Mar 28, 2021

You have to write those poems yourself.

Rumi said that your only faithful student is yourself, all the others will leave you sooner or later. It’s true of being alive as well; wherever you go, there you are. There’s no escaping yourself. You can be your own best friend or your own worst enemy. What will you do with your life? You have to write those poems yourself. Sometimes I like to just remind you to not be an asshole. I hope it’s helpful.


autumn in america 

waking at dawn on a cross country bus 

gleaned fields

a damp and gray fog

arkansas? oklahoma?

snores from a passenger

wheels on pavement 

the whining sound of a highway 

we are leaves caught in the current

floating along on a strong river


Diego Rivera

Everything is perfect and there is always room for improvement.

-Shunryu Suzuki

Focus, not on the rudenesses of others, not on what they've done or left undone, but on what you have and haven't done yourself.

-The Dhammapada

Of all the words that pour out of our mouths every day, how many of them are really ours, and how many are patched together from others?

-Haemin Sunim

We were created to look at one another, weren’t we?

-Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas


Ren Powell

Bait the Lines

Hardcore Zen

haiku eye

The Urban Mermaid

HOOT, a monthly literary magazine on a postcard

The Slowdown

clay and branches


Summer's End

Medusa's Kitchen

The Middlewesterner

The Morning Porch/Patio

VIA NEGATIVA, purveyors of fine poetry since 2003


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