July 2022 Am I Ready To Change?

Who me?Why would I want to?What I’d like to change is …             by Richard Hugo (1923-1982) SECOND CHANCES by Richard Hugo (1923-1982) I can’t let it go, the picture I keep of myself in ruin, living alone, some wretched town where friendship is based on just being around. And I drink there a lot,…

Old Soldier

He walks between his metal shop and his greenhousefingernails broken at the edgeswrists coloring rust into the dirtfeet spread apart the old grunt way‒ a habit not broken off frommortars dropping In the metal shop sparks fly off the wheelsharpening a blade he may needto carve away trouble ‒ you never knowIn the greenhouse cherry…

April 2022 My Scars

Can I look at my scars?Did my wounds heal and scars?How do I benefit from my scars? Old Soldier He walks between his metal shop and his greenhousefingernails broken at the edgeswrists coloring rust into the dirtfeet spread apart the old grunt way‒ a habit not broken off frommortars dropping In the metal shop sparks…

The Lord’s Stallion

By John Thompson I want to be the Lord’s stallion! Thick and broad and sinewed And of milky mane, Sun’s fire caught and flashing In my dancing eyes And hooves as sharp and shining As obsidian! I want to feel upon my neck The firm direction of His arms And feel my tensing flanks Beneath…

March 2022 Mentors in My Life

Who mentors you?Are you a mentor?Did a mentor change your life? The Seven Directions LOST BROTHER Recording includes the poem and a short story of Baal Shem Tov (The Besht) By Stanley Moss I knew that tree was my lost brother when I heard he was cut down at four thousand eight hundred sixty-two years; I…

A Man and His Archetypes

Online Event March 25-27, 2022 A Webinar – March 25 - 27 Beginning Friday March 25th at 7p.m. PST Cost - $50 Registration At this event we will look at the four main male Archetypes: King, Warrior, Magician, Lover. Each man will be encouraged to recognize and get to know at least one or two…

February 2022 Small Miracles

Can you list the miracles in your life?What to you is miraculous? The Heart of Us All  With the radio and the television off all morning  and the newspaper folded in its chair  I leave the laptop alone  and set my phone on mute  I just want to hear bird-chatter in the air  faint shouts…

January 2022 My Worst & Best Day

What made my worst Day?Remembering my best dayLiving through my worst day The Lion for Real              By Allen Ginsberg                          Soyez muette pour moi, Idole contemplative…  I came home and found a lion in my living room  Rushed out on the fire-escape screaming Lion! Lion!  Two stenographers pulled their brunette hair and banged the window shut  I hurried…

December 22021 If Not Now … When?

What am I waiting for?Why not now?What holds me back?When? The Black Snake    by Mary Oliver When the black snake flashed onto the morning road, and the truck could not swerve— death, that is how it happens. Now he lies looped and useless as an old bicycle tire. O stop the car and carry…

What If

What if I could give myself a bit more attention? A bit more care? Maybe even a new respect by clearing off a bit of the old clutter? What if this alone could wake me – break me up? Open my eyes to whatever’s in the air? Find a new breath for this pair of…

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