Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Philip Terman: Such Abundance

When he called for help,
they put him on hold
longer than he could stand
and he broke
the phone in half.

August 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Luray Gross: If Two People Are Aware of the Rising Moon

When his mind grew empty
and his heartbeat slowed to a vague stutter,
our father no longer walked the fields at night.

July 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Peter Schireson: Awakening

The monk sits
upright, unmoving
in the garden

June 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

Molly Fisk: Peace

One of those days when the grain of a wooden table
seems more certain, as if ordained, when gravity feels
like praise

May 8, 2019 · 2 Comments

Peter Schireson: Woof

I take Buster out for his walk, above us, wild geese fly south, honking, going nowhere, geese without edges,  no longer geese. Where did they go? asked Baso. “Away,” Hyakujo … Continue reading

May 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Path of Freedom

In the harsh environment of a Rhode Island men’s prison, a group of fifty inmates are transforming their lives through the practice of meditation.

March 10, 2019 · 1 Comment

Elizabeth Jacobson: Dear Basho, 

Basho, what is the world if it is not this uneasy faith
puddling and drying as we thrust ourselves toward the sky?

March 4, 2019 · 1 Comment

Daniel R. Cobb: Time to Breathe

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that life has been far more stressful over these last… oh… two years?  The continuous meltdown in DC sends shockwaves around … Continue reading

December 28, 2018 · 5 Comments

Susan Sonde: Random Motion

Lord, pledge all Your juices. I come alone tonight and solitude narrates what my voice sees in the klieg lights of December. The earth evolves . under its belt of … Continue reading

December 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Shantideva: Rising Moon

. Just as a blind man might find a jewel amongst heaps of rubbish, so this Mind of Awakening has somehow arisen in me. It is the elixir of life produced … Continue reading

December 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tales of the Holy Man

Word spread across the countryside about the wise Holy Man who lived in a small house atop the mountain. A man from the village decided to make the long and … Continue reading

December 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

Robert C. Koehler: Let the Prayer Continue

Let sanity — please, oh Lord — prevail, and the re-empowered voices of war and dominance return to shame and silence. Rev. Patrick Conroy, the chaplain of the House of … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tashi Nyima: Humility

Humility is not thinking less of myself, but rather thinking of myself less. I am neither the best nor the worst —both extremes are manifestations of pride. The frog sings, … Continue reading

July 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tashi Nyima: Rage and Outrage

Some well-intentioned persons believe that rage and outrage are necessary for beneficial activism. However, all variations of anger, while making us feel “sharp”, actually dull the mind and make us … Continue reading

December 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

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