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Footprints in the Windsm # 2328–The way to write to you

Footprints in the Windsm # 2328

This morning I’ve been reading John Dewey
He carries the tone of the nineteenth century
So too does Virginia Woolf
But then there’s Walt Whitman
Who wrote earlier
Who comes to me as alive in my age
And Blake—My! My!
And Rumi and Rilke
They all wrote to me
And to generations after mine
They wrote from the stars
This is the way to write
To you


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 13th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2327–Left-handed thinking

Footprints in the Windsm # 2327

How does it affect one’s thinking to be left-handed? Your hand always immediately covers what you write. How would that train your memory?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 10th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2326–That many songs

Footprints in the Windsm # 2326

A person is a sort of poem and each reader reads her differently. So we are each, for the number of readers we have, that many poems. Just as each person hears a different song each playing, so for each hearer we have we are many so many songs.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 6th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2325–A well opens

Footprints in the Windsm # 2325

Our friend is a well opening underground to a rushing ocean, a roiling river, a boiling cauldron. Into our friend we drop our visions, fears, possibilities, our souls, spirits, dreams, knowing—without proof, knowing—that they will be returned to us infused.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 3rd, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2324–a lone dove huddles

Footprints in the Windsm # 2324

A lone dove huddles on the limb up high
long long time mid the bright fresh snows
moving only its head
what does it see with
eyes that swivel independently?
what does it hear of my world
more than I of its?

being at such height
and able to go higher
does it sit absorbed into
the land where the Essences live?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 30th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2323–Like a New Orleans jazz funeral

Footprints in the Windsm # 2323

How ought one approach a sacred gathering, that is, a conversation? Perhaps like a New Orleans jazz funeral. Is that with bounce and music, slow joy, drums and tambourine?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 27th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2322–Why we crack and break

Footprints in the Windsm # 2322

The birds they sing at break of day
Leonard helped us see
The cracks that let the light get in
But I have glimpsed that it may be
There is a light in everything
That must get out, that must get out
That’s why we crack and break


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 23rd, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2321–When the poem sings

Footprints in the Windsm # 2321

When the poem sings
The prose is ready


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 20th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2320–Water to water

Footprints in the Windsm # 2320

Water to water
rain to rain
           puddle to puddle

dust? hardly!
fire from fire
storm from storm
           birthing from waters

we commit
we commend
           we come from

us from us
           person from person
breathing vapors we
water based creatures
           eat water based
creatures becoming
hydrogen hydrogen oxygen

           wet while alive
mysterious while alive
maybe also after

           you spit
in my face
making me wetter
wet your kiss
           sloppy wet mine

on waters born
we die dry
           except the eyes


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 16th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2319–Toddler squeals!

Footprints in the Windsm # 2319

Just as a toddler looks into the face of a puppy or horse or elephant and squeals, having seen himself, so you too can look in the face of your friend and see something new in yourself. You probably ought now to squeal.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 13th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2318–The flower, the poet, and the sausage

Footprints in the Windsm # 2318

The flower, the poet, and the sausage: One way to compose a poem is the “natural way, in which a poem is born from within itself….” When Phil pointed out this Bashō quotation to me, I wondered how a poem could become from within itself. I played with this. Maybe the haiku is borne out of the meeting: the meeting of the flower with the poet. The poem is then a third thing. A poem is neither flower nor poet. I point my index fingers toward one another a nose-length away from my eyes. As they approach, a sausage appears and hovers between them. The flower and the poet come near, they meet, and the haiku hovers there. The haiku is the sausage. Phil reminded me not to watch haiku being made.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 9th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2317–Ordeal

Footprints in the Windsm # 2317

Conversation is ordeal.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 6th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2316–Forest of poems

Footprints in the Windsm # 2316

After the meeting
which changed the four of us
these woods offered quieting
I entered by a path maybe I knew
the woods at once grew
to become for me
a forest dark
and fog was lingering
from this morning
still the air was warmer
than the snow
I said lingering, but
this fog was rising from the snow
like smoke
as if the snow were afire
so this smoke drifted along
to the south
leaving the forest
I said smoke, but
it seems a band of brothers
arms across shoulders
walking home
after the day’s labors
laughing, rowdy, tired, dirty
I said brothers, but
the trees, the fog, the birds
were all singing
new songs
in this forest of poems


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 2nd, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2315–Something to stand in the way

Footprints in the Windsm # 2315

Find something to stand in the way: write that. Not everything has an answer that will help. The difficulty might turn up another difficulty more fruitful than an answer.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on February 28th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2314–Bells along the string

Footprints in the Windsm # 2314

Bells along the string
from you to me: no magic
slightest touch, all ring


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on February 24th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2313–Events outside time

Footprints in the Windsm # 2313

Conversations are events outside time.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on February 21st, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2312–Meet Thou to Thou?

Footprints in the Windsm # 2312

Ought we acknowledge the four or seven directions? Probably not because this does not come out of us, this myth does not reside in us. But we can acknowledge our other and who that other person represents. In our times, we don’t have a way to do that—we must invent it. Perhaps better said, we must invest it—with our own spirits, intentions, reality. We are then claiming this place-time as of profound relevance. The question is, can we let these—or some—spiritual principles inform our conversation, our meeting, our relationship? Can we meet Thou to Thou?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on February 17th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2311–In light of the mythological

Footprints in the Windsm # 2311

If you can hold your conversation in light of the mythological, it will go its way, and you will advance humanity.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on February 14th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2310–the acid the bitter the heat

Footprints in the Windsm # 2310

The sweet and the savory
the acid the bitter the heat
is this cookery or conversery?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on February 10th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2309–annoyed and admit

Footprints in the Windsm # 2309

In conversation, can we feel free enough to be annoyed by our other, and to admit it to him or her?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on February 7th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2308–Limits you cannot overcome

Footprints in the Windsm # 2308

Consider the limits you cannot overcome. Things you cannot learn. Tasks at which you will never adequately succeed. Meetings where you have your stand and your friend takes hers. Where joy comes against tragedy comes once more against impossible joy. Where your sinews give their last—and then life spits in your face. Where you must decide. It is here—yes?—where you might gain your whole life.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on February 3rd, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2307–Photo is not

Footprints in the Windsm # 2307

The photo is not the person.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on January 31st, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2306–Can you find her?

Footprints in the Windsm # 2306

Can you find
the person
in her storytelling?


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