poem: healing heaven and earth

poem: healing heaven and earth

living our lives
waiting for a magic pass
to a magic kingdom
is wasting our breath

there is no magic pass
to the self truth
of True Self
and it’s Healing

there is no magic pass
to the relational mutuality
of Authentic Community
and Coming Home

there is no magic pass
to the Higher Consciousness
of Universal Truth
and it’s Cosmic Being

there is no magic pass
to the Radical Grace and Love
of the New Way
and New Life

only through grace, contemplation,
awareness, intent, will, and action
are we personally transformed
and collectively actualized

only rigorous preparation
and tenacious practice
will render us ready to participate
in Heaven and Earth Here and Now

when all things are considered
with Radical Grace and Love
Heaven and Earth
are one

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
October 14, 2021

art images:
Native American Women,
unattributed
On the Mountain Top,
Kevin A. Williams,
Healing the Earth,
Micki Mueller

Author’s note: The last stanza is
a paraphrase of Hui Shih who
wrote: “When all things be
considered with love, heaven
and earth are one body for me.”

poem: bringing Grace, Intent, and Will, to bear

poem: bringing Grace,
Intent, and Will, to bear

open to the
Universal Divine Love
freely given
thus bringing Grace to bear

resolve to carry out
the actions needed to
effect Love’s outcome
thus bringing Intent to bear

directing energy
and awareness
to this end
thus bringing Will to bear

now being present with ‘what is’,
bringing Grace, Intent, and Will,
to bear, healings wholeness
courageously manifesting

be the practice; do the work

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
October 10, 2021

photo: unattributed

Author’s note: Supported Salamba
Matsyasana, or Fish Pose, opens the
chest and heart, and energizes the body,
as we open to further healing. Yoga is
an excellent holistic and healing practice
of the mind, body, and spirit. The Sanskrit
word ‘yoga’ means to yoke or to unite.
~Namaste~

poem: Autumn’s passion lights our souls on fire

poem: Autumn’s passion
lights our souls on fire

bees, butterflies, grasshoppers,
insects of every stripe
abuzz, Autumn’s wild flowers

thistle down fluff
drifting on the breeze
aglow, Autumn’s warm light

surrounded by meadows
bathed in waning light
ablaze, Autumn’s fire in our souls

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
September 29, 2021

photos by author

Autumn’s meadows’

poem: sweet dreams of her youth

poem: sweet dreams of her youth

in her dreams, she is the young woman,
living at home with her parents
and ten siblings,
on the farm, at the beginning
of her youthful life’s passions
and her long successful career

now well into retirement
one of three surviving siblings
in her second half of life
living in a time of pandemic,
in her neurodiversity, she awakens,
with one question for me:

‘where is everybody?’

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
September 26, 2021

photo by author

‘Cathey’s sweet dreams’

poem: Autumn’s healing breath

poem: Autumn’s healing breath

feeling the crisp, clean, chill bite
of early Autumn’s breath
on my skin

the sky a palette under a brilliant sun
tree leaves glisten high above
Earth is glowing

lips sigh, muscles unknot, heart lifts
my body, mind, spirit and
every cell of my body saying Thank You

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
September 24, 2021

photos by author

poem: our lives together in challenging times

poem: our lives together in challenging times

separated from one another
and under assault from the external din
as never before in our lifetime

a ‘new normal’ will never evolve
by commenting on the scenery or
changing external circumstances

needing intensive Self care,
and a cleansing from the rhetoric, lies,
propaganda, hubris, nostalgia, and platitudes

letting go of all we think we know
and that which the dominant authorities
want us to believe although unexamined

here and now quieting and stilling
we are as beginners each new day to the
examined, intentional, purposeful life

transcending the absorbed self
let us turn and open within
to wisdom of the ages and Self truth here and now

being as seekers
of the new day, the new time,
and the new way transformed

recalling Truth and Love
are the treasures sitting upon
the Lotus throne of our hearts

now with intensive Self care and loving mutuality
together we shall meet the difficult challenges
confronting us

dear friends pray for me in my tiredness
as I pray for you in yours, as we take time now,
to be restored together in Truth, Beauty, and Goodness

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
September 20, 2021

photo by author
‘Gulfview Heights, SRB, 2017 with Cathey’