Alone Together

This new normal does not resemble

normal at all, it is abnormal.

We have been changed

and the way is different

Forced to be separate,

I long to comingle.

The stress of all alone,

makes me treasure being together.

I am not alone,

and we are not together.

A common threat,

creates unique responses.

My presence requires

careful listening.

My absence necessitates

persistent waiting.

Alone together spins

community.

Putting up with and taking care of

a different way

Leap

Change takes a leap, not a jump –

It’s a heartfelt process.

 

My reflection tells the tale –

my neighbor’s health,

my planet’s well-being,

my cosmos’ animation.

 

That is who I am.

My whole is greater

than the sum of my parts

being one with differences creates harmony

 

I am what I say –

my “yes” must be “yes”

my “no” must be “no”

I must do and not just try.

 

Every voice has a place

Every insight needs an ear

Every answer questions

Every question confirms hope.

 

Practice makes the leap possible

submissive kindness

tender mercy

dynamic compassion

 

My heartfelt leap makes us one

Alone together we are beloved

Mother (Psalm 88 – 2)

Dear Mother, hold me,

I feel like I am all alone.

I pray that you will embrace me;

please turn to me, listen to my cry.

 

For my soul is full of trouble

and my life is seemingly hopeless

I am in the Pit; I have lost my strength.

I am weak and vulnerable,

 

Dear Mother, have you stopped putting up with me?

I need you and I want you.

Dear Mother, have you ceased to take care of me?

No one else can help me.

 

You are asking too much of me;

I am stumbling as if in the night.

I am overwhelmed, I have been knocked down,

I have lost my breath, and my heart aches.

 

Dear Mother, are you listening?

In joyous expectation, I want your embrace.

Dear Mother, will you show yourself?

In ardent confidence, I believe you are with me

 

Is your love always in all ways?

Are you with those who are in the Pit?

Are your wonders known in the place of darkness?

Is there righteousness in the land of oblivion?

 

Dear Mother, I beseech you

Listen to my prayer.

Am I all alone?

Why can’t I have peace and equanimity?

 

I am in pain and cannot go on like this!

Do not forsake me, do not let me despair.

I am falling, lift me up.

I am forlorn, console me.

 

Dear Mother, hold me,

I know I am not all alone.

Give me the compassion to see with your eyes,

and give me the kindness to hear with your ears.

Learned My Lesson

There are no apparent answers,

and absolutely, no solutions.

In fact, I am at a loss to respond.

 

What is the point? Purportedly.

there is always a point.

Some say an intelligent Mover.

 

If this is a plan, it is one lousy plan.

Am I to believe there is a lesson, here?

Is life just an unending problem?

 

I sit in the sun absorbing warmth,

listening for a fragrant sign,

looking for a sweet idea.

 

Then I realize life is not about

what I was or what I will be.

Life is who I am.

 

So, I finally get it;

you teach me by example –

live in the here-now.

 

Enjoy the moment,

regardless of the scene,

in spite of the notion.

 

I sit in the sun absorbing kindness

savoring the discord

sniffing the harmony

 

God is love

I abide in God

and God in me.

Kindness (Psalm 46)

Our God is our refuge and strength,
present to us in time of trouble.

Therefore we will not abide in the House of Fear,

though our minds be rattled

though our hearts quake,

though we be shaken to the core,

There is a stream from which we may drink,

We may sip and gulp with Her.

God is with us, no matter how dark the night;

She is with us and embraces at dawn.

All around us there is an uproar,

Nothing is as it should be;

She calls to us and we must listen.

She is with us;

we are the children of faith

Believe and see Her works,

She brings desolation to the dissident.

She makes willfulness cease;

She breaks the lie and shatters the pretense,

She tempers us with holy alchemy.

“Be quiet, listen, and know that I am God;

I am with you and your people,

I am with you always in all ways.”

I embrace you with consolation;

and your faith will have children.

Compass

Clearly, we have no sense of direction;

we are in the midst of blind leading blind.

The pandemic makes me Zoom to nowhere;

I have been undone by the new normal.

 

God is not here, why am I forsaken?

Even the car says “Compass No Response”!

I wonder how long it will take for God

to intervene and show me the new way?

