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Month: February 2011

If I Were in Charge of the World

If I were in charge of the world, banners would fly in the sky, telling folk how beautiful they were, not just on birthdays but on everyday ordinary days.

If I were in charge of the world, dragons would roam through the streets at night, lighting touchpapers of desire.  Unicorns would drift by the sides of the rivers, breaking open hearts with the whiteness of their dreaming.

If I were in charge of the world, the doors of the offices would be flung wide open, and work would be done outside. Continue reading

Sit Up and Sing

I was reflecting last week on what it means to be awake, and to awaken.

And what it means to be asleep.

If truth be told, the main thing I learned is that it’s not good for me to spend too much time thinking about things. Whereas walking on a cold December morning with my camera in hand, well that’s a different matter.

One photo from the morning’s walk put me in mind of this line from Rumi: Continue reading

Feeding the Birds

It’s a simple ritual.

Breakfast time feeding on a cold winter’s morning.

Tidying, pouring on the altar of the table,

The hungry redbreast who’s there before you’re ready,

The calls, and chirrups, as word gets around,

Birdsong bursting in the cold of the morning,

The echoed call of gratitude in your own sweet heart.

The search for the word for the feeling of the moment:

Holy, your heart says,


The ritual of the morning,

The hymn to creation,

Communion with nature,

Breaking bread with the birds.

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