Like Words Together Reflections from the deep end of Practice.


Fish Watching

Swirls of Pollen - April 29, 2013 - Portland, OR


Heron still, watching.
Hoping to glimpse hiding fish.
Pollen swirls, ripples.


Spring Colors

Rusty Heron - April 29, 2013 - Portland, OR

Spring comes in with
Small bursts of color.
Snowdrops give way
To crocus, which greet
The sweetness of the daphne.
Days grow longer,
Warmer and soon
The world is bursting
In colors from the camellias,
The blaze of azalea, and bright
Torches of rhododendron.
Not to be out done, the
Leaves put on new, bright
Green and ferns uncoil
From the moist earth.


Frog Return

Frog Swimming - April 26, 2013 - Wilsonville, OR

With a plop
I turn to see
A frog surface,
Then glide.

All around the
Shallows there
Are great numbers
Of tiny fish
And tadpoles,
Rushing from my
Great shadow.

Other poets have
Described it better,
Yet still, that "plop"
Of a the frog surfacing,
Inspired poets anew
Each spring.

**Here's Bashō's haiku about ponds and frogs, as translated by Alan Watts:

The old pond,
A frog jumps in:


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