Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mystic

Mystic

Normally we all believe
it is us who experience life,
and we each build
well lived lives
by accumulating scores
of memorable moments.
So, when you experience life
in some special way, you say,
For me, it's been
a memorable moment.”

But every once in great awhile,
you have an experience
where it seems that Nature herself
takes time out of her busy, busy day
to pay attention just to you.
When life experiences you in this way
it becomes something mystical.

When comes the day you realize
Nature is always
experiencing you in this way
just as you are experiencing her.
When comes the day
you find that both you and the world
are forever as young lovers,
meeting in a vast, vast sea
of happenstance and coincidence,
falling in love just now,
discovering each other,
over and over again, every day,
then you're a mystic.

Dewey Dirks

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Be Still

Be Still

Years ago,
when I was a teenager,
my dad would sit
at the kitchen table
and think for hours on end
as he slowly smoked cigarettes
and drank black, hot coffee.
At the time I couldn't
figure out what
the point of it was.
I'd ask him,
Dad, why don't you get up
and do something?”
He always told me
the same thing.
He'd look at me, smile,and say,
I'm already doing something.”

It wasn't until years later
that I figured out he was right.
Sitting and thinking
is a beginning,
middle, and end all by itself.
It's one of the
more important things
we all need to do
and I'd be willing to bet
it's something that most of us
have forgotten,
or never learned how to do.

Our culture raises us
from embryos to stay busy
and most people are enculturated
so heavily that they will do
practically anything
to avoid having to sit and think.
On the rare occasion they do
sit and just think,
it's only when they have
some sort of crisis in their lives
and feel the need
to sort things out.

Get acquainted with yourself.
Teach yourself to be still.
If you do, I'll bet you'll find
that you're a pretty enjoyable
person to hang out with.
Start by having
a conversation with yourself
when you are all alone.
For an hour or two,
sit somewhere comfortable
with a drink and think about
anything you'd like.

Put down your phone.
Don't text your friends.
Don't sit at the computer.
Don't watch
the wide screen television.
Ask yourself a few questions
about things big and small.
See what sort of answers
you bring to the table.
Great things always begin
by being still.
Likewise, all your
journeys inward start
by being still, my friend.

My dad was a brilliant man
and a natural born engineer---
Among the best I've ever come
across or even heard of
and all the things he made
in life began by sitting
at the kitchen table thinking.
And me? Well, just about
everything I ever write
begins by being still for awhile.

Dewey Dirks

Monday, July 21, 2014

Six Words

Six Words

Although there are
many good words
and many words
that can heal
there are six words
that I'm especially happy
to know in life.
Six words
that, if lived by well,
connect us together
and can heal us all.

First is the Chinese word, 'Tao.'
It means a great deal
when you understand it.
Imagine everything that exists,
both alive and inanimate.
Think of everything all this does.
Imagine the reasons why everything
that exists do all that they do.
All of that, all together, all at once
is what Tao is.
Think of everything anything ever does
as notes in a grand song
that an orchestra is playing.
Tao is the orchestra and the song
all together, all at once.
Tao is the idea that the entire Universe
is one single system-in-action.
It means that we each and all
are separate things
that together make One thing.
It is what gives all existence
pattern and order
and it is the music
to which in life we all dance.
Tao is all of us in an orchestra
playing a grand symphony
while dancing along.
Good to know
that Tao doesn't dictate actions
but allows all the different
kinds of music everyone wants to play.
Tao is all that we understand
and all that dwells
beyond our understanding.
It is the fly on the table,
your son texting his friends,
your Aunt Harriet sewing a scarf,
Elephants on the savannah,
and all the fish in the sea.
Tao is all of us dancing
to a melody never set to paper.
Tao is all the things we do in life.
Tao is you and me.

