"Your head is a living forest full of song birds."
"And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep."
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
"Always now—just now—come into being. Always now—just now—give yourself to death. Practicing this truth is Zen practice."
Soko Morinagi Roshi, “One Chance, One Encounter”
"What happened to poetry in the twentieth century was that it began to be written for the page."
"Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think."
"Let your ears hear without trying to hear. Let the mind think without trying to think and without trying to stop it. That is practice."
"What is called good is perfect and what is called bad is just as perfect."
Walt Whitman, To Think of Time
"Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color."
W. S. Merwin, “Separation” from The Second Four Books of Poems
My wife is out of town.
"there is no explaining
the dark it is only the light
that we keep feeling a need to account for"
W.S. Merwin, The Marfa Lights