MEDITATION I bow over the handlebars in contemplation, the whirr of the chain my hymn, the road my text. Legs turn cranks. Rhythm brings solace. Movement is reason. There is purpose in toil and sweat; catharsis in the ache of muscles straining for greater distance and revelation of what one is capable. ON THE ROAD … More Bicycling Poems
The title for this entry is taken from David Hinton’s introduction to his collection (in translation) of poems by the T’ang Era poet, Po Chu-i (772-846 C.E.). Quoting Confucius, who wrote in The Analects, “There are three hundred songs in The Book of Songs, but this one phrase tells it all: thoughts never twisty,” Hinton applies … More “Thoughts Never Twisty”
Wildflowers and weeds entwined backseat lovers in a field of rusted sedans overgrown with longing.
I’m a bit late with this poem. I started drafting it on New Year’s Day, following my bike ride, but only now got it to the state that I wanted (at least for now). The original title was going to be “A New Year’s Day Ride,” but the sentiments really apply to just about every … More A New Year’s Day Ride
It’s cold and rainy today. This morning, clutching a mug of hot coffee, I looked out the kitchen windows overlooking the backyard and the garden. A single cardinal sat on a withered branch of the nectarine tree. There’s something about a cardinal in winter, its red feathers reminding me of summer, even on the coldest … More A Winter Cardinal
Each year for the past few years, I’ve recorded the fortunes from fortune cookies in the order they were received, arranged as couplets. Here are the fortunes from 2016. FORTUNES 2016 Your mentality is alert, practical, and analytical. You will enjoy good health. You will have a pleasant trip. Keep your plans secret for … More FORTUNES 2016