Eyes & Mirrors

The mirrors of the world are too big to cover,

And there is no proper protocols for sitting shiva for a pet…

Yet

We mourn, we keen and cry –

Wail and wet our cheeks with salt and water

And see our sorrow reflected in the mirrors of every eye we meet.

Grief is motion

A commitment to belonging

And longing

And love.

The poodle of these pages has passed.

Oh tooo soon,

And what a long and gracious life!

How many miracles did we have?

Too many to know, or count…

For such is the way with miracles,

Tiny salvations

That pass under our notice daily.

Oh praised be serendipities and Grace

……

The poodle of these pages has passed

But the light remains,

The Love sustains.

……

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The common table

I know that as an obligate carnivore,

I must eat meat….

But if you share your cereal bowl,

it would be really neat.

……..

We all have different foods that fill us,

we have different needs,

But we can still share the common table

With all our different creeds.

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Sabbath Hymns

The loudest hymn

I heard this morning

Filled me with blessings

I scanned the trees looking for the soloist

And there

On the lowest branch

Was the tiniest bird.

……

Sing your sabbath songs

No matter what anyone says

Sing your Love

Out Loud.

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Doorways

I cannot paint the poodle tonight.

He has cancer and is dying.

So I paint those that surround him as he lies on the studio floor.

Looking out the door.

We are all in transition,

We are all on a threshold

Between here and there

Between what was and what will be…

But for now

As we weave the webs of our lives…

We are here.

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Teach a cat to sit

There is no need to teach a cat to sit zazen

But

To have a common language

Regardless of species

Is a good thing

So

The cat teaches me zazen,

And I teach her

The cue for sit.

Together we purr.

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Bump

What is a log to one,

Is a stick to another…

What is a stick to one,

Is a toy to another.

and place of rest for my eye,

And You.

Sometimes we all long

To be a bump on a log…

That’s okay too.

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Tiny blessing

They call me,

Mini Me,

But I am smaller than that,

Je suis petite.

Je suis l’amour!

…..

She was a Snow White blessing

A wee princess in a pink ruff

Just when things we’re getting tough.

Thank you, mon Bebe.

……..

Brave faces,

Hiding tears in the corners of tissues,

You caught one on your tongue…

But you didn’t tell anyone.

The council of the heart is quenched with

Love.

Thank You.

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