Something It Is Not

Something It Is Not

Huitse said to Changtse, “I have a tree, and though it is large its trunk is so irregular and gnarled and its branches so twisted that it cannot be used for lumber. It stands right by the roadside, yet no carpenter will look at it. Your words are like that tree, big...
Poem: “I Dream A World,” by Langston Hughes

Poem: “I Dream A World,” by Langston Hughes

I dream a world where man No other man will scorn, Where love will bless the earth And peace its paths adorn I dream a world where all Will know sweet freedom’s way, Where greed no longer saps the soul Nor avarice blights our day. A world I dream where black or...
Poem: “Give All To Love,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poem: “Give All To Love,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give all to love; Obey thy heart; Friends, kindred, days, Estate, good-fame, Plans, credit and the Muse,— Nothing refuse. ’T is a brave master; Let it have scope: Follow it utterly, Hope beyond hope. It was never for the mean; It requireth courage stout. Souls above...
Poem: “Generous Listening,”  by Marilyn Nelson

Poem: “Generous Listening,” by Marilyn Nelson

A conversation can be a contest, or a game of catch with invisible balloons. They bounce between us, growing and shrinking, sometimes floating like cloud medicine balls, and sometimes bowling at us like round anvils. You toss a phrase and understanding blooms like an...
Poem: “Do Not Be Ashamed,” by Wendell Berry

Poem: “Do Not Be Ashamed,” by Wendell Berry

You will be walking some night in the comfortable dark of your yard and suddenly a great light will shine round about you, and behind you will be a wall you never saw before. It will be clear to you suddenly that you were about to escape, and that you are guilty: you...