Like Words Together Reflections from the deep end of Practice.


Along the Way

Advice I - April 14, 2013 - Portland, OR

Here we find one another.

Still breathing in
And laughter still
Rising to the surface.

Yes, there remain
Sharp, narrow places
Between many of
The breaths.
(most of the breaths)
Exhalations expressing
Out in sighs.

There is also the
Sense of having
Not where, exactly.
Just the feeling
Of having made
It through.

That the Buddha
Assures us
There is a way,
But reminds that
The going can
Be hard.


Sakura Clouds

Sakura Clouds - April 25, 2013 - Wilsonville, OR


Clouds of sakura.
Delicate petals drifting.
Softest, sweetest snow.


April Moon

Yesterday I forgot my personal laptop on my desk at my office. I'd had it with me while taking Mom to her labwork and forgot to drop it off at the house when I took Mom home. Yes, I could have borrowed one of CK's laptops or I could have typed something up on my tablet, but instead I just wrote down a haiku inspired by the gorgeous April full moon.

Old School - April 25, 2013 - Portland, OR

Not sure why there aren't moon-viewing gatherings in the spring, perhaps the weather is less likely to be lovely as it is in autumn. Our new deck is perfect for watching the moon rise and track across the sky. Clearly an autumn party will need to be planned for.

April Moon - April 25, 2013 - Portland, OR

The text of the haiku, if it is too hard to read the tiny picture of it:

Bunny hopping up.
Golden Spring moonrise above.
I gaze in delight.


Flurry of Change

Heart Seeds - April 23, 2013 - Portland, OR


Even as
New flowers turn
Bright, petal faces
Toward the sun
Seeds are falling
Along with the
Faded cherry blossoms.
A kind of flurry
Of change that
Flutters by me
As I stroll past.


Star Flowers

Star Blossoms - April 23, 2013 - Portland, OR


White blossoms like stars
Sing, "Come, let us welcome Spring!"
As I stroll past them.


Simple Pleasure

Simple Pleasure


Grateful for the sun
As it moved across my view.
Warming me gently.



Advice II - April 14, 2013 - Portland, OR

Here we gather,
Clutching our
Memories as
Close as we
Grip a handkerchief
Tight in our fingers.

Breath, coming in sighs
Or held tightly in
Until the whole
Body aches with effort.

We come together
To say goodbye.
Grieving, we share
Although those small
Laughs feel

You are missed.
We know that you
Were unable to feel
This truth in life,
But let our grief
Become the fire
That speeds you
Along to
A new


Spring Surprises

Ruffled Tulips - April 20, 2013 - Portland, OR


Each day in our new home brings a lot of surprises. Finding out what color the camellias are (several: red, white, pink, variegated), waiting to see what colors the rhododendrons will be (white and red, so far), confirming azaleas (purple, white, and perhaps a gold one). Plus small surprises, including this single clump of ruffled tulips all alone.

Tulips unfurling.
Green edges turning to red.
Ruffled Spring surprises.


Hilo Bodhisattva

Bodhisattva - March 5, 2013 - Hilo, HI


Stone Bodhisattva.
I smile back as I walk by.
Offer a small bow.


We Stumble Forward

Dogwood - April 18, 2013 - Forest Grove, OR


What remains is this:
Actions, words, and our memories.
We stumble forward.