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Footprints in the Windsm # 1742–Not authorized

Footprints in the Windsm # 1742

Elders live messages not authorized by the dominant culture.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on December 6th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1741–Expect people to dismiss

Footprints in the Windsm # 1741

Expect people to dismiss. Expect people to get nervous, to fight it. Expect people to ridicule. Care when people do not react, are not disturbed. Reach out: expect your hand to be slapped. Hard. Do not stop if it is not. Or if it is. Do not be attached to either as your stopping point. It is a valuable gift. Whether and how it is received is not your concern. You have come only to give it.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on November 29th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1740–You’re an elder at 30 when you endeavor

Footprints in the Windsm # 1740

You’re an elder at 30 when you endeavor
to decide who will raise your children
if you cannot & how

You’re an elder at 40 when you taste
adversity & choose not to let the bitter
go into your words

You’re an elder at 50 when you forgive
yourself for the fishing trips
you’ll never have with your buddy

You’re an elder at 60 when you bury
your parents and stand in the
withering winds of grief

You’re an elder at 70 when you give
your best self to your grandchildren
and silently pray they were hearing

You’re an elder at 80 when you see
you still have work to do and
gifts to give

Mostly you’re an elder when you give
your best for the good of
the generations

Elder is not an age
Elder is a state


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on November 25th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1739–Our highest response

Footprints in the Windsm # 1739

Such beauty in the azure of the sky and the floating white of the clouds! In the flowers and scents and sounds and abounding! Our highest response is not so much thanks or praise, but recognition and joy and taking care to pass it along to our children and those who are so beleaguered they cannot lift their eyes to see!


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on November 22nd, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1738–Poetry of a cloudy day

Footprints in the Windsm # 1738

What is the poetry of a cloudy day?
What lives in clouds
Flies in them
With them
With blue above and green below?
Do clouds encourage us to look
To the holy in each other
In the mud and the weeds
For what is possible
Just here, just now?
Birds still fly
Squirrels still get into mischief
Water still runs downhill
Into still pools
And we still have work to do
Love to make
Friends to meet
Love to make


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on November 18th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1736–A tree in winter

Footprints in the Windsm # 1736

A tree in winter
bare of leaves
why do we use such pictures
as metaphor for elders
when buds are already on the grow?
How about dew on morning’s grass,
a field in bloom, a mother at term?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on November 11th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1735–Still one

Footprints in the Windsm # 1735

Is our country of value to you? E pluribus unum, out of diversity one, needs aired out, fluffed, freshened. We have suffered a propaganda attack, one that was subtle, nuanced, professional. Previously we celebrated our polyglot of languages, dialects, cultures, foods, and colors. In a period of two years, with only a few thousand tweets and posts, we have moved to despair over our divisions. See, it is everywhere you turn—America is more divided than ever. Despair has been fueled. Fear comes, and soon hate. We must invent a new celebration of us. Yes we are cosmopolitan, of the world! Out of diversity, still one. Celebrating!


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on November 4th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1734–Find an excuse

Footprints in the Windsm # 1734

Peace will happen when we get people working together. Let’s find an excuse to work together.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on November 1st, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1733–The crisis of crises

Footprints in the Windsm # 1733

The crisis of crises
The cord running through
Global warming & violence
Whatever is new—is
Our thinging of people
Suppressing our souls
Not trusting each other
Just fearing our fearing

Giving and touching
Life courses—hear—in us
Calling us to us
Demanding response
By giving and doing
By loving, by living
I am needed in meeting
The meeting of you


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on October 28th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1732–sanctified

Footprints in the Windsm # 1732

Cleanliness is akin to Godliness
we are told
when the rains bathe the world
ever the streets are
sanctified


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on October 25th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1731–The right amount of now

Footprints in the Windsm # 1731

I have taken just the right amount of time reading, conversing, and meditating this morning, leaving just the right amount of now for the others I need to meet.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on October 22nd, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1730–Popcorn we are!

Footprints in the Windsm # 1730

Popcorn finally heated to turn us inside out, finding we contain more volume than we thought, unimagined shapes—fractal-like undefinable edges, known and unknowable, emergent—we elders! Again, Jack Frost on a window pane, broccoli, river systems, coastlines, lightning bolts, mountain ranges, heart sounds, neural networks, pulmonary vessels, DNA, cracks of beauty in a face!


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on October 14th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1729–Wonderful greens

Footprints in the Windsm # 1729

Wonderful greens
outside my window
shadows and movement
sunlight cutting through
separating the yellow greens
above from the darker below
where a cat softly


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on October 11th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1728–I am my own measuring instrument

Footprints in the Windsm # 1728

I am my own measuring instrument
in this work she said to me a little
scary but no calculator can give me the
measure of a human being nor
answers for our difficult needs


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on October 7th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1727–Words beyond words

Footprints in the Windsm # 1727

If we let the other person’s
words beyond words
sound the depths in us
how much further we both go


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on October 4th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1726–Come home, come home

Footprints in the Windsm # 1726

Come home, come home
to your soul self
the one you once & ever were
the one you brought special
to this world
Live from here
live your self
join with all of us
the dance
daily leave out from here
into your world work
daily return here for
respite, refuge, sanctuary &
rekindling


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on September 30th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1724–Accustomed we are to closing our hearts

Footprints in the Windsm # 1724

Accustomed we are to closing our hearts
the opening has grown so small
we are strangling
so slowly coming
we do not realize how narrowing
our ravine to escape
Some times we
open and find within our hearts
a great and wild country and gentle


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on September 23rd, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1723–Hearts hear

Footprints in the Windsm # 1723

Tell the poetry. Write it in prose if you must. Hearts hear. The seed is already here. You are watering.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on September 20th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1722–Closeness for whispers

Footprints in the Windsm # 1722

Closeness for whispers
Spaciousness to sit together
Streams of clear cool water
Flowers of many fragrances
Smiles & leanings-in, some wiping of eyes
Touching of shoulders & hands
Here divine seeds were sown
These are sprouts!


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on September 16th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1721–whispers and fireflies

Footprints in the Windsm # 1721

Do not tell the story you don’t like; tell the one that whispers in your maple’s leaves and it will bring out the fireflies in our evening yard too.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on September 13th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1720–I swear to you there is a larger

Footprints in the Windsm # 1720

I swear to you there is a larger
Larger than you’ve dreamed
And yet you have seen


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on September 9th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1719–To get beyond the old conversation:

Footprints in the Windsm # 1719

To get beyond the old conversation, get beyond the old conversation: start a new one. A new conversation, more important, outflanking the troublesome one, overwhelming any interest in the old. Pull us in. Divert to the more significant conversation.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on September 2nd, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1718–OK, checked the headlines

Footprints in the Windsm # 1718

OK, checked the headlines: the world can spin another couple turns without me.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on August 30th, 2017 | No Comments »