


we trust ourselves to a grazing bird

to release us somewhere safe

to softly burrow in.

But sometimes

casual boots or cruel fingers

push us deep into unforgiving soil.

And there we wait,

with our relentless thoughts.

But if you let them wander

they will climb toward your truth,

to break new ground,

green and full of promise.

I see you rising and blooming my girl;

your skin shimmers with golden pollens,

your face opening to the sun.

But when the sun is absent

the stamens at your centre

are glowing filaments of light

in your budding space.

As you sit with yourself,

and a growing knowledge

that the sun has never really gone,

you can see the world anew,

like only those who have laboured can……

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Insane Celebrity

Boy George to Donald Trump,

Clowns to Presidents,

Philosophy and vision

eclipsed by narcissistic rant,

Swathes of population too selfish

to see the difference,

too hateful to care….

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You are my little sunshine

named for those we loved,

and your pure smile makes my heart soar,

and melts away a dreary day.

I hope you are always inclined

to clench your fists

and raise your arms in joy!!

with eyes that always see

the beauty in the world

above all sorrows;

and your heart always know

a peace and certainty,

in the triumph of a love

that will always surround you….

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