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This is a dream.

All that is required of me

in this moment

is sustained, unaltered awareness.

This is the essence of sight,

where light and shadow become one.

Writing in the form of artistic expression is an engagement with life; it is understanding or "standing under," as a writer friend of mine put it, the interactive flow of life that is, at its core, internal. It is only an illusion that we stand outside of life as the observer, for life is one orchestration of many instruments. The cello is not separate from the violin; both are wavelengths of the same ocean in deep introspection. The living of life is always self-recognition – the whole seeing itself in parts. Each part a specific aspect of self-discovery. It is in the wonderment of that, by which writers are compelled to write. It is a deeply spiritual exercise, a meditation.

I guess you could say, it is the Rite of Writing.


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The glassy-eyes of spirit fatigue

masked by the iris and pupil of the mind

to hide the cornea and sclera

protecting the soul

from too much cause and effect,

brought on by the ego

stumbling through the day,

looking alert but sound asleep


How opaque the glass of soul?

A matter of density,

the hardness of dream

into rock-solid reality


Soul glass is made

from the sands of time

burned by the heat of experience

into reflective or refractive looks;

a medium of awareness,

giving peeks into reality.


The better the glass

the clearer the looks,

the cleaner the view

through the dream


The wiser of beings

do superior glass making

Their acuity of consciousness

makes a better glass,

gives a larger mean free path

for the photons of spirit.

Their eyes allow in all the light

They wear no masks for protection

Set side by side with everyone else,

they are like glass to brick.”

Thinning of the Veils

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The Rite of Writing


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Thinning of the Veils

a work of spiritual, socially-relevant poetry and memoir. Carl Hitchens – Drumtalk, June 2018

Shades of Light

Spiritual and socially relevant poetry

iUniverse, 2013

Breath of Fire

Meditations on Divine Names –

A Multi-Faith Anthology of Contemporary Poetry

Maja Trochimczyk, Editor

Moonrise Press, 2012

Historical Memoir-Myth:

Sitting with Warrior –

War is the nexus between the human condition we have and the one we’d rather live. From the inside out, we live war or peace.

iUniverse, Dec. 2010

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