Category Archives: quotations and poetry

Awe is my religion

Tweet “If I believe in anything, it is in the dark night of the soul. Awe is my religion, and mystery is its church.” – Charles Simic Email this post

we have this life

Tweet We have some happy days and some unhappy days, some great loves and barren spaces.  We have this life, this instantaneous blossoming.  Will I ever learn not to choose among its moments, will I ever learn to walk both its hollow and hilly lands? – Ellen Gilchrist, Starcarbon I have been blogging so long […]

It will make you speechless

Tweet “So this is reality, I thought.  It’s hot and bare and permanent, it’s broken and chipped and huge, it will last forever, even in ruins, it will make you speechless.” – Susanna Kaysen, Cambridge Email this post

neither the terrible truth nor the absence of it

Tweet How can one person be more real than any other?  Well, some people do hide and others seek.  Maybe those who are in hiding – escaping encounters, avoiding surprises, protecting their property, ignoring their fantasies, restricting their feelings, sitting out the pan-pipe hootchy-kootch of experience – maybe those people, people who won’t talk to […]

A faith of verbs

Tweet This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, argue, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk […]

The wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life

Tweet Make the Ordinary Come Alive Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is a way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples, and pears. Show them how […]

the falling apart that happens continually

Tweet “For me the spiritual path has always been learning how to die. That involves not just death at the end of this particular life, but all the falling apart that happens continually. The fear of death—which is also the fear of groundlessness, of insecurity, of not having it all together—seems to be the most […]

What we stay alive for

Tweet “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay […]

to call forth its treasures

Tweet “If your daily life seems of no account, don’t blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its treasures.”  ~ Rilke Thank you to my friend Katrina Kenison, on whose beautiful blog I first encountered this perfect sentence. Email this post

Let’s be in awe

Tweet “Let’s be in awe which doesn’t mean anything but the courage to gape like fish at the surface breaking around our mouths as we meet the air.” – Mark Nepo Email this post