Tuesday, December 25, 2012

waiting for snow

cold and dark morning
waiting for the coming storm
and a white Christmas

Monday, December 3, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

after Foyan

hungry ghosts attacked
stole his body so he told
his guru "I'm free!"

Thursday, November 29, 2012

no students

they are not students
they are just silly people
who hang around here

Thursday, November 22, 2012


stirring up the bees
for the thrill of finding out
what happens this time

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Buddha on Acceptance

Buddha said: "Events happen,
deeds are done,
but there is no doer thereof."

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

What Shankara said

That which is the ground
of knowledge is not its object.
Fire can’t burn itself.

Sunday, November 4, 2012


Abstraction by Peggy L Radcliffe

where were you when you
were asleep? where would you be
if you'd been awake?

Friday, October 26, 2012

welcome to groundlessness

the earth opens under your feet
and you recall Buddha's First Noble Truth
The truth of dukkha (suffering, anxiety, stress)
and you wonder why is Buddha smiling

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

dreaming about a sleeping cat

you wake up this morning
after dreaming about a sleeping cat
who is dreaming that he is you
dreaming about a sleeping cat

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

north wind

cold north wind blowing
colorful leaves off the trees
winter coming soon

Sunday, October 14, 2012

he can't sing

he can't sing
and you can't hear
nothing to do
but go out for a beer

Friday, October 12, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

What's it all about when it's not about you?

Student: It's all about me.
Zen master: you don't exist.
Student: So what's it all about?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sunday, October 7, 2012

winds of hungry ghosts

winds of hungry ghosts
chill nights where you run into
souls lost in the cold

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

old tree waits

this wise old tree waits
not sporting leaves too early
strong winds may come late

Friday, April 6, 2012

old tree trunk, new spring

Photo Abstraction by Peggy Radcliffe

nobody builds trees
emerging from moist spring ground
unbidden by us

Saturday, March 31, 2012

the humble houseplant

Photo Abstraction by Peggy Radcliffe

humble houseplant grows
a little water and light
even man-made light

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

when cloud was a word

Snapshot by Rich Seeley, Leica D-Lux 4

when cloud was a word
for this cloud in this blue sky
not an industry

Monday, March 12, 2012

no leaves for shade yet

Photo Abstraction by Peggy L. Radcliffe

this bench awaits me
as my path stops at this tree
no leaves for shade yet

Friday, March 9, 2012

after cold and rain

Photo abstraction by Peggy Radcliffe

after cold and rain
morning brings bright warm sunshine
and this daffodil

Thursday, March 1, 2012

no way of knowing

Photo by Peggy Radcliffe, Nikon CoolPix

first flowers of spring
wild with no way of knowing
it is still winter

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

trees show off

Photo by Peggy Radcliffe
sun shines, days are warm
trees show off first blooms of spring
in February

Saturday, February 25, 2012

just daffodil

Photo Abstraction by Peggy Radcliffe

can't make daffodils
can't force daffodils to bloom
they just daffodil

Friday, February 24, 2012

what the watcher sees

Photo Abstraction by Peggy Radcliffe

what the watcher sees
you will never see until
you wait as he waits

Monday, February 20, 2012

The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires. ~ Seneca

Photo Abstraction by Peggy Radcliffe

he never wanted
stuff, so nothing was just what
he always wanted

dark skies little rain

Photo abstraction by Peggy Radcliffe

dark clouds and high winds
doors bang and windows rattle
dark skies little rain

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

for those who need songs

Acrylic on paper by Peggy Radcliffe

he wakes up and sings
even on this gray morning
for those who need songs

Friday, February 3, 2012

Li Po reads a leaf

Acrylic on paper by Peggy Radcliffe

ponderous media
takes too long, tells too little
Li Po reads a leaf

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sapulpa Time

times remembered as
good times, bad times on this street
under this old clock

Monday, January 30, 2012

this forgotten red dress

this forgotten red dress
she wore before store dummies
got dressed up for sale

Monday, January 16, 2012

this old hydrant

Photo by Peggy Radcliffe

forgotten hydrant
painted pretty long ago
now turns rusty gold

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

late winter afternoon

late winter afternoon
clear blue sky with waxing moon
pond still as Buddha

Friday, January 6, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

no snow just winter

cold but not so cold
clear skies, sun and chilly winds
no snow just winter

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

wingovers of joy

seagull showing off
for ducks and geese at the pond
wingovers of joy