Next is the Hindi word 'Namaste.'
It means 'I honor and see
the place in you where
dwells love and the divine,
and I honor that same place in me,
thereby together we are One.'
I like this word very much
because if you say it
with your heart and soul
it reminds you that
we all are brothers and sisters---
Children of the same Mother Nature.
Everything that lives
are equals by virtue
of the sparks of life
within us all.

Next is a phrase
spoken by the Lakota people
of North America.
'Mitakuye oyasin' means
'All my relations' and
calls to mind not just
your human brothers and sisters
but your relations to
everything that exists
in the entire Universe.
It means that all Nature
is interconnected
and we each are small parts
of something vast and magical.
Something that is wonderful
and full of mystery.

Next are two more words
from the Chinese language.
Yin and Yang call to mind
not the good and the bad,
but that which is passive
and that which is active in life.
Yin is passive and supple
like liquid water.
Yang is active and assertive
like the same water in the form
of a thunder storm.
Yin Yang means that all the world
evolves in cycles, the active
first rising then giving way
to the passive only to rise
and give way again and again.
Yin and Yang are not opposites.
Like two sides of a great mountain
one side quiet in the shade,
the other shined upon
by the bright sun,
each side is complementary
to the other and within in each
is the seed of its counterpart.
Neither one is better than the other
and different parts of the world
gravitate naturally to one or the other.
Though both appear in all the world
in equal proportion, it is said
that Nature favors the Yin.
Yin and Yang remind us all
that the sum of our lives
is not a battle
in the middle of fighting
but a continuous process
that is constantly evolving.

Different words are favored
by different people.
These words are the ones
that mean the most to me.
I favor them, or perhaps,
they favor me.
Six words gathered
from the cultures of Humanity.
Six words to connect us each.
Six words to bind
all life together as One.
Six words to guide and nurture.
Six words to live
and love and learn.
Dewey Dirks

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Search

The Search

We each search the world outside
looking for meaning and truths.
Like flowers calling bees
to dance life's dance
meaning and truth look
for us was as well.
The secret is that
before we can recognize
any meaning and truths
in the world around us,
we first must discover
them in ourselves.
Your search starts the day
you begin to look inside.
All the wandering
you do before then
is just practice.
Wonders and great mystery
are waiting my friend
Why not begin
your journeys today?
You'll be surprised
at what you see
when you come out
on the other side.

Dewey Dirks

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Wondering and Wandering

Wondering and Wandering

It is good to go through life
wondering and wandering
about everything from God
to what heights and depths
the human spirit can go
to what animals might be thinking
as they go through their day.
Go though life questioning
what none of us know
and what you think
you already know.
Revisit those questions
again and again.
Discover the views of others.
Become a collector
of points of view.
Learn to recognize the mystery
in everything
that surrounds us all.
In every question
you find yourself asking
is the eternal opportunity
to learn
and to unlearn.

Dewey Dirks

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Mistaken

A young friend of mine is just starting out writing. Please take a look at his poem. Personally, I think this young man has a good deal of potential :)

Mistaken

All those moments I contemplated,
You were precise and I was erroneous
All those moments I deliberated,
I was a horrific jingle in your stunning melody
I realize I was mistaken
Because I was a canopy to judge you
I realize I was defective
Because my mistakes were like a dew
It seems people don’t recognize me
How bad someone feels to be left out
It seems people don’t recognize me
The pain and sting when someone mistakes out
People find it superior to blame me
People find it fine to disgust me
But my pain and sting are dissimilar and diverse
Cavernous in my heart that nobody can touch and feel
Time reflected and shown,
It was not me but others
Who are immoral all the time?
It was not me but others
Who are idealistic tune all the time?

Saurav Karki

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Lot With Just a Little

A Lot With Just a Little

I've always been interested in cars
although I've not bought
any cool ones myself in many years,
I've always kept an eye out
whenever I drive down the street
for cars worth seeing.

