“It’s entirely conceivable that life’s splendor surrounds us all, and always in its complete fullness, accessible but veiled, beneath the surface, invisible, far away. But there it lies, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If we call it by the right word, by the right name, then it comes. This is the essence of magic, which doesn’t create but calls.” Franz Kafka, from his diaries
HAPPY KAWANZAA TO THOSE WHO ARE CELEBRATING.
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- Last chance to submit to the much-loved Glimmer Train (fiction): Editors Susan and Linda are accepting submissions through May 15, 2019 for the final issue to be published in October 2019.. For standard submissions: $2 processing fee. This is a paying market. The last contest is the Family Matters Contest, which closes on January 2. The contest entry fee is $18. Cash award. Details HERE.
- The Poet by Day, Wednesday Writing Prompt will return on January 16, 2019.
- Sunday Announcements: Calls for Submissions, Contests, and Other Information and News will return on January 13, 2019
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May peace prevail.
Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. I currently run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded. I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers. My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s Porch, Vita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation Press, The Bar None Group, Salamander Cove, Second Light, I Am Not a Silent Poet, Meta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman. My poetry was recently read by Northern California actor Richard Lingua for Poetry Woodshed, Belfast Community Radio. I was featured in a lengthy interview on the Creative Nexus Radio Show where I was dubbed “Poetry Champion.”
The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration featuring Fr. Daniel Sormani, Rev. Benjamin Meyers, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi among others
“What if our religion was each other. If our practice was our life. If prayer, our words. What if the temple was the Earth. If forests were our church. If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean. What if meditation was our relationships. If the teacher was life. If wisdom was self-knowledge. If love was the center of our being.” Ganga White, teacher and exponent of Yoga and founder of White Lotus, a Yoga center and retreat house in Santa Barbara, CA
“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton
So many poems unwritten sailed through,so many songs unsung flew
and I sat and viewed the sunsets, and the silver lined clouds, and read the figures in the mind
and formed pages and pages of long stories, visions, angels meditating, misty mornings emerging to half the day gone and so soon it is afternoon,
and still I smile and muse, as ‘Changes creep in…children are no more around,silence is the faithful companion,in my soul is the musical sound, of life, crush of a falling leaf, shaken, sent to the ground,
and I wrap the shawl tight,waiting,hoping to see the unseen
hoping to be in pure Divine Light,
It is there concealed’ yet visible ‘it is with the heart that I shall see ‘but how shall I call? by what name?I seek a rainbow strand in the tapestry of creation,perhaps to weave a secret universe of meaning. On the canvas of life, I may erase the human differences and express the magic of being human,to set out on a journey of becoming, flying with mountains brooks forests and clouds as companions, this would be the life of participation, a life of spiritual search for eternal love and peace.
Come then …the stars are waiting…the bells are ringing …
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