“After learning my flight was detained 4 hours, I heard the announcement: ‘If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.’ “Well — one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there. An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress, just like my […]
The gods got together to make this day happen– This is the day the good gods gave. They painted white cloud puffs across the blue autumn sky and sent a breeze; They dropped sweet-scented promises in late-blooming roses; They mixed memories in an ocean of dreams and scattered renewed hope across the sky; They turned […]
dying is fine)but Death ?o baby i wouldn’t like Death if Death were good:for when(instead of stopping to think)you begin to feel it,dying ‘s miraculous why?be cause dying is perfectly natural;perfectly putting it mildly lively(but Death is strictly scientigic & artificial & evil & legal) we thank thee god almighty for dying (forgive us,o life!the […]
We grow accustomed to the Dark, when light is put away, As when the Neighbor holds the lamp To witness her Goodbye. A moment-we uncertain step For the newness of the night, Then, fit our vision to the Dark, And meet the road erect. And so of larger Darknesses, Those evenings of the brain, When […]
Intricate and untraceable weaving and interweaving, dark strand with light: Designed, beyond all spiderly contrivance, to link, not to entrap: Elation, grief, joy, contrition, entwined; shaking, changing forever forming, transforming; All praise, all praise to the great web.
There is joy in all: in the hair I brush each morning, in the Cannon towel, newly washed, that I rub my body with each morning, in the chapel of eggs I cook each morning, in the outcry from the kettle that heats my coffee each morning, in the spoon and the chair that cry […]
Sometimes the mountain is hidden from me in veils of cloud, sometimes I am hidden from the mountain in veils of inattention, apathy, fatigue, when I forget or refuse to go down to the shore or a few yards up the road, on a clear day, to reconfirm that witnessing presence.
I came upon a child of god He was walking along the road And I asked him, where are you going And this he told me I’m going on down to yasgurs farm I’m going to join in a rock n roll band I’m going to camp out on the land I’m going to try […]
Who first invented work, and bound the free And holyday-rejoicing spirit down To the ever-haunting importunity Of business in the green fields, and the town– To plough, loom, anvil, spade–and oh! most sad To that dry drudgery at the desk’s dead wood? Who but the Being unblest, alien from good, Sabbathless Satan! he who his […]
You need not leave your room. Remain seated at your table and listen. You need not even listen; simply wait; just be quiet, still, solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.