Years ago when I was young
my friends and I used to laugh
at this old junker Plymouth that this guy
drove all over the town where I lived.
I never met the dude, but his car
was old and dented with faded brown paint.
On the side he spray painted in large, sloppy
letters a sign that said “Jeff Barts, Private Eye.”
It wasn't until years later,
long after I'd moved away that I realized
that Mr. Barts was a young man to be respected
because even though he had next to nothing,
he was striving to realize his dreams in life
with the resources he had at the time.

A few years back, a friend and I used to go
to this parking lot in town where early
Sunday mornings lots of people gathered
who had fast and exotic cars
to show off their rides and chat
over coffee and beer.
Amongst all the Cobra's,
Viper's, Ferrari’s, Porsche's
and six hundred horsepower
Corvette's there was this guy
who showed up every Sunday
with a clunky faded green
'75 Ford Gran Torino with a white vinyl top
that had a 400 Cleveland with a blower
sticking out of the hood.
It was obvious that he'd done
all the work himself with sloppy
liquid metal beads around the edges
of plexiglass windows, badly wound
aluminum tape on the hoses
and klunky orange paint
on the brake drums that didn't match
the rest of the car.

His Torino stood out like a sore thumb
there amongst all those high dollar rides.
All the other owners shunned him
and chuckled at his car.
I chatted with him once.
He was very proud of his ride
and all the work he'd put into it.
I listened to him talk thinking to myself
that here was another man who was striving
towards his dreams in life come hell or high water.
Of all the people gathered there, he was the one
you just had to respect because even though
he didn't have much, he did his best
with whatever he had.

Whenever you see someone
who is the black sheep of the crowd,
whenever you see someone going for
whatever dreams they have in life
without much to work with
except loads of enthusiasm,
make sure to chat with them.
Give them encouragement
and a kind word.
Remember, the misfits,
and the odd ones out
are often the ones
who have the strongest will and deepest love
for the life that flows in their veins.
When comes the time for humanity
to save itself, it will be the odd ones,
the misfits and the black sheep
who have the most
experience at doing
a lot with just a little.
Likely as not the future
of our species will rest with them.

Dewey Dirks

Friday, June 27, 2014

Good Grace

Good Grace

The other day I was talking
with a friend about the things
that I write.
She said, “I've noticed that most
of the poems you write
are uplifting and positive.”
I said, “Well, I write what
I know and what is in my heart.”
She said, “Certainly you must have
bad things happen to you too.”
I told her, “Yes, I've had very terrible
things happen but my experiences
in life have taught me that
if you are willing to look for it,
there are virtually always upsides
to the things that happen.

You know that scene from
Star Wars where the two Jedi
have to make it past a giant blast door
to get at the bad guys on the other side,
so they put their light sabers
into the door and after a few minutes
they just burn through the door?
The kind and good grace
of some of the things
that have happened to me
are like those light sabers---
They are of such a great
and powerful proportion,
that after awhile, their memory
manages to burn through
anything terrible
that happens to me.

Sometimes things happen to you
that you never really get over
some of them are bad, but there are
others as well even more lasting
that are good.
When I write, I keep the good
things in mind because
the memory of them outshines
just about anything else
that has ever happened to me.”

Dewey Dirks

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Delusions

Delusions

The other morning
I had a long conversation
with a young man who suffered
from paranoid delusions.
Breathlessly he explained
to me how an insidious group
called the Bungalow Cabal
had been bugging his phone
and messing with his computer
for many years.
He said no one would help him
and that the cops and government
officials were in on it too.

Later in the day
I sat down at coffee
in a bar where everyone
was watching
the soccer championships
down in Brazil.

I had to ask myself
which is the greater delusion?
Those of a man
scared and all alone whose
point of view is socially unfashionable
and whose ideas hurt only himself,
or the international delusion
that it's perfectly fine for a country
to spend many billions building
sports arenas on the broken backs
of poor people who need
food, clinics, and schools
and then broadcast
weeks of games while the police
and military rob the people
of their rights to protest the oppression
so the rest of the world can
enjoy the spectacle of soccer games
either unaware or uncaring
of all the mayhem.

