Monthly Archives: November 2012

Rules of the Road

When the desire exceeds the will
expect the journey to be disjoint

When the will exceeds the desire
expect the arrival to disappoint

Sound of Death

The sound of death fills my ears
harsh, unbending

I didn’t expect
you to cry out so

The Buddha says go toward
what you fear

This sounds like suffering
like birth

TV Highway at the End of Life

My dying mother
loves watching television
with the sound off

The TV becomes a train window–
compressing life into fast snippets
bite sized kibbles
infusing the moment
like lavender in old black tea

She laughs at it
points out things I can’t see
reads the news crawler proudly
the way she used to read signs
on the highway out loud
driving everyone else
in the car crazy

The TV highway goes
wherever she wants it to go
past president Obama’s son
and the car with bright feathers,
the endless river of bright words
never fails to amuse her

Glimpses of Heaven

Heaven gives its glimpses only to those
Not in position to look too close.

–Robert Frost