Category Archives: poetry

No Barriers of the Heart

earth & sky transcend sides ~d nelson

Mountains, oceans, deserts & more;
Mother Nature’s gifts of geographic diversity.
Over time, ancestors found ways of overcoming
challenging barriers and experiencing personal discoveries.

Yet for all their seemingly impressive conquests
many failed to find a most precious treasure; true happiness of their heart.
Looking for happiness, contentment & love out there,
somewhere; maybe it’s just around the bend, they thought.

After diligently polishing our own jewel by going
in, day after day, rather than searching outwardly,
many have found some success dismantling falling fences
of separation bequeathed by past generations.

Blossoms coming into this world with rusting fences
between them & other fragile blossoms.
Seeing clearly mirrored reflections of each other
in sunligtht, breathing the same, freely offered, air.

Removing jagged fences gifts us,
our neighbors & our descendants
experienced freedom to be our loving selves
& to be kind & fearless with each other.

Courage & gentle patience, dear ones!
Trust in liberating heart’s intuition.

“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh


Fang’s 16th Birthday Present for You

Fang enjoys the conditions ~d nelson (click to enjoy his musical story)

Fang the Terrible is happy to offer a special
gift to the world on his 16th birthday.
When you need the physical healing
of touch, a warm, furry embrace, hug
& warm, wet lick, he’s already there for you

Offering unconditional love
and the best companionship,
what more can a person want?
A contemplation-worthy question.
Well, Fang wants a walk,
then a bone and a nap.

Fang is offering his short dogumentary,
called, “Fang’s Contented Wags”,
about  a 5 minutes adventure,
of a contented, ferocious life.
He enjoys smelling & watering the flowers.
Along the way we find out
why he’s not so terrible after all.

Fang hopes his colorful, comic images & piano music
will give you smile. Just click on the this post’s top image to view clip.
As always,
may you be well
contented & happy.
Thanks to Hariod Brawn for inspiring Fang’s calming
with his book, “the sway of contentedness”.

Nourishing Roots, Cleaning Streams

revealing roots’ mystery ~d nelson

Taking relaxed refuge in Nature.
In time, seeing my parent’s parents’ roots in nature.
Then back further, before human beings.
Deepest roots from where all animals,
plants, living & non-living, incarnate.

concentrating on stream

Finding safe comfort in Nature.
In time, seeing the silt, dirt, run-off & debris.
Cleaning my stream’s toxic mental formations;
thoughts, emotions & consciousness.

Intentionally shifting view, me to we.
Seeing selves completely as nature,
integral parts of a whole.
Me bowing to your noble aspiration.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~ Helen Keller

Our Cloud Never Dies

cloud is us ~d nelson

From highest high peaks
towards street level & lower
our cloud continues, falling,
dancing, splashing, sustaining life,
steadily settling into calm clarity.

Recognizing our cloud, within
proffers insightful glimpses:
nature’s cycles persisting
as they always have;
inter-playfully patient & wise,
manifesting of elements,
energies & unknown;
all when conditions
are just right.

Isn’t it a miracle being here
& now across space & time
with you, my friend?
Smiling to breathed replies.

“A cloud can become snow, or hail…or rain. But it is impossible for a cloud to pass from being into non-being. And that is true with your beloved one. She has not died. She is continued in many new forms. And you can look deeply and recognize herself in you and around you.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

February Promises


Feb 1 rose bud ~d nelson

Yes, another coldest night
followed by another coldest day
felt in delicate, dark, places of fragility
in earth’s life forms, big & small.

Feb 1 blossom

Slowly breathing in this coldness
compassionately breathing out warmth.
Thawing mine & the world’s blossoms;
Once revealed, grateful at being witnessed.

Feb 1 blossom 4

This morning’s warmed moment’s potential
of next warmed moment’s possible
makes me smile as I discover
another hidden rose bud, inside.

“So take refuge in Mother Earth and surrender to her and ask her to heal us, to help us.
And we have to accept that the worst can happen;
that most of us will die as a species and many other species will die also and Mother Earth will be capable
after maybe a few million years to bring us out again and this time wiser.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Feb 1 blossom 2

Bloom’s New Continuance

Compost Transformed into Roses Cozy Harmony ~d nelson

Wonderful, our continuation into this
new year, dear refreshed fellow, yet fragile
blossoms in the garden of humanity.

calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh

Traffic Cone Cycle Slalom

’round cone play ~d nelson

Been hurt going too fast
finally has slowed me down.
Yet, even moving slowly,
no faster than I can pedal,
seemingly unavoidable obstacles
hinder otherwise graceful momentum.

Hints of road rage become bells
of mindfulness to momentarily
pause, breathe calmly & smile.
Upon remembering I’m alive
& well, compassion is borne
for myself & others involved.
Staying ever vigilant of distracted drivers.

Many are, understandably, super stressed this season.
Tired of so much real losing; losing what
was once possible for humanity & all beings.
Losing income, losing homes to fires & foreclosures.
Sad, complex social, economic & political landscapes
ruled by unqualified, greedy & unworthy leaders
who heartlessly cage children, spew anger & hate
contributing to many losing their sense of community.

thanks for not making tracks on fresh cement!

Determined to live with dignity & peace,
I’m hugging the obstacles, which I can,
while maintaining joy & playing
around with the ones I cannot embrace.
Ours & our children’s future depends upon
experiencing moments of happiness & fearlessness.
When going out, let’s laugh & play; bring the young ones.

We are very afraid of being powerless.
But we have the power to look deeply at our fears,
and then fear cannot control us…
If we can relax when our strong emotions come,
then we don’t pass fear on to our children and to future generations. ~Thich Nhat Hanh