Dewey Dirks

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Education

Education

All the world
is pretty much the same everywhere.
There are cities full of people
and countryside outside of town
both farmed and wild.

All the world over,
we work daily,
come home and tend to our families.
There are people we talk to,
people we love, and many people
we see but do not know.

Don't trust the sitcoms,
talkshows, and news to teach you.
Don't depend on Facebook, Twitter
and YouTube...keep it real, my friend
Remember, your real education
begins when you leave college
and turn off your TV and smartphone.
All the world is around you all the time.
Nature is a teacher
who will not steer you wrong.

Let the world
and your neighborhood
be your school in life...
Learn from your intuition.
Let your soul teach you wisdom.
Look for kindness around you
---sometimes it's subtle and hidden
by the false bravado and daily banter
of peoples pride.
We all live under one sky.
We all breath
the same kind of oxygen
and drink the same kind of water.
We all want to love and be loved
we all want happiness and to feel useful
we all feel fear and anxiety
from time to time.

The great lies of our time are three---
That national borders
make us different from one another.
That there is more
that is wrong in the world
than there is that is right.
And that our civilization has removed
us all so far from nature
that we cannot learn from it.

Dewey Dirks

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Arlene James

Hi folks, Take a look at this feature article by Chris Rice Cooper on Contemporary and Christian Romance Writer, Arlene James. I'm sure you'll find Arlene's story quite amazing and her books very interesting Here is the link: http://chrisricecooper.blogspot.com/2014/06/feature-on-contemporary-and-christian.html

Monday, June 16, 2014

Free

Free

All the Earth is teeming with life.
All the world around you,
the sky above you,
and in the ground below
is filled with living creatures,
although most of them
are far too small for you to see.

You and all the living creatures
around you are equals by virtue
of the sparks of life
that propel us each and all.
By virtue of both biology and spirit.
you are part of that life
and all of them are part of you.

When you put down your sense
of human self-importance for awhile
along with all the twirls and twists
of desires, wants and needs
that are part of human existence
and let all the rest of you---
All that is part
of the living world around
come to the forefront
of your consciousness,
a great weight
lifts from your being
and you become indelibly aware
of what you really are---
a spark of life
that is part of the sky,
the ground, and the sea
alive only for the joy of existing
living in a primordial wilderness
rich and full with life
bright and fresh,
breathing peace,
wild and free.

Dewey Dirks

Friday, June 13, 2014

Meter of Our Stride

Meter of Our Stride

When he invents something,
no man is so wise
that he can foresee
all the consequences
of the things he creates,
and so we invent blindly
compelled by our passions for knowledge
not knowing what the future
of mankind might be
because of our creations.
Human ingenuity
creates largely unconsciously
in our walking sleep.

What lights the spark
of our imaginations
know one knows
but this much is sure---
It is guided by as yet
unknown natural principles.
We can see the traces
of these principles
when we view such
mysteries as why
the researchers
in competing companies and countries
can only invent new
technologies at approximately
the same pace,
and why certain advancements
in human understanding such as calculus
were invented by different people
at about the same time
when the inventors were widely separated
and had no contact with one another.
What is clear, is that human
creativity, like all products of evolution,
only advances at a certain pace.
No one yet can tell
what meters our stride.

We all are children
of Mother Nature and of our times.
Our creativity is a result
of our spirits and our biology,
combined with
a small bit of natural randomness
built into each of us.
Mother Nature
evolves our biology
and only she
knows of what our spirits are made,
from whence they came,
and to where they will return.

Dewey Dirks

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Line to Tow

Line to Tow

Everyone who lives
on Mother Earth.
Everyone you ever meet.
Everyone you ever know.
Everyone you don't know.
All of us here have a line to tow
---things that we each
need to learn in life.

