In August

In August October 3, 2022

The light bobs on the

small leaves, so quietly,

so thoroughly, that I can

feel its ancestor bow

along a bend in the Yangtze

River a thousand years ago.


I sense my counterpart

imagining me a thousand

years in the future.


Like two souls looking

through a window they

mistake for a mirror, we

settle back into ourselves.


The chord we strike

fills each of us with a sense

of Eternity we can’t forget.


The Earth grudgingly turns

away from the sun and the

leaves now in shade are

just leaves in shade.


But we have each seen

all the way through.


Each of us left with an

urge to be more loving.

A Question to Walk With: In conversation with a friend or loved one, discuss someone from history that you feel drawn to and why.

This is from my book of poems, The Half-Life of Angels.

OCT 28-30: Harmony Hill Retreat Center