Solitude


I gave
my heart to nature
now I am never alone

Alone With Everything


down the soft pine needle path
amidst the tall tall trees
the breeze accompanies me

Discernment

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sunlight and shadows
the only guests received
preservation of retreat

Unaccompanied

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even in the solitude
every gesture mattered
conversation with self

Practice

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the bench alone
in cold contemplation
deliberation of spring

Being A Part

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solitude
inside community
being a part of the whole

Neighbor

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rest and nest
in a house in the woods
where wind is the nearest neighbor

Eagle’s Perch

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an open marsh
the solitary dead pine
this is where the eagle prays

Rust


As winter edges closer
the woods become rust and grey.
Only the sound of one’s own footsteps
mulching leaves
interrupts the silence.

Neighbor’s Light


Before the sun fully rises
the neighbor’s light across the way
is my kind companion in morning’s solitude.

Retreat


Awaken when the woodpecker knocks.
Birdsong accompanies the noontime meal.
Eagle’s cries announce the surrender of day to dusk.