The Stranger in the Doorway-Poem

The Stranger in the Doorway

I come into the lodge
I’m startled,
seeing the reflection
in one of the glass panes
of the front door

This stranger coming toward me,
looking at me,
looking like me –

Who are you?

Well, I know right away.
This is my reflection,
a part of me,
like a shadow
that seeks my attention,
that wants expression,
that wants exploration –
like a stranger
mirrored in this doorway –

“Each of us has some part of our personality that is hidden from us. Parents and teachers in general, urge us to develop the light side of the personality – move into well-lit subjects such as mathematics and geometry – and to become successful. The dark part becomes starved.”

“…the shadow is simply a ‘mythological’ name for all that is within me of which I cannot directly know.”

Robert Bly -A Little Book On The Human Shadow

As I See It

As I See it: On the Purpose of Art, Music, and Poetry

I believe that all of the arts help us to understand ourselves, each other, and the diversity of life more fully, in each of our unique expressions of life and spirit.

“The human life is the most complex narrative of all; it has many layers of events which embrace outside behavior and actions, the inner stream of the mind, the underworld of the unconscious, the soul, fantasy, dream and imagination. There is no account of a life which can ever mirror or tell all of this. When telling her story, all a person can offer is a sample of this complexity. The best stories suggest what they cannot name or describe.”

John O’Donohue – “Beauty” – P.137

Experiencing diversity in my life is a deeper cultural narrative than just my surface communication or conversation. It is a rich complexity of my experience through the lens of my psyche, my perspective, and my life choices. That there is more than one way of understanding intelligence is put forth by Howard Gardner in Frames of Mind. According to him, we all possess within us multiple intelligences: verbal, visual, musical, and several others. The richness of experience comes to each of us differently. Thus, each of our lives is going to have a slightly different presentation with each individual and each cultural background. One very good example of cultural diversity for me is the Native American understanding of BEAUTY, particularly emphasized by the Navajo who believe that beauty is finding a balance between the natural world and the world of spirit. So, in the Navajo Night Chant they talk about “walking in beauty”.

This is an introductory preface to my book, “Contemplating the Miracle”, which is available on Amazon.  You may go to my author’s page or read some of my poems by selecting the book image on the right.

Being at Home-Poem

Home is where my Being Is

Oh, you’re a holiday
Oh, you’re a holiday
Now it’s my turn to say
and I say, “You’re a holiday.”

—————— the Bee Gees

Holiday inns and ways
to escape
the core of my being
the life in my days-

There’s dialogue with others
There’s hope midst despair
There’s love in my living
Not getting stuck in repair-

So, I’m singing my song
Painting my poem
There’s love in my living
when I am being home –

A Personal Catharsis-Poem

Beside Still Water

Pond Edge

Shimmering, rippling pond surface
mirror of reflections
encircling trees on edge –

Suddenly breeze gently spreads
a yellow-green mist of pollen
across the water’s surface –

“Remain present here,”
says a voice inside.

Feeling at one, at peace,
Letting go of stresses and worries
Dragged down here
to pond’s edge.

Feeling sense of renewal,
Seeing new hope –

Valuing My Inner Wisdom as a Writer

Seeing with the Eyes of Wisdom:  My inner voice of wisdom says to me:

“What I see out there in others, may be something I have to pay attention to in myself.”

“Each of us as a human being has a Sacred Flaw – See the beauty in your flaw.”

So, I ask myself: “Where is my sacred flaw?”  (Flaw= a fixed point of vulnerability)

  • Open to your flaw
  • Embrace your flaw with graciousness
  • “Perfectionism is the enemy of results.”
  • See your problem as an opportunity

John O’Donohue, “Beauty”

 

 

On Telling Our Story

“A human life is the most complex narrative of all; it has many layers of event which embrace outside behavior and actions, the inner stream of the mind, the underworld of the unconscious, the soul, fantasy, dream and imagination.  There is no account of a life which can ever mirror or tell all of this. When telling her story all a person can offer is a sample of this complexity.  The best stories suggest what they cannot name or describe.  They deepen respect for the mystery of events through which identity unfolds.  Consequently, respect for oneself should mean that if one wants to tell one’s story, it should be worthy of telling.”

John O’Donohue, “Beauty – Rediscovering the True sources of Compassion, Serenity, and Hope”