Unable to sleep,

I gaze at the flowers of the bush clover,

as the dew forms on them from the long night,

till suddenly before dawn

they are scattered by the wind.

~Ise Tayu (K Rexroth & I Atsumi, The Burning Heart)



No reset…

Each time we say or do something, write a line of poetry, disseminate an idea, send a letter, we go out in many different directions.  Once we have set out in these directions, there is no way we can pull ourselves back to the place we were before. 

~Thich Nhat Hanh (Understanding our Minds)



“…when consciousness manifests, it is not, at that moment, born. When it does not manifest, it does not, at that time, die. When consciousness manifests, there is differentiation and discrimination (vitalpa). Discrimination says, ‘this is self, and that is other than self.’ It is the sword that cuts and divides what is self from what is not self. But discrimination is not the truth. It is an imaginary construction, a fabrication of the mind. The Chinese ideogram for the term vitalpa means ‘universal comparing.’ To compare is to say, ‘This is inside, but that is outside. This continues to exist, but that ceases to exist.'”

~Thich Nhat Hanh, Understanding the Mind


lost in thought

The colors of the flowers fade

as the long rains fall,

as lost in thought,

I grow older

~Ono No Komachi (K Rexroth & I Atsumi, The Burning Heart)


spring night dream

The floating bridge

of my spring night dream

has broken away

and lifting off a far peak – 

a cloudbank trailing in the sky.

~Fujiwara no Teika (S Carter, Haiku before Haiku)


wpc: heritage

As we walk the Spring Creek trail, the changes of the season often fade with the need to be vigilant for other dog walkers (Enya, our Irish Terrier, will aggressively verbalize her territorial rights),  as well as for the cyclists’ refrain, “on your left.”

Over the past year my attention has also been drawn to the disappearing yoga class advertisements that dotted a small section of the trail with emerging international hostel signs, payer flags, and tepees.


The Tibetan word for a horizontal prayer flag is Lung ta, which translates literally as “wind horse.” The prayers of a flag become a permanent part of the universe as the images fade from wind and sun. Tibetans renew their hopes for the world by continually mounting new flags alongside the old. For 2017 the following dates are inauspicious to hang flags: February (2017): 21 -March: 31 -April: 12, 24, 30 -May: 11, 24, 26, 28 -June: 9 -July: 3, 16, 30 -August: 11, 25 -September: 7, 18, 21 -October: 3, 14, 30 -November: 10, 25 -December: 7, 22 -January (2018): 2, 14, 17, 29 -February (2018): 10