Verse and song

Mary Oliver and her dog, Perry. Photograph by Rachel Brown.

Joy Before Death: Following the Path of Mary Oliver

From Buddhism to science to the end of life.


Stolen Apples

an elegy for Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Field of weeds where slaves were buried on the former Lomo Alto Plantation directly behind an HBCU named Prairie View A&M. August, 2015. Photograph by Randy R. Potts

The Devil and #SandraBland

The devil didn’t harm us in our little encampment.


Cloud Of Witnesses: A Sermon

Feidin Santana and not passing injustice by.

In bloom peach tree orchard in western Colorado.


A drama in three vignettes.

Killing the Buddha

Satan Is Real

He’s the only thing real in Utah.

by Maqroll via Flickr

Satan Is Real

He’s the only thing real in Utah.


Blind Boys

A revelation at the Austin City Limits music festival.


Buddha Loves Me, This I Know

Some folks act just like they hate ya/ But all dogs have a Buddha nature.

via Flickr, by gwen

Searching for Bach

The cello sounded like heaven. Or whatever heaven sounds like when you’re twelve.

Hildegard von Bingen.

Tongues of Fire

A Pentecost revival song.

"View down on Beacon Hill & Back Bay" by Werner Kunz via Flickr.

A Package Arrives

“We just put it into a drawer, because we had enough to deal with.”

Mount Azazel by deror_avi

Azazel’s Home for Wayward Goats

A Yom Kippur midrash.

"Tipner" by Mark Hooper via Flickr.

The Arrival

“The reeds we used to make our first bed bent easily…”

Photo by CS Muncy.


“People were getting auctioned up on stage but I didn’t see anything I wanted nor did I think I should be for sale.”

"будда 298" by frage23 via Flickr

Sermon Fire

A cut-up/erasure of the Buddha’s Fire Sermon.


Prayers the Gods Demand

For the winter solstice, the gods go betting.

Photo by _Olga_ on Flickr

We Knew Nothing Then

We knew nothing but that we must do as told, that no harm would come to us. We knew we were working towards peace, and we moved everyone off the atoll. Thatch houses, outriggers, everything that was left behind was burnt. Then, for 23 days we did nothing but swam, ate ice cream, slept in…