Dog Wisdom

some nights it
seems that our
dog ingrid has
it all figured
out, she understands
love and closeness
when to drink

water, and when
to sleep, she
doesn’t stay up
late on her
phone wondering about
the world, no
she lives in

minutes of joy
running, licking, waiting
for someone to
drop food on
the floor, this
has been said
before, but always

good to remember
that we are
animals too, and
it can all
be much more
simple, if we
let it be

Have You Noticed?

Have you noticed that the earth
is always turning, that shadows 
really do move across grass, 
stone, everything?

Have you noticed that nature’s 
wind touches all of life, 
caterpillars, green ivy leaves, 
chipmunks, tree trunks?

Have you noticed the white 
cloud canvas, sparrow silhouette 
in springtime sky, chirping 
and flirting with the sun?

Have you noticed the bees 
with their stingers, moving 
from flower to flower, not 
thinking about us at all?

Have you noticed how fast 
we move through our days, 
from screen to screen, with 
all the rest unseen?

Sleeping Outside In College

bunk beds stacked, thin mattresses
on steel spring decks, this cloistered
container, dorm room coffin where
20-year old boy-men play loud music
ska, reggae, rap, sometimes Phish

trapped inside institutional time
grab sleeping bag, late April night
up fir tree trail to quiet hilltop where
moths float over darken meadow
endless bedroom, alone for slumber

Mindful Dishwashing

only melodic harp sounds
through iphone earbuds, this
mixed with running water
and soap, my evening
meditation, where grease and

life dissolve in smooth
towel strokes, most nights
i can feel heart
breathing inside, as fingers
cradle cups, plates, pans

i imagine each one
a delicate life, serving
the world, this humble
sink servant, these nothing
moments of pure peace