Sunday, October 29, 2023

Thought for the Day

It is not because spring / is too beautiful /
that we'll not write what / happens in the dark.
~ Etel Adnan


Quoted from Etel Adnan, "The Spring Flowers Own" in The Spring Flowers Own & The Manifestations of the Voyage (Poet-Apollo Press, 1990)

Etel Adnan (1925-2021), Lebanese Poet and Artist

Etel Adnan Profile at Poetry Foundation

Monday, October 23, 2023

A Poet's View (Poem)

A Poet's View


Explosions settle
dust on the table,

the last of the bread
in orbit, saucers

overflowing with
black tea, stains spreading

from here to there and
a mother, crying

between screams. Her
child, motionless.

Beit Lahia was warned.


The children have no
room to run, no pitas

to calm their asking
for juice. No biscuits.

No mangoes to toss
like footballs. Olive

trees: splintered. Water
erupting old pipes.

Books - by Gibran and
Darwish and Shihab
Nye - floating past as
another shock wave
works its way through the
electrical grid.
Thirteen floors tumble
to garden level.
Drones yet whirred like flies.
Numbers. Begin with
one thousand four hundred
news-worthy names shared
world-wide. Not Beit Lahia's.
There, leaflets, like birds,
still fall from the sky,
where the cries of dogs
become lullabies;
pots and pans, rockets.
Stones or bombs:
what's the difference?
All going south.

This poem was inspired by poet Mosab Abu Toha’s essay in The New Yorker, “The View from My Window in Gaza,” October 20, 2023. Online:

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Thought for the Day

A heart that is distant creates a wilderness round it.
~ T'ao Ch'ien

Quoted from T'ao Ch'ien, "[i built my hut]" (trans. Arthur Waley) in A Hundred and Seventy Chinese Poems, 1918; Public Domain. (The poem appeared in Every Day Poems on September 18, 2023.)

T'ao Ch'ien (365 C.E. - 427 C.E.), Chinese Poet and Politician (The poet also was known as T'ao Yuan-ming.)

The Selected Poems of T'ao Ch'ien (trans. David Hinton), Copper Canyon Press, 2000

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Thought for the Day

We need to look everyone and everything in the face
and be amazed at the face of God looking back at us.
~ Fr. Dan Riley, O.F.M.

Quoted from Fr. Dan Riley, "Week Thirty-Six Practice: Franciscan Lectio" in "Week Thirty-Six Summary: The Franciscan Way, " Center for Action and Contemplation, September 9, 2023

Fr. Dan Riley, Founder, Warming House (Oldest Student-Run Soup Kitchen in U.S.) and Mt. Irenaeus (Franciscan Mountain Community); Author

Dan Riley with Stephen Copeland, Franciscan Lectio: Reading the World through the Living Word (Paraclete Press, 2022), pages 15-16, 17

"Fr. Dan Riley honored with Doctorate at St. Bonaventure's 163rd Commencement," News Release, St. Bonaventure University, May 14, 2023

Claire Fisher, "Friar Feature: Fr. Dan Riley O.F.M" in The Bona Venture, November 4, 2022

Sunday, October 8, 2023

Thought for the Day

Religious faith, artistic inspiration, romantic-sexual love,
the process of psychological healing, and all other arenas
of contemplative experiences and self-transformation,
can and should be arenas of heightened compassionate 
sensitivity to the real needs of those around us.
~ Dr. James Finley

James Finley, Clinical Psychologist; Faculty Member, Center for Action and Contemplation; Author; Student of Thomas Merton

Fr. Richard Rohr, Franciscan Friar; Founder, Center for Action and Contemplation; Teacher; Author

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .] However completely we've cocooned ourselves within
a virtual world of our own making, our animal body still takes
its final directives from the larger biosphere—it still needs  to
breathe, and to drink fresh water. It remains susceptible to illness,
to creaturely empathy, to the upwelling of earthly wonder. [. . .]
~ David Abram

Quoted from David Abram, "Creaturely Migrations on a Breathing Planet," Emergence Magazine (Online), June 9, 2023

David Abram, Cultural Ecologist, Geo-Philosopher, Lecturer, Author, Performance Artist