Friday, May 25, 2012


Zen Story: Cause and effect

 There lived an old farmer who had worked on his fields for many, many years. One day, his horse bolted away. His neighbors dropped in to commiserate with him. “What awful luck,” they tut-tutted sympathetically, to which the farmer only replied, “We’ll see.”

Next morning, to everyone’s surprise, the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How amazing is that!” they exclaimed in excitement. The old man replied, “We’ll see.”

A day later, the farmer’s son tried to mount one of the wild horses. He was thrown on the ground and broke his leg. Once more, the neighbors came by to express their sympathies for this stroke of bad luck. “We’ll see,” said the farmer politely.

The next day, the village had some visitors – military officers who had come with the purpose of drafting young men into the army. They passed over the farmer’s son, thanks to his broken leg. The neighbors patted the farmer on his back – how lucky he was to not have his son join the army! “We’ll see,” was all that the farmer said!

In the seed of a mishap lies the potential tree of good fortune.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Ode to a Sister Spirit

I know you to be sister...for you told me so....differently.
Told me your name......i dont remember it now - but it felt like
C's & M's & L's..and maybe an E or I or two.

I've only known of you for a very, very, very small span of time....

but i saw you give shade...
i saw you as an anchor & a support

& i saw & felt the small twigs that fell on unsuspecting heads
(i figured you were feeling ignored & trying to get attention...get a hello)

I did not like the dangling SPIDER! EEK! that I walked into.....w/my face!

I know you will be gone soon....& i WILL miss you.

I also know that life & death go hand in hand forever..... @ least on this planet.

But know.....the garden will receive more sun & provide more robust food for use...
& know that your wood will provide heat during the cold months...
your ashes will mingle w/that garden providing some of it's needs...

and then...miracle of miracles you are re-born......


but there you are nourishment

thank you......
& goodbye
& hello
nazufani 12/24/2011

Sunday, July 25, 2010

FOR QUINN & PHAEDRUS....cause i can!!

n'er blinking....can you relate?
fantasy to create!!


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

travel & mystery

On being a lone traveler:

My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I am truly a ‘lone traveler’ and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude…

On the marvel of life:

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed.

-al e

Thursday, May 20, 2010