Some need learn
to control themselves,
some need to learn to let go.
Some need to learn not to
doubt themselves so much,
some need to learn
that they're not always right.
Some need to learn
to be more giving,
some need to learn
that they're as important
as those they try to help.
Some need to learn how powerful
their spirit really is,
others need to learn
we all are just living specks
on one tiny blue dot
among billions upon billions of others.

Some need to learn more patience,
some need to learn
when enough is enough.
Some need to learn
they can take care of themselves,
others need to learn
it's OK to let others help them.
Some need to learn to be
more trusting of others,
some need to learn to be
more cautious.
Some need to learn
to not be so believing of their culture,
some need to learn to have faith
that nature knows
what she's doing
by evolving people.

Some need to learn not to
act without a little forethought,
others need to learn
when to have some faith
and jump into the unknown.
Some need to learn
to love wonder and learning,
others need to learn
when they've learned enough.

Some need to learn to ask
themselves a few questions,
Some need to learn
to have some faith
in the answers they've found.
Some need to find out
what they need to learn,
some need to learn
what they need to unlearn.
Some need to learn love and affection
come in many kinds,
some need to learn how to give
of their soul
and love with their entire being.

Dewey Dirks

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Rivers

Rivers

Each life passes
like the journey
of water
on a great river.

Rise to meet
each morning anew
and accept what brings
the river that day.

Some days are rushed
with the toss and tumble
of white-water rapids.
Other days flow gently by,
barely moving
with the kind stillness
of back-water eddies.

Take care to discover
what there is to enjoy
in each rolling day.
Remember, variety is one
of the joys of life.
All things pass,
good, bad and in-between.
We all will meet once again
in the vast blue oceans
from which all waters come
and to which all rivers return.

Dewey Dirks

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sam

Sam

My cat, Sam I Am
jumped into my lap
to get a few pets tonight
he and I, we're fast friends

He loves wholly
with the pure emotion
of a child
---arches his back
into my hands,
bumps his head
on my chin,
purrs a deep
diesel engine purr,
and kneads his paws
on my leg
I pet him with two hands
appreciating his company
enormously
I know he'll be my muse
later on tonight
and lend himself
to be in a poem

If you believe the notion
animals have souls
you look at them
more as you would
another human
rather than as something
somehow of less stature
in the eyes of nature

And Sam, well, he
gives love back
with every place
in his furry body
that his heart
pumps blood
It is good
to love that way
just ask Sam

Dewey Dirks

Monday, June 2, 2014

Deep Inside

Deep Inside

We all have a great beauty
deep inside
but many times it is hidden
by an ugly ego
or a clump of ignorance.
It is up to each of us to journey
until we can feel and see
this beauty in ourselves,
in those around us,
and in the world.

When the beauty
of a persons soul
is near the surface
of their being
you can see
its brilliant radiance
shining clear and gentle
regardless of their
physical appearance.

Dewey Dirks

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Alone Again

Alone Again

For the last
twenty-eight years
I've lived as part
of one couple or another.
So, finding myself alone
after all these years
is kind of a new thing for me
all over again.
I'm re-discovering what it is
to just be me,
and not part of a pair.
This I know---
there is much to learn
and although, like everyone else,
I've been changing
to remain the same through the years,
my experiences over all that time
have re-cast me.
I am not who I was
twenty-eight years ago.

I've learned to not want a lot
of everything, but rather
to want a few things a lot.
Where once I was always
focused on goals,
now, I pay more attention
to traveling and goals
are just part of the scenery
I pass along the way.
Where once my path
was often fenced
by my hopes and fears,
now I find fewer fences
and more unbounded
fields and sky.
I seem to be more me
than I was
in my twenties.
I'm more comfortable
in my skin even though
I've been scarred many times
by hell and high water.

Dewey Dirks

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Good and Bad

Good and Bad

Nature is not
divided into that
which is good
and that which
is bad.

Good and bad are
human categories
and they are ego-centric;
Before there can be
good or bad,
there has to be
someone or something
for an action to be
good or bad about.

