DOG POEMS: “DHARMA” Billy Collins

The way the dog trots out the front door every morning without a hat or an umbrella, without any money or the keys to her doghouse never fails to fill the saucer of my heart with milky admiration. Who provides a finer example of a life without encumbrance— Thoreau in his curtainless hut with a…

Poems: “Ode to this moment” by Pablo Neruda

“Ode to the moment” This moment as smooth as a board, and fresh, this hour, this day as clean as an untouched glass –not a single spiderweb from the past: we touch the moment with our fingers, we cut it to size, we direct its blooming. It’s living, it’s alive: it brings nothing from yesterday…

INSPIRATIONAL POEMS: “Seeking For Happiness” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Seeking For Happiness” Seeking for happiness we must go slowly; The road leads not down avenues of haste; But often gently winds through by ways lowly, Whose hidden pleasures are serene and chaste. Seeking for happiness we must take heed Of simple joys that are not found in speed. Eager for noon-time’s large effulgent splendour,…

NATURE POEMS: “Such Singing in the Wild Branches”

Such Singing in the Wild Branches It was spring and finally I heard him among the first leaves –  then I saw him clutching the limb in an island of shade with his red brown feathers all trim and neat for the new year. First, I stood still and thought of nothing. Then I began…

“Affirmation” by Tarchin Hearn (excerpt from Green Dharma Treasury)

“Affirmation” I have lived all my life with a terminal diagnosis, yet the naming of cancer is considered terminal whereas living is not. To surrender into the reality of living is to surrender into the reality of it always leading to death. Surrender into dying is therefore not necessarily different than surrendering into life. To…

POEMS (to make us think): “The vacation”

“The vacation”   Once there was a man who filmed his vacation. He went flying down the river in his boat with his video camera to his eye, making a moving picture of the moving river upon which his sleek boat moved swiftly toward the end of his vacation. He showed his vacation to his…

POEMS: “Sweetness” by Thich Nhat Hanh

“Sweetness”     You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea. Only in the awareness of the present,  can your hands feel the pleasant warmth of the cup. Only in the present,  can you savor the aroma,  taste the sweetness,  appreciate the delicacy. If you are ruminating about the past,  or…