All That’s Left

the dark wall is all that’s left
memories conflated into nothingness

the dark Self is all that’s left
ego compressed into nothingness

the dark eye is all that’s left
visions and perspectives reduced to nothingness

the dark moment is all that’s left
one breath follows another into nothingness

the dark note is all that’s left
one letter addressed from emptiness to nothingness

the dark drift is all that’s left
transcending into peaceful everlasting nothingness

the dark nothingness is all that’s left
transformed into the light of all beingness


~ December 21, 2016


this old monk has nothing to teach
be acceptance by unlearning impatience

the October air is crisp and alive
full of leaves living up to their name

there’s no such thing as winter
unless that thought remains unquestioned

enlightenment doesn’t exist either
just breathe as everything changes

the One Constant is the Only Creative
your True Self being uncovered


~ October 22, 2016


the sun rises and it’s another day
beauty doesn’t require my consent
whether I’m dancing on water
or waltzing on clouds
reality is its own perfection
this heaven belongs to you too
if you choose to experience it with me

~ September 15, 2016

Poem From a Friend

this old monk wouldn’t cross the road
to visit with a so-called master

one twirling flower in the hand
is bodhisattva enough for ten universes

a letter from a friend just now
contains more truth than every sutra

and more poetry born of pure beauty
than any book could ever contain

~ September 13, 2016


some time later that multiplicity of light
spoke and broke the eternal silence
moving as the mover and awakening as the
awakened stirred and then creating
making the True Self and all that appears
appeared at a word and with the appearance
of age but aged as if one age were ages
nothing left unaffected all arising naturally
time being just the word it is and every word
just an expression of the infinite
facets of the same light or always moving
toward it recognizing the face within it
as our own true face having the power
all along to speak and breathe the word of life
and nothing at all was ever
undone unspoken unborn

~ June 15, 2016