Think of the relationship
between a wolf and a rabbit.
From the point of view
of a wolf, it's very good
that there are rabbits
he can catch to eat,
and it's bad that many rabbits
run too fast to catch and eat.
From the point view
of the rabbit, wolves are very bad,
and it's very good that many
rabbits can run fast enough
to get away from them.
From the point of view of Nature,
both rabbits and wolves
are part of the song of life, and it's
only proper that there is food
for wolves, and that rabbits
can often run fast enough
to not get eaten.
Nature is fair
to both of them.

Nature is a living thing
made of of all
the interconnected
kinds of life that live
in its biosphere.
Like any living creature,
it cares for all the parts
that are interconnected
to create its living body.
In the end, Nature
is as fair as practicable
to all of the creatures
that are a part of it,
be they wolves, rabbits,
spiders, flies or man.

Man, for his part
must take care that
our species doesn't
grow and consume
to such an extent
that we become
a cancer in the living
body of our Mother
biosphere because
if we do, Nature,
will make sure
that we are gone
soon enough.

Dewey Dirks

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Strange and Beautiful

Strange and Beautiful

Have you ever heard
of that famous story
“Stranger in a Strange Land”
about a visitor upon Earth
from another world?
I used to like that book
because for the longest time.
I too felt like
a stranger upon this world.
I wandered and wondered
at the odd ways of humanity
for years on end.
After a time, I found a mate in life
and together we went through our days
feeling mutually strange together.
We used to like to say that
we were a culture of two.
Because I had a hand to hold
and a heart to touch
I didn't feel so alone any more.

As the years passed I began to notice
bits and pieces
of myself in many of the people
I happened across and bits and pieces
of other in myself.
As the time went by and I discovered
more of myself
I discovered the world as well.
Conversely, as I discovered the world
I was able to journey farther within myself.
After a long time, I realized,
we all are very similar
in the things we hope and desire most
and there are only a dozen or so
different ways we each use strive
to satisfy our hopes and desires.

But you know, after you've grown
skilled at living
and adept both paring
and meeting your desires,
at the base of all your journeys
you come back
to the same questions
and the same mysteries.
You find that success isn't about
the gathering of things,
whether they're items or knowledge.
Success is the difference between
being able to say,
“This place is strange,”
and being able to say
This place is strange and beautiful.”

Dewey Dirks

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Uncharted

Uncharted

I've long wandered
waters uncharted,
never putting down my colors.
Fought Scylla and Kraken
among the blackest skies
on hurricane killer seas.
I've sailed, as well, across oceans
elegant and blue glass smooth
with beauty everywhere
in the golden air, on the far shores
and in the crystal blue sky
as far as my eyes could see.
I've been lost in the
roughest midnight
white water waves
only to find
a lighthouse beacon
as the final seconds
were quickly passing by me.
I've learned to set
my sails as high
as I can,
and let the
fresh spring gales
and deep blue currents
guide my way.
I've learned to navigate
by astrolabos,
by floating green seaweed,
by shallow rolling waves,
and by the shining stars
on the most distant of seas.

Now, I'm still a man who
likes a good laugh
and good company,
and like many,
I've come to see that
all of humanity is sailing
in waters vast and unknown.
Like many, I've used
what I've learned
to raise my voice
and give the clearest advice
I know how to give.

Whenever the seas
turn rough you can tell
there is some learning
to be done.
On broken, uncharted waters,
we humans are
in a three way race
between the awakening
of our souls,
the widening reach
of our technology
and the ravenous
and short sighted appetite
of our corporate greed.
On the horizon,
the skies are darkening
and dire storms
are soon to be
coming our way.

Think only of yourself
and you're sure to lose.
Think only of yourself
and your buddies
and you might last
a few hours
through the first day.
Think of all of humanity,
and you might be there
when the storms have passed
and the skies
are clear once again.
Our entire species
is going to be threatened
and only by the deeds
of all of us together as equals
can Homo Sapiens
ever make it through.

Dewey Dirks