Haiku 10 — April 10, 2017

Here’s a lovely and painful video on how society can act as the antithesis of creativity and what a bloody loss that is and how children — children — are hard-wired to use and fully appreciate the imagination. And how that imagination is, well, life blood.

Haiku 10

You ask, what’s the point?
Beating hearts and breathing trees
provide the answer

Haiku 9 — April 9, 2017

Senior prom. How can they be so elegant and so hilarious at the same time?

Haiku 9

These women were girls
who stepped up into themselves
and everything changed

Haiku 8 — April 8, 2017

I spent today at the 5th Annual San Antonio Book Festival, along with a whole SLEW of amazing authors and illustrators, and more kids than you could shake a stick at. (As they say.) It was one of those days where you actually see children hugging books and for a few hours, all is right with the world.

Haiku 8

Turn page after page
See how the story turns out
Spoiler: oh so well!

Haiku 7 — April 7, 2017

Haiku 7

It is a long walk
to ease and beauty
but it is worth it

Poetry Project — April 2017

This month, we decided we’d have poetic conversations with Rilke.
So we took this piece:

You, darkness, of whom I am born—

I love you more than the flame
that limits the world
to the circle it illumines
and excludes all the rest.

But the dark embraces everything
shapes and shadows, creatures and me,
people, nations—just as they are.

It lets me imagine
a great presence stirring beside me

I believe in the night.

—Rainer Maria Rilke, The Book of Hours, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy

And then we talked back to it. Kind of fun, huh?
Here’s my try:

You, lover of shadows –

You mistake my totality
for constance, you romanticize
midnight’s communal meeting
of all the world’s hearts.

But that’s because you’ve always
made it till morning, because behind
your darkness there’s a waxing moon

that lies in wait
like possibility.

I believe in light.

Go read the others now!