Monday, November 7, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

lost duck

Photo by Rich Seeley, Nikon D70

lost female Wood Duck
misses migration formation
now "woman alone"

Friday, September 9, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

driving with oven mitts

driving with oven mitts
steering wheel won't burn my hands
hot day in hot car

Monday, July 18, 2011

follow your own star

follow your own star
don't sell yourself short or out
follow your own star

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

drinks water only

drinks water only
Walt Whitman said of his friend
and Abe Lincoln smiles

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

around the pond

no path to the pond
the path goes around the pond
and around, around

Thursday, June 9, 2011

early summer

summer arrives early
spring doesn't even know it
in the wings fall waits

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

farewell to phil

my search for something
has now come to nothing much
more than basketball

Saturday, May 28, 2011

83F at 10 p.m.

it did not get hot
cold winter long forgotten
today the spring rolls

Friday, May 20, 2011


perverse what it means:
it's "per (through) verse (poetry)"
living poetry!

from a definition by Alan Watts
In My Own Way: An Autobiography

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

sun then rain

yesterday sunny
today scattered thunderstorms
the Buddha says same, same

Sunday, May 15, 2011

admitting faults wise

admitting faults wise
defending our faults betrays
very unsound mind
-- Sutra of Hui Neng, haiku version

Saturday, May 14, 2011

flow with the go

Peggy Radcliffe, brush on paper

flash flooding coming
Chuang Tzu says go with flow
practice treading water

the geese of ginsberg

Peggy Radcliffe, brush on paper

geese fly when they fly
and they walk when they walk and
they die when they die

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

working mother

Photo by Peggy Radcliffe (Nikon CoolPix)

mother duck busy
getting ducklings in a row
her job never done

Thursday, April 28, 2011

what they say?

Peggy Radcliffe, brush on paper

me no hear TV
gotta turn on them captions
read mostly stupid

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Peggy Radcliffe, brush on paper

acquiescence is
"acceptance without protest"
essence of Buddha

Saturday, April 16, 2011

now & zen

acrylic on stretched canvas by Peggy Radcliffe

things the way we want
things the way we do not want
or "things as it is"

Friday, April 15, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

what would buddha say?

the buddha said this:
"contentious talk is painful"
how quick we forget

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

heading north for summer

Photo by Peggy Radcliffe

big goose struts his stuff
nice visiting your little pond
now off to Great Lakes

Monday, April 11, 2011

robin's early morning song

Photo by Peggy Radcliffe

robin's early song
calls our canary to join
birds morning opera

Thursday, April 7, 2011

a leaf learns to fly

acrylic on canvas by Peggy Radcliffe
wind blows leaves around
LiPo the cat is entranced
a leaf learns to fly

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

his words

acrylic on canvas by Peggy Radcliffe

his words leave his heart
impression on everyone
who hears forever

Monday, March 28, 2011

fishing fashion

paint on paper by Peggy Radcliffe

wears fisherman's hat
even when he's not fishing
and the fish don't mind

Saturday, March 26, 2011

sun no sun

paint on paper by Peggy Radcliffe
sun and then no sun
cold gray day after warm night
it must be springtime!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

a chance of spring

paint on paper by Peggy Radcliffe
morning clouds then sun
windy maybe thunderstorms
and a chance of spring

Friday, March 18, 2011

shopping for fun and not

paint on paper by Peggy Radcliffe

kids push shopping cart
in game but shopper must shop
without shopping cart

Thursday, March 17, 2011

welcome wasp

paint on paper by Peggy Radcliffe

first wasp of spring
buzzes outside the window
Buddha says welcome

Saturday, March 12, 2011

waiting for rain to quench grass fires

paint on paper by Peggy Radcliffe

no rain and grass fires
dry wind blows smoke into town
what would Buddha breathe

Friday, March 11, 2011

traffic can wait

 paint on paper by Peggy Radcliffe

geese crossing the street
to graze on suburban lawns
drivers stop their cars

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

fall leaves

 brush on paper by Peggy Radcliffe
old leaves survive snows
winter leaves room for springtime
fall leaves reminders

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

flowers boom

 brush on paper by Peggy Radcliffe
rainstorms bring thunder
tornado on horizon
daffodils pop up

Monday, March 7, 2011

loners at the pond

 brush on paper by Peggy Radcliffe
geese in groups eat grass
but one forages far away
lone man walks the path

Sunday, March 6, 2011

natural facts

 brush on paper by Peggy Radcliffe
don't know if gods exist
but the pond's full of creatures
great and small and real

Saturday, March 5, 2011

fish no fish

Brush on paper by Peggy Radcliffe

people fish the pond
rarely do they catch a fish
but water birds do

Thursday, March 3, 2011

defying gravity

Brush on paper by Peggy Radcliffe

a goose flies overhead
at the pond they look too fat
wide wings make it so

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

human progress

Brush on paper by Peggy Radcliffe

birds perch on power lines
if telephone poles come down
birds will perch in trees

Monday, February 28, 2011


 brush on paper by Peggy Radcliffe
gas and electric
if grid fails this screen goes black
stock up on pencils

Sunday, February 27, 2011

resurrection blues

warm without sunshine
gray sky and brown not green grass
death waits for springtime

