Like Words Together Reflections from the deep end of Practice.

22Apr/130

Simple Pleasure

Simple Pleasure

 

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

21Apr/132

Mourning

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
Eulogies,
Poems,
Song,
Laughter,
Although those small
Laughs feel
Brittle.

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
Beginning.

21Apr/130

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.

19Apr/130

Hilo Bodhisattva

Bodhisattva - March 5, 2013 - Hilo, HI

 

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

18Apr/130

We Stumble Forward

Dogwood - April 18, 2013 - Forest Grove, OR

 

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

17Apr/130

The Flowers Don’t Care

Spring Tree - April 15, 2013 - Wilsonville, OR

 

The flowers don't care.
Without noticing my grief
They reach for the sun.

16Apr/130

Arising

Arising - April 16, 2013 - Wilsonville, OR

Each winter the
Stream and ponds
Darken with algae,
Obscuring the light.

Sunlight's increase
Gradually warms,
Then clears,
Invites
Growth.

Soon the
Lotus grow
Anew.
Arising from
The muck
Beneath the
Clear waters.

15Apr/130

Changable Weather

April Evening - April 15, 2013 - Portland, OR

Spring is
For changeable
Weather.
Gray rain
Clouds suddenly
Blow apart
Revealing
Such glorious
Color and
Light
That I am
Laughing
With
Delight.

14Apr/130

The Energy of Spring

Blossoms - April 12, 2013 - Portland, OR

 

The energy of spring.
Life demanding to burst forth.
Exploding in growth.

13Apr/130

Sorting

Still Pond - April 12, 2013 - Portland, OR

Today I helped with the sorting at my friend's apartment. The packing, the sifting, the cataloging, analyzing, and inventorying of a life. It is so hard.

Before going to do that, while CK attended a planning meeting for our fiend's memorial, I went out to skim the pond. It is a task that calls to me in our new home, definitely a work practice. Even as I lift pine needles off the surface of the water the wind blows new ones down, always more to be removed. I like the sound of the water dripping, the movement of the net made of silk screen material, finding the best method for collecting the needles and leaves.

Today I discovered that some of the water lilies we saw leaves for last summer have survived the winter and was lifting small, red leaves out from the murky bottom and up toward the sun.

Lily reaching up.
Emerging from dark water.
Spreading leaves sun-ward.

 

CK has written a very moving piece on her blog about our friend's death and about living with chronic illness (mental and/or physical) here.