Do not be what you think you should be.

Be who you really are.

on children (kahlil gibran)

Posted on Sunday, April 19, 2015

on children (kahlil gibran)

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

 

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,

For they have their own thoughts.

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waxing and waning

Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2015

waxing and waning

In the library of my home

I spend hours digging and searching

as if a book or even a final sentence

will give me what it is I hope to find.

Some days books are sorted by category:

… Parenting

Poetry

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famous (naomi shihab nye)

Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2015

famous (naomi shihab nye)

The river is famous to the fish.

The loud voice is famous to silence,
which knew it would inherit the earth
before anybody said so.

The cat sleeping on the fence is famous to the birds
watching him from the birdhouse.

The tear is famous, briefly, to the cheek.

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so much happiness (naomi shihab nye)

Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

so much happiness (naomi shihab nye)

It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness.
With sadness there is something to rub against,
a wound to tend with lotion and cloth.
When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up,
something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change.

But happiness floats.
It doesn’t need you to hold it down.
It doesn’t need anything.

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a love offering

Posted on Sunday, February 8, 2015

a love offering

I am a seed in the feeder.

Though there are thousands –

each of us with our striped backs, crisp

coats and fatty filling –

on this particular day, this sparrow

chose me.

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reflections after reading a daily intention

Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015

reflections after reading a daily intention

Today I am asked to witness

Those around me that I am not:

 

The shiny black coat of my pet

Cat moves towards me on all fours.

Nuthatches and finches shift

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