Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Composed on a hayrack ride at the Illinois Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (aka Quakers).


Corn corn corn corn
Corn corn corn corn
I'm from Illinois.
Corn corn corn corn
Corn corn corn corn

Ever read the ingredients on food?
There's corn in bread, corn in jelly,
corn in peanut butter, and corn-fed meat.
Corn--the miracle food--it's in every food group!

Corn corn corn corn
Corn corn corn corn

The corn in the fields
Still sends down roots,
Still reaches for the sky

Corn still drinks up water,
Soaks in sunlight,
Ripples in the breeze.

Yes, even the corn is infused with spirit,
Alchemically transmuting the elements
Into life, to give us life.

Corn corn corn corn
Corn corn corn corn
Let us give thanks.
Corn corn corn corn
corn corn corn con


Friday, May 14, 2010

May Day

And all the talk is about
politics, economy, and jobs,
the false idols of our era

How can anyone "create good jobs"?!
Your only job is to do what you are inspired to do,
the only good job is NO JOB AT ALL

Let us realize--we are entering
A little less politics, economy, and jobs,
a little more PAGAN REVELRY!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Wabi Sabi

The way is so plain, we don’t even see it

“Wabi-sabi is a Japanese term that refers to a captivating work of art with a distinctive flaw that embodies the idiosyncratic humanity of its creator. An aqua groove in an otherwise perfectly green ceramic pot may give it wabi-sabi. A skilled blues singer who intentionally wails out of pitch for a moment may be expressing wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi is rooted in the idea that perfection is a kind of death.”

“The essence of Wabi-sabi is that true beauty, whether it comes from an object, architecture, or visual art, doesn’t reveal itself until the winds of time have had their say. Beauty is in the cracks, the worn spots, and the imperfect lines.” --Todd Dominey, quoted in Pronoia

“‘Wabi-sabi is a kind of beauty that’s imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete,’ says Leonard Koren in his book Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers. It differs from Western notions that beauty resides in the ‘monumental, spectacular, and enduring.’ It’s about ‘the minor and the hidden, the tentative and the ephemeral: things so subtle and evanescent they are almost invisible at first glance.’”

Isn’t postmodernism great? Wabi-sabi allows me to embrace that which I would ordinarily judge, condemn, and reject. My heart can open itself a teensy bit more to the blessings that are continually raining upon us.

Thoughts at the YMCA, downtown Springfield, Illinois

These are good people. They’re just folks.

They’re practically normal, and normally practical.

It’s difficult for me to relate to them—

When suddenly I see they are


Perfectly ordinary

Ordinary and perfect:

Who can improve upon God’s work?

Appreciate it.

Thanks and praises!

O7 (*

Downtown in the desert of pavement,

Patches of melting snow reveal

Moss, vivid green,

Soaking up gloomy January daylight—

Right behind the Governor’s mansion

By Vachel’s house.

Indicator of a daoist grotto

Perfectly natural, naturally perfect

Parking lot or not,

No one can stop Creation

Thanks and praises!