Unspoken Word
August 10, 2018
The Poetry of Storytelling

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If you've been enjoying this blog, there's a good chance you will also enjoy my new book, Storytelling for the Revolution, available on Amazon as a downloadable, Kindle ebook or an old school paperback.

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August 09, 2018
The Slightly Overweight Modern Art Museum Security Guard

He stands there, barely,
a kind of slow moving
piece of performance art,
just a bit off-stage,
not comprehending
the apparently fabulous shapes
recently described in the New York Times,
though he is, indeed, dressed for the part.
His hands, lightly clenched behind his back,
hold no brushes, no paint, no cloth.
His eyes, unsure of much,
here in this large white room,
glance off into somebody else's distance
while the rest of him,
curious for the moment,
wonders if the tuna fish sandwich
his wife packed for lunch
will be quite enough today.
Now he is leaning up against the wall,
now is he not,
now he is not leaning up against he wall,
now he is.

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July 28, 2018
Prisoner of Love

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July 05, 2018
Storytelling for the Revolution

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Here's a different kind of poetry for your delight -- a collection of 30, poetic "moment of truth" stories from my own life and 10 classic "moment of truth" stories from various classic teaching traditions.

The second half of the book is a Field Guide for aspiring storytellers -- people who want to elevate the conversation on planet Earth and do what they can, within their sphere of influence, to deliver some good news, right from the heart.

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June 27, 2018
Ah... This Restlessness

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June 15, 2018
Out For a Walk

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May 28, 2018
Now You See It

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We are here for just a little while,
freshly fallen snow
on a half-opened rose.
That's it. No more.
It doesn't take much
for the vanishing act
to begin,
a burst of sun,
a sudden breeze
someone knocking on our door
and we are gone, done,
a tale told by a friend
tending his garden at dusk.

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May 12, 2018
BILLY COLLINS: The Lanyard

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May 06, 2018
Off the Coast of Love

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April 29, 2018
Broom

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A clean sweep
TimelessToday

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April 22, 2018
They Are Still Laughing

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April 13, 2018
The Width of the Universe

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Astrophysicists, as of this precise moment in time,
believe the universe is 92 billion light years wide.
Please don't ask me how they know, I can't tell you,
especially since the half-life of scientific knowledge,
these days, is only five years,
meaning that 50% of what Earth's wisest think is true
will be proven false by the year 2023.
OK. So maybe the universe isn't 92 billion light years wide,
or maybe there isn't just one universe.
Maybe there are many,
what's been called, the multiverse, for lack of a better name,
kind of like this poem if I

leave a space between verses,

or maybe the whole concept of distance
is completely old school, like penmanship or Ritz crackers
and, in reality, absolutely nothing exists
except this moment
of you reading these words
and me writing them
or, perhaps, as my father used to say
"that and $2.50 will get you on the subway."

The point of it all?
Love!
Love is the name of the game.
Love and kindness and compassion and forgiveness
and gratitude and, of course, consciousness,
speaking of which,
the most advanced space craft ever reverse engineered
from another world,
had no moving parts,
no dials, no dashboard, no grommets, no chips,
no nothing.
It was powered by consciousness alone,
the mind waves of the beings who traveled inside it.
And this, my friends, is precisely why I love baseball so much.
The shortstop doesn't give a shit about how wide the universe is.
And the center fielder,
he of the big biceps and rugged good looks,
has just hit a 468 foot home run into the upper deck,
thousands of ecstatic fans high-fiving each other forever.
Now that's far.

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April 12, 2018
The Underground of Love

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April 10, 2018
PLUM TREE

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Today, I imagined everything I owned had reduced itself down to a singular plum tree -- the kind an 85-year old Japanese poet, sipping sake, likes to tend at the end of the day. This plum tree, this solitary plum tree, has suddenly become the still, ripe center of my life -- the axis around which all my desires dissolve, stunned as I am, ALIVE, purple fruit everywhere.

TimelessToday

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March 24, 2018
Easier Done Than Said

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TimelessToday

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March 20, 2018
The Paradox of Love

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March 13, 2018
Nothing is Going On

Nothing is going on
and that is precisely the problem,
nothing is not supposed to be going on,
nothing is supposed to be nothing,
nothing, as in zero, nada, zilch,
that which does not go on
and never wanted to in the first place,
but nothing, at least as I've heard it,
wanted to become something,
like a beggar a little too happy upon finding a coin
or that third olive in a dry martini
on a night when no wolves howl.

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March 10, 2018
Where in the World Can I Go?

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NOTE: I found this poem and at least 50 more, in a box in the back of a closet in my house, parked there more than 20 years ago. The poetry? Written at least 40 years ago, gathering dust. But no more...

Heart of the Matter
TimelessToday

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February 26, 2018
Here's a Little Secret

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February 16, 2018
What You See

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