poem: creating is like catching lightning in the void

poem: creating is
like catching lightning
in the void

in my poetry writing
I am learning
to stay committed and open
at a high enough level of intention
for the creative process
to unfold

now allowing the
missing pieces
I am looking for
to emerge
in their own time
from the unconscious mind

thus often manifesting
suddenly in a flash
in the in-between
completing the gestalt
before me in its most
authentic and beautiful form

like a satori
of the mind
we see the simple truth
of reality
that was always there
when we are ready

one comes to see
that in creating
there are moments of

holy revelation
and wholeness
completing the work

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
October 24, 2021

art image by Rowena Davis

Author’s note: The poem is influenced
by my reading of Rollo May’s book
‘The Courage to Create.’ I recommend
the book highly to all creatives whatever
your form of expression.

Reflection: My Romance With Bookstores and Great Books

Reflection: My Romance With Bookstores and Great Books

Over the weekend, we visited three different brick and mortar bookstores. I have
always loved bookstores and libraries. Holding the books in your hands, reading
snippets, admiring the author’s creativity, and being inspired to write.

After Cathey and I were first married in the early 1970’s , we had a VW Beetle,
which she drove to her work everyday, and a bike I rode wherever I needed to go.
This included many trips to a lovely independent bookstore in the village near where
we lived. I spent a lot of time there reading and buying the books of Jack Kerouack,
Alan Watts, Ram Dass, Carlos Casteneda, Kurt Vonnegut, Richard Brautigan, and
many others.

This weekend we visited: an Amazon storefront, a Barnes and Noble, and our
independent bookstore, Parrnassus, co-owned by the novelist, Ann Pachett, who
lives in Nashville.

At Parnassus, I purchased the newly published book, The Every, by Dave Eggers,
which is only being sold through independent booksellers at this time by the author’s
design. Interestingly, the book is available as a hardback with over 30 different cover
designs (see the book I bought below). Also, Eggers has three different subtitles as
follows: ‘At Last A sense of Order,’ or ‘The Final Days of Free Will,’ or ‘Limitless
Choice is Killing the World.’

His novel focuses on the challenges and dangers facing our culture today due to the
ever increasing growth and power of tech companies and giant e-commerce sites.
The back cover says, “The Every will keep the reader in breathless suspense about
the fate of capitalism, freedom, and the human animal.”

If you love bookstores and good writing by contemporary authors who address the
critical social and cultural challenges of our times creatively and prophetically, visit
your local independent bookstore, hold it in your hands, marvel at it, pick your cover,and buy this book by Dave Eggers. And happy reading! 

poem: in the flow embracing the sweet spot in aging

poem: in the flow embracing
the sweet spot in aging 

in the reprieve
following the onslaught
of our mortality

detecting their is
a sweet spot in the tartness
of our aging

things s l o w  d   o   w   n
having more intimate time
for one another

our rambles shrink
to a home and a field
comfortable in its familiarity

there is a touch
of surrealism
expanding our consciousness

a touch of lament,
prophetic vision, and hope
in things to come

and a renewed creativity
witnessing the wisdom
one has hard earned

so now in this in-between place
coming into one’s Self fully
and walking one another Home

faith sustains us preparing
for unseen things to come
in our Cosmic Journey

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
August 7, 2021

photos by Herb Stone

Author’s note: I wrote this poem
just after my wife’s stroke from which
she is now recovering nicely despite
its challenges. Our 50th. year
anniversary approaching in November.

poem: time+space=creation

poem: time+space=creation

awakening with a poem on the tongue
and the great expanse of time surrounding us
this tableau for our imagination and creativity

our human form being here now
floating on this Gaian speck of life
the Great Cosmic Universe spins

all becoming a model of creative expression
(the page, the canvas, the clay, the notes, the performance)
this mutable reality of materials, energy, consciousness

we write, paint, sculpt, sing, and dance
re-connecting us to the true meaning of Life together
both human and divine, immanent and transcendent

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
July 26, 2021

art unattributed
Aboriginal dreamtime art

poem: aging together here and now

poem: aging together here and now

here in the church
of God’s Creation worshipping
in the woods, dales, and lakes

doing the work of bringing light unto the self
practicing Self realization, resisting the Empire
and all that separates us from Creation

residing in authentic communities
of healing and belonging with others
who value sharing the work and doing the practice

walking in nature, creating,
writing down the bones
taking care of one another and those we may

here and now in our aging together
releasing worldly desires, falling upward,
in the cloud of unknowing

flowing with Cosmic energy
connecting root to crown
filling hearts with grace, love, hope, faith

beloveds, we are fine

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
June 16, 2021

photo: the author and his wife at Bird Heave
Hill in the Southern Hills of Nashville

Author’s note: Just a little love note from Cathey
and I to all our beloveds that we are fine here on
Bird Heaven Hill doing the quiet, slow practice and
work of Self, mutuality, belonging together, and oneing,
and we invite you all to join together in authentic
communities of intentionality, purpose, and meaning.

Let us love one another!

poem: nature’s tableau vivant

poem: nature’s tableau vivant

just at the edge of the clearing
where the woods begin,
sun dappled leaves stir
and the shadows flutter

the rabbits suddenly disappear
the wren suddenly silent
the stillness only punctuated
by the crows clamor

crows flying through shadow and light
cawing little dive bombers,
the stealthy fox perchance near
deep in the darkest shadows

this frozen moment of nature’s wilding,
a theatrical tableau, the artist vision,
the poets verse seeks to capture
nature’s tableau vivant vitale

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
May 20, 2021

art image by Claudio D’ Angelo

poem: writing is a lifeline

poem: writing is a lifeline

arising, my core flame
burning low, a small ember
weakened and weighed down

sitting quietly,
with little spark to spare,
rallying a bit in the silent stillness

working on my poetry
like the breath returning
stoking my inner flame

prana’s flow
chakra’s balancing
life force energizing

my writing seeks meaning
and purpose deeply
connecting me to my inner core

and a lifeline of belonging
united in community with Beloveds,
I write as my life depends on it

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
May 15, 2021

image Chakra Energy Centers
unattributed

Author’s note: The Svadhisthana Chakra, our
second chakra at the bodys sacrum, is represented
by the color orange and the element water, and it
is our energy center of creativity and self-expression.
Balancing this chakra, through breathing, pranayama,
visualization, and other techniques increases our
appreciation and creation of poetry, art, literature,
dance, theatre, music, and other forms of self-expression.
It is a conduit of inner vision and outer manifestation
of the good, the true, and the beautiful. Chanting
the sacral chakra’s mantra ‘Vam’ properly helps
balance this chakra. The mantra is chanted as a vibrational
tone and not spoken as a word. Check a source such
as YouTube to learn how to intone the mantra properly
for optimal effect.