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The dance of the shining blue bird

Breathing and Mumford and Sons in my ears and then you are there, in my being oh, special shining blue bird that I love so much sitting on a rock in the swimming place flying off down the river surely … Continue reading

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A girl sings on a train

If, on a train, you should hear, down the carriage a young girl singing to herself her voice soft, high-pitched innocent beauty emerging effortlessly from her being: if you should hear that, would your heart creak open a little? And … Continue reading

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Stop!

A figure appeared in my life and told me to stop. Normally I send him on his way but this time I gave him space and egged him on. ‘Tell me what to stop,’ I said, ‘go on.’ ‘Stop meditating,’ … Continue reading

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I’m human and he’s divine

I’m human and he’s divine I invited the Buddha and God into a room and smiled at them, and they smiled back. Aren’t you really the same? I asked. Well no, said God, he’s human and I’m divine. Then they … Continue reading

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Are you the man who brings wisdom to the world?

  I listened from afar to the words of one I liked. Eventually I came nearer and called out to him: Are you the man who brings wisdom to the world? I bring what I can, he said. Sometimes I … Continue reading

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Target practice

  You stand at the butts, your bow in your hand, and feel the fear of missing the target rise strong within you. You come to a startling conclusion: if I do not shoot then I cannot miss. You put … Continue reading

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A lamb

I walked a long way for death, early this morning, while clouds scudded above, and gusts surged in the branches. I walked to see again the spread of decay on the track, the guts and eyes gone to scavengers, the … Continue reading

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Every year I rise again from the dead

On Easter Sunday a figure appeared in my inner world; he took me aside and showed me how often I acclaim myself in triumph there, manifesting as the special one. We looked at the times also that I betray myself, … Continue reading

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The bramble tangle

You need a certain amount of aggression to take on a bramble thicket. I fought a good fight with one down by the river; it was taking over the path, threatening, scratchy. My weapons were secateurs and a sickle, my … Continue reading

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Hwaet! Listen to the spring!

Hwaet! Listen to the spring! Hear the squabblings of the sparrows in the eaves, chirp-chattering, pert-prating, hear their fluttering in the guttering, new-nesting, mad-mating; hear the wildling warbling of the curlew, the long-beaked one, woe-full, calling to the ancestors, late-loved, … Continue reading

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She blooms, she blooms

She blooms, she blooms Wake up each morning and create more beauty in the world: start with her heart and pump it full of love, admire her beauty, and bring poetry to her being; she blooms, she blooms – who … Continue reading

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Every year I rise again from the dead

On Easter Sunday a figure appeared in my inner world; he took me aside and showed me how often I acclaim myself in triumph there, manifesting as the special one. We looked at the times also that I betray myself, … Continue reading

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Little boy of nine

Little boy of nine, grieving for your father, I know what faces you, but only my love reaches back through the years; I cannot tell you what you must discover for yourself. He is dead, he is dead. It is … Continue reading

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So I never saw his body

So I never saw his body, waxy, white, and still; and I never saw the coffin, heavy wooden box, lifted carefully from the hearse by unknown men in black suits; and I never sat in the utilitarian crematorium chapel, and … Continue reading

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The troubled North Sea, 1942

Psalm 77 Verse 1 I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. Verse 16 The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths … Continue reading

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The offering

I heard this question one time in the island grove, where we were gathered in the early morning: ‘How does a perfect teaching work?’ An offering dropped gently into my being, as though into the clarity of water; it was … Continue reading

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I will wait for you in the dark

I will wait for you in the dark And I will go with you into the caves: into the darkness, under the earth, leaving this world for another, by the flickering light of torches We will encounter petrified columns, slow-formed … Continue reading

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There is nothing about you that I do not love

There is nothing about you that I do not love There is nothing about you that I do not love. And in being with you I have learned that there is nothing about myself that I cannot love. In your … Continue reading

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As, on a starry Christmas night…

As, on a starry Christmas night… As, on a starry Christmas night, with the sharp cold pinching at your nose, and the frosty snow crunching underfoot, you may co-operate with your family to set fire to a waxy card at … Continue reading

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The one who sits in a room

The one who sits in a room The one who sits in a room and speaks with love dissolves the boundaries between us; the greater the love, the greater the dissolution. The one who sits in a room and speaks … Continue reading

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