 

So, I relax relishing the insight,

calmly moving ahead inside the box,

carelessly, conforming and complying,

continuing with essential business.

 

Then, I do ask for a change of status.

No compass was starting to bother me.

Directionless was disturbing oneness,

stopping me from enjoying harmony.

 

Finally, I grasped the expectation –

I must fully embrace my dissonance.

I make a move and reach forward fiddling

the connection by the rearview mirror.

 

Lo and behold my direction was back.

I smiled with gratitude for healing wounds.

Carefully, I will never be the same

my communion requires indifference.

Yearn (Psalm 63)

O God, my Mother,

my heart yearns for you;

my soul desires you,

my body longs for you,

I am in a dry and dreary land

where there is no water.

I am still in your presence, though

Embrace me and give me peace and equanimity.

Your love is better than life,

I sing in harmony with you.

I walk with you always in all ways,

I feel the hug of your mercy and protection.

I am satisfied by the bread of life;

and my thirst is quenched with living wine.

Despite the most disturbing of night watches,

I cultivate my blessings and graces.

I sleep in calmness and rest assured

You are with me everyday in every way.

in the silence I feel your attendance.

My soul clings to you;

you hold the tension of pain and hope with me.

Take away my fear and doubts;

And give me courage, strength, and patience.

My enemies will be vanquished

My foes will be crushed.

My God and my Mother;

thank you for my angels,

thank you for embracing me

thank you for joyousness.

Don Kuhn

We met at the corner

and Don said “let’s go this way” –

on the labyrinth walk

Don mastered measured response.

 

Our paths crisscrossed often

often when I reversed course –

calm in adversity

Don had been there and done that.

 

In the labyrinth, the way

is clear and undefined –

a careful companion

Don was prepared to help.

 

We don’t know, what we don’t know

but we have-to move on –

a practiced gardener

Don cultivated oneness.

 

To get to the center

requires my persistence –

an accomplished artist

Don fostered my insight.

 

The zone is transient

and the walk continues –

objectively loyal

Don listened and affirmed.

 

I give thanks for Don’s presence

in making labyrinth turns,

which need a metanoia –

Don made a difference.

Redeemer (Psalm 88)

Our Mother, Queen of Heaven, hold me,

day and night I feel like I am all alone.

I pray that you will embrace me;

please turn to me, listen to my cry.

 

For my soul is full of trouble

and my life is seemingly hopeless

I am in the Pit; I have lost my strength.

I am weak and vulnerable,

 

Have you stopped putting up with me?

I am all by myself.

Have you ceased to take care of me?

There is no one to help me.

 

You are asking too much of me;

I am stumbling as if in the night.

you have overwhelmed me, and I have been knocked down.

I have lost my breath, and I cannot stand up straight

 

My closest friends are being driven away

They feel neglected and abandoned.

I feel trapped and cannot escape;

my eyes are sore with tears and my soul is filled with grief.

 

Dear mother, I call to you every day;

In joyous expectation I want your embrace.

Will you show yourself?

I believe you are with me, can I see you?

 

Is your love always in all ways?

Are you with those who are in the Pit?

Are your wonders known in the place of darkness?

Is there righteousness in the land of oblivion?

 

Dear mother, I beseech you

Listen to my prayer.

Why, am I all alone?

Why can’t I have peace and equanimity?

 

I am in pain and cannot go on like this;

I feel forsaken and I am in despair.

you have weighed me down with too much,

I cannot stand it anymore

 

All day long they surround me like a flood;

they have completely engulfed me.

My companions and loved ones are estranged from me;

Only darkness envelops me.

Communion with the Divine

Be with us, God, when we draw near,

your touch is neither severe nor fleeting.

 

Your arms and heart are open to us,

penetrating and permeating

with your will, tastes and temperament.

 

Be with us, God, when we draw near,

your touch is gentle and ceaseless.

 

Your enveloping embrace holds us

in communion with us always in all ways,

life received, lived, and surrendered.

 

Be with us, God, when we draw near,

your touch is passionate and complete.

 

We reach out with our whole being

to lose ourselves in divinity,

endless, incorruptible, and undefined

 

Be with us, God, when we draw near,

your touch is life-giving and love-bearing.