Out of the dark,

Into a dark path

I must now enter:

Shine on me from afar

Moon of the mountain fringe.

~Izumi Shikibu (cited: Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan)

Tulip… Nikon D750 f/5.6 1/500s 300mm 100 ISO

The hunting lanterns

on Mount Ogura have gone,

the deer are calling for their mates…

How easily I might sleep,

if only I didn’t share their fears.

~Ono no Komachi (cited: J Hirshfield & M Aratani, The Ink Dark Moon)

I’ve traveled 

that dark path to the world

which comes down from this mountain

just to see you

one last time.

~Izumi Shikibu (J Hirshfield & M Aratani, The Ink Dark Moon)

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Interstate I-70  Western Colorado…                                                                                                            Nikon D750   f/7.1    1/800s    85mm    100 ISO


Thinking of the world
Sleeves wet with tears are my bed-fellows.
Calmly to dream sweet dreams–
There is no night for that. ~
Izumi Shikibu (Diaries of Court Ladies of Old


The New Sanctuary Coalition’s call for action:

We are resolved to form a U.S. Caravan of supporters who will meet the Central American Caravan in Mexico, witness their movement, and accompany them into the U.S. At the border, we will assist those seeking entry with their demands to enter the US without losing their liberty

Hate speech and violence have crept into our communities with the targeting of synagogues, churches and other houses of worship and murders of their congregations. We want and need to stop this violence and we are calling you to stand with us, to put your bodies on the line.

The right to migrate is fundamental. Without it, the right to work, to be free, to live, cannot be realized. We reaffirm our conviction that every member of the Central American Caravan has an inalienable human right to flee from violence and poverty and toward better economic and political conditions elsewhere, regardless of national boundaries. We submit that they possess a right to enter and remain in the U.S. equal to anyone born there.

It has become amoral to engage in neutrality or silence on the right to migrate. On this issue there is a right side of history and a wrong side – but there is no middle. Each of us is morally obliged to choose such a side. The law will either make human beings illegal, or it will legalize equality, but it cannot accomplish both. The world is asking you to choose a side.

The New Sanctuary Coalition is resolved to choose the side of liberty and equality. We are resolved to sacrifice in solidarity with those leaders of liberty and pioneers of equality who are nonviolently asserting their right to migrate by moving their caravan of brave souls across the U.S./Mexican border.

If you are a lawyer, join our legal community. If you are a faith leader, join our clergy group. If you are a person of conscience, join our local organizing in your state. Click here to tell us how you would like to get involved and we will connect you with an organizing community that matches your skills and interests.

Sanctuary Caravan at NSC

In this world

the living grow fewer,

the dead increase–

how much longer must I 

carry this body of grief?

Ono no Komachi (J Hirshfield & M AratanI, The Ink Dark Moon)

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Nikon D750   f/5.6  1/400s  300mm  200 ISO

If only his horse

had been tamed

by my hand–

I’d have taught it

not to follow anyone else!

~Izumi Shikibu (J Hirshfield & M Arantani, The Ink Dark Moon)


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Nikon D750      f/5.6  1/400s   112mm   640 ISO