My favorite line about poetry is from Canadian Musician and Writer, Michael Jones. When we were working together at a leadership retreat he said something beautiful.

“Whenever science discovers something new,

poets were there one hundred years ago.”

Below are a small collection of some poems that I use, as well as a few that I wrote. I’m noticing that I’m starting to write more poetry again, enjoying the form. Except for the dialogue poems I write, many of which are included on this site, I often write in the tradition of my Grandmother, Lena Ross. She wrote in a format in which only the first line and the last line could be read. Or, read with all the others words in between. Very little punctuation.

Dobyns, Stephen
How To Like It (1987) — One that I’ve used in men’s work in particular.

Durham, Diana
Light Hearted (2009) — Our hearts as the framers of light. Beautiful

Lee, Li Young
From Blossoms (1986) — Sweet. Particularly for those of us who like to pick peaches.

Moeller, Toke
A Beautiful Rhythm It Is (2009) — Action together to make better what is not good enough any more…

Simply Listen (2009) — I love the invitation to hear what is in our hearts.

Oliver, Mary
The Summer Day (1992) — I love the last line / question as an invitation.

The Turtle (1992) — Doing what we are born to do.

P1050733Pohlmann, Monica
New Country (2009) — I love that Monica and I share a nationality. I love her artful words on growth, learning, and what we leave behind.

Simmering, John
Sunrise — A nice expression of “reality as choice,” something I’ve lived with forever. Thanks to Meg Wheatley for connecting.

Szymborska, Wislawa
A Note — The simplicity of life experiences, including the experience of “not knowing.”

Ungar, Lynn
Passover (2002) — Beautiful expressions of the journey. Thanks to Christy Lee-Engel for sending.

Woolf, Tenneson

Goodbye Son (2017) — A poem I wrote earlier this year, from a tender moment of saying goodbye.

Time and Time Again (2017) — I have an ongoing relationship with time. I love the buzz of being able to be quick. I also am deeply troubled by it when speed and efficiency is all that there is, or all that we expect together. I wrote this poem one morning trying to shake things up.

I Want to Hear Our Voices (2014) — I wrote this one morning as I woke from a dream. It is

a yearning that I hear in many men and in men’s work

that comes from a place beneath the calcified surface.

It is in Reunion (2010) — I’m happy to have met people who take me to the edge. I’ve known some with whom this is utter delight. Others with whom, this is painful. It happens in the together.

We Are Here Now (2010) — Awakening has been a common theme of what interests me.

Energetically Repatterned (2010) — I’ve used this poem at The Art of Humans Being events that I’ve helped to create. It is a naming of

fundamental shift that many human beings are seeking.

Partnership (2010) — Some of the hunger I know in myself and in others, not to live merely in obligation and assignment, but rather in invitation.

Remember from the Inside (2010) — I wrote this at a time when I was really hungry for knowing beyond words, and beyond traditions of this time.

Fly (2010) — It’s a love poem. Some of what I was feeling as possibility in relationship with my sweetheart.

Old Friend (2010) — It is another kind of love poem, the way that many of us experience our companions in life.

The Bonneville Shoreline (2010) — This poem came from a hike I took near where I live. It was late evening. The sun was setting. I was looking over the valley that once would have been the Bonneville Sea, yet now is the urban area in which I live. I was reflecting on how things change.