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Footprints in the Windsm # 1714–First principle:

Footprints in the Windsm # 1714

First principle: What you know beyond knowing is significant.
Second principle: That you communicate it is more important.
Third principle: It is not communicated until said with loving-kindness.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on August 12th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1713–As they wheel by

Footprints in the Windsm # 1713

It goes
This life
We snatch morsels
Catch sunsets
As they wheel by


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

Birth of beauty

Footprints in the Windsm # 1712

The world may be changing so fast simply because we are resisting it. We have gotten too comfortable. Change must come—and daily—and if it is repressed it may be that it seeps out the edges wherever it can. So it comes at us from what looks like the outside and in superficial ways—gadgets and technology, science and theories. But it is hard wired into the soul and spirit of humanity and the cosmos. We could do better if we answered its call and created our own. Then it would be deep and true and give birth to beauty.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on August 5th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1711–Give us, elder

Footprints in the Windsm # 1711

Give us, elder,
questions to provoke
a dozen or more generations
no answers to shorten our efforts
we need deeper to dig
though love and big picture point
we, we must try our souls


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

Footprints in the Windsm # 1710–Think the long things

Footprints in the Windsm # 1710

It is conceivable we might add another 30 years life expectancy in the next 300. So what do we do with the extra years?

That is an extra generation of people to elder. We already have an extra now.

Or perhaps, because age is a concomitant of dementia, maybe we spend 30 years “demented” or in spiritual work.

So elders ought explore these ideas, dig out the meat in them, rather than just dismiss them as musings. It is important that someone think the long things, the things that give us choices we can consciously make.


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

Footprints in the Windsm # 1709–Dog’s tongue with your face

Footprints in the Windsm # 1709

Conversation is everywhere:
the grass roots with the tree roots
the tree roots with the mushrooms
the mushrooms with the night crawlers
a wriggling bunch of fish worms with the hook
hook with water
water with fish
splash with your face
wind in the dog’s face
dog’s tongue with your face
your face with sunny skies
maple leaves with winds
wind with rocks
oceans with clouds
children with mud puddles
thee with me
with words or without
bees with flowers
butterfly dancing for your eyes
the deific with the all there is
stars with moon
planets with stars
stars with galaxies
galaxies with my heart
brook with babble
tree with child climbing
grieving with tears
compost with small bacteria
bacteria with clouds
floating with dreaming
tides with the moon


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

Footprints in the Windsm # 1708–To miss these….

Footprints in the Windsm # 1708

The soul is not in the body but the body in the soul
The poetry is not in the words but the words in the poetry
The conversation is not in the persons but the persons in the conversation
The elder is not in the ages but the ages in the elder
To miss these is to forfeit real life


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on July 17th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1707–seclude in nature

Footprints in the Windsm # 1707

seclude in nature
one on all there is
finding ineffable


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on July 12th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1706–Dependent to sound our spirits

Footprints in the Windsm # 1706

To tell, to sound, our spirits, our spirit together co-arising, is a confluence. We are dependent upon each other to sound our spirits. Look at the need I have for other writers, poets, philosophers; look at the need to have visions and things to see, things to hear, things to ponder, spirits and Spirit and quarks and planets and flowers and birds and foxes (one was in the road last night and we swerved!) and manatees and mulberry trees.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on July 8th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1705–a dark forest river

Footprints in the Windsm # 1705

These poems are a practice
a dark forest river named essence


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on July 5th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1704–Speak the word of authorization

Footprints in the Windsm # 1704

Speak the word of authorization
Invite free hearing
Evoke imaginative seeing
What else? Who else?
Alternative universes invent!
Poetry, mystery, whole-making do!
Speak out of the new, barely understood
Into the new
Die, ego, to the old
Neither conservative nor liberal
Only promising
Ever to love
Never the final word
Ever opening


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

Footprints in the Windsm # 1703–Earth chuckles at our hubris

Footprints in the Windsm # 1703

The great turning of humanity
Earth chuckles at our hubris
One day
We may not matter so much
Consciousness may not matter
The teapot boils
Then the robin goes on singing


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

Footprints in the Windsm # 1702–softness and kindness will prevail

Footprints in the Windsm # 1702

You cannot change the world
& you must change the world
& you will change the world
you are too small
small is precisely what is needful
a word, a gesture
to enter hearts one at a time
day by day for thousands
and thousands of days
millions and millions of hearts
will little by little move
& softness and kindness will prevail
for our grandchildren


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on June 24th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1701–Some moments that is good

Footprints in the Windsm # 1701

More I don’t know
Some moments that is good
More I don’t know


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on June 21st, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1700–a clod of earth

Footprints in the Windsm # 1700

I once heard a man
talk about “the soul”
while holding a clod of earth
and I still wonder
Was he right?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on June 17th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1699–wonder can suffice

Footprints in the Windsm # 1699

I wonder if that is true
and wonder can suffice


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

Footprints in the Windsm # 1698–Comfortable in this cocoon

Footprints in the Windsm # 1698

Conversation is a death, necessary to new life. We must give up whom we have been in order to become new. Not everyone wants to become new, to give up what they have been. It has been comfortable in this cocoon, even though everything is turning soft, then to mush, then to goo. I spun this cocoon myself, a lot of work and sweat went into it. I’d rather just sit in front of this screen.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on June 10th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1697–Deeply ever deeply

Footprints in the Windsm # 1697

Deeply ever deeply
how to meet?
close your eyes to see
where is the fear?
the broken open heart?


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

Footprints in the Windsm # 1696–Uncountable fireflies at night

Footprints in the Windsm # 1696

For what do I grieve? Green space, buffalo, uncountable fireflies at night, butterflies long time gone, safe food, children who have to grow up without parents, without toys, without laughter, without peace, without bedtime stories, without beds, without arms or legs or eyes or hugs.

There. I have started to touch it.

I grieve that we could change this but we do not. We do not even have the will to change it. This too is my anger.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on June 3rd, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1695–Sparkling mist

Footprints in the Windsm # 1695

To educate—draw out—an elder one need only hint
To draw out a child one cannot do the whole
One must be satisfied with sparkling mist—
And a certain trust in childness


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on May 31st, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1694–Stay close

Footprints in the Windsm # 1694

Stay close
her life is unwinding
more is being given
from her
for her
Stay close
conversations now
are unweathered courses
for you both
a change of worlds
Stay close


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

turn aside or step through

Footprints in the Windsm # 1693

Every conversation a threshold
turn aside or step through


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on May 17th, 2017 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1692–Mom’s flower bed

Footprints in the Windsm # 1692

Mom’s flower bed
Won’t get tended this year
Dad is lost
Sis will plant the annuals
& I will weed
Dad is lost & needs our help
Our children will be calling us
& life does tug
Dad is becoming more lost
Mom’s flower bed
Won’t get much tended this year
Even less next


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