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

chance of rain 100%

now it is raining
and rain drops do not care that
they are local news

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

what sparrows know

Do not seek for the truth;
Only cease to cherish opinions.
- Hsin Hsin Ming translated by Richard Clarke

three months no cable
fall turns to winter for quiet
sparrows know no news

Sunday, February 20, 2011

what the geese know

these geese own this park
mallards, robins, and humans
are just visiting

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

nature's news

cardinal shows up
no bishop or first baseman
but first sign of spring

Thursday, February 17, 2011

overheard poem

Like the empty sky it has no boundaries,
Yet it is right in this place, ever profound and clear.
When you seek to know it, you cannot see it.
You cannot take hold of it,
But you cannot lose it.
In not being able to get it, you get it.
When you are silent, it speaks;
When you speak, it is silent.
The great gate is wide open to bestow alms,
And no crowd is blocking the way.

Cheng-tao Ke, translated by Alan Watts in The Way of Zen

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

winter geese

snow melt floods the pond
winter geese spread wide their wings
ducks fly in from south

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

valentine's day health warning

"I think all the time about the medical industry's emphasis on longevity. It's a substitution of quantity for any idea of completeness or wholeness or any sense of real fulfillment or real worth, so that you prolong life past the time where it's worth living ..." - Wendell Berry

the healthcare
industrial complex
has determined
valentine's may
be hazardous
to your health
and asks you
to remember
kissing spreads
germs, germs
cause diseases
& diseases
can lead to
termination of
otherwise known
as death, which
is very bad
as it removes
people from
the healthcare
system &
the profitability
of big pharma

Saturday, February 12, 2011

the problem of evil: the short answer

I form the light, and create darkness:
I make peace, and create evil:
I the LORD do all these things. - Isaiah 45:7

thanks to the late Alan Watts
for pointing this out
in a lecture on Hinduism

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Republican family values 2.0

Republican Rep. Christopher Lee of New York resigned his House seat Wednesday after a report that the married congressman had tried to meet a woman on Craigslist. - CNN news item today

another Republican bites the dust
undone by Web-based lust

protect the family! GOP men insist
baring their chests on Craigslist

repeal of healthcare is the next thing
after they finish sexting

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

snowbound: day-nine rhyme

snowfall tops twenty inches
cars towed by trucks with winches
warming coming but the cinch is
ice melting in tiny pinches

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

snowbound, not the poem

snowbound the reality
day 8
i do this
i do that
read news on the web
watch web videos
there's something about egypt
many egyptians appear unhappy

i hear america singing:
'i know you have suffered much
but in this you are not so unique'
that was bob not walt on you tube
but a good thing to remember
snowbound 8 days & counting

Sunday, February 6, 2011

no opinion

If you wish to know the truth,
then hold to no opinions for or against anything.
-- from Hsin Hsin Ming
Verses on the Faith Mind
By Sengtsan, third Chinese patriarch, died 606 AD
Translation by Dr. Richard Clarke

the questioner asks:
"why is this happening?
why isn't something better happening?
why am i stuck with this?
why don't i have something better than this?"

Wayne says: "the answer to why is because."

the questioner yells
"you're talking nonsense!
you're not logical!
you're irrational!
why do people like you
even exist?"

Bob said: "i have no opinion on that"

Saturday, February 5, 2011

'Tulsa sets several weather records' -- headline in Tulsa World

snowed in since Tuesday's blizzard
we are becoming experts at playing
computer games, especially solitaire

our car is packed in ice
parking lots and streets
are not plowed after 5 days

the key to any kind of sanity
is learning how to surrender
now to what is

Thursday, February 3, 2011

enlightenment slips away

We should always live in the dark empty sky. The sky is always the sky. Even though clouds and lightning come, the sky is not disturbed. Even if the flashing of enlightenment comes, our practice forgets all about it. Then it is ready for another enlightenment.

- Shunryu Suzuki, "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind"

enlightenment is impermanent
like everything loved & hated
like everything in the world

if you think you are enlightened
go spend a week with your family
as Ram Dass famously suggested

if you think you've achieved enlightenment
don't try to hold onto the feeling
it will slip away like soap in a shower

if you find an enlightened teacher
leave an apple on the desk
then find the nearest exit

if enlightenment is your goal
then loss of enlightenment
will be your achievement

settle for that
and go back to work

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

lonely book club

i haunt used bookstores
the few that remain
in this city or
any city now
that Amazon &
Kindle & poor
reading habits
are wiping them out

yesterday at
the state's biggest
used bookstore
the books looked lonely

little yellow paperbacks
crowded on shelves
crying "i was the best
selling book of 1955"
or "my author was the
toast of New York City
in the Sixties" or
"this historian won
the Pulitzer Prize"

there was no one
but me to listen
as the buyers hit
the used DVD
section stocking
up on movies based
on old TV shows
& classic films
& out-of-print

so many lonely
old books &
so few readers

wouldbe authors
ought to meditate
on this

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

sweet surrender

give up on politics & religion
there's no future in all that
just keep your friends close
& your theology to yourself
talk to people you love
about how your day went
get DVDs and watch sports on TV
buy some wine, you'll need it