Tag Archives: Richard Osler

MacEwen and Gilbert – Praise in a World Still Burning

Worlds collide, words collide – the smoke that stays in the mouth, the eyes, from the Lac-Megantic oil-tanker train wreck and explosion in Quebec; and here in Port Townsend, Washington, the different smoke of morning mist on the tongue. It will burn away the young woman says who hands me my morning coffee. What will […]

And Still We Sing – A New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Life and Poems of Patrick Lane

It is late October, 2012, last evening of the Vancouver Writers’ Festival. There is music in the big room already. Music made by voices. The event starts in thirty minutes but many of the four hundred-or-so chairs are already filled. The music is sweet and unique. Those particular voices. Those places in the room where […]

An Alphabet of Poets – O is for Osler

Overshadowed I have never prayed in Kyoto or slept on a bed of cherry blossoms. On my wooden altar, white petals have fallen. Beautiful losses. No-Mind No-mind has poured from mountains all night. Gulls float on the stillness. A freighter steams out of the port, floats low in the water. What remains? Smoke trails and […]

Poetry As A Spiritual Practice – Shadowed By Fear

What a great adventure I had for almost 5 months from August to December 2011 when I took Peggy Rosenthal’s on-line course sponsored by Image journal – Poetry as a Spiritual Practice. Here below is my response to her assignment  Poems of Loss, Absence, Darkness, and Doubt. The Chandelier Now, I see you. Now I don’t. […]