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Bhikshuni Vasetthi: Oh, My Heart

I called out to my grief and drew it toward me.
I held my grief and gently rocked it.
Shh, I said. There, there. There, there.

January 13, 2023 · 4 Comments

Barbara Crooker: Star of Wonder, Star of Light

It’s Christmas, the year before the accident, when the earth
still seemed fixed.  My husband and children are hanging
lights on the big pine tree

December 21, 2022 · 7 Comments

Erma Bombeck: Housework Can Kill You If Done Right

I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.

November 19, 2022 · 4 Comments

Therigatha: Fall on your knees and weep

If you really want to cry for somebody,
why not cry for yourself?
Why not cry for all of us,
who are just passing through?

September 9, 2022 · 6 Comments

Bhikshuni Mahaprajapati: What mother doesn’t see a Buddha in her child?

To care for all the children, without exception, as though each will someday be the one to show us all the way home: that is the Path.

July 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

Pauletta Hansel: The Stepmother’s Lament

Tell me,
what am I
supposed to do
with all this love?

November 29, 2021 · 4 Comments

Video: Spoon

In this visual poem, Markus Kempken explores specific objects — spoons, spatulas, flutes — and the way they trigger memories of his childhood abuse.

March 13, 2021 · 3 Comments

Elizabeth Romero: What My Mother Said

think of my love
as a red glass button
hanging on a threadbare dress

February 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Muse of Memory

Nothing stirs but the wind that rattles rain gutters and pulls on the hinges of blistered shutters. A pair of boots has been left out on a patio of gray flagstones, the mud still clinging to their heels like forgotten promises.

January 3, 2021 · 5 Comments

Sunnivie Brydum: 11 Better Ideas for a Country in Need of Social Change

Even nations with long histories of inequality and violence carry lessons for how to move toward what might be called a more perfect union.

January 3, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: A Mind Sang

In the last moments before childbirth, a mother sees how similar her life and her child’s life will be.

December 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Edna St. Vincent Millay: The courage that my mother had

The courage that my mother had
Went with her, and is with her still:
Rock from New England quarried;
Now granite in a granite hill.

May 10, 2020 · 2 Comments

Adrie Kusserow: The Adoration

All morning I groom you with tiny lovenames.
I am a cat, you are my kitten, cowlicked
with locution.

October 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Love

When I was a child, my mother told me
God has many faces
And She reveals Herself
In many ways.

October 13, 2019 · 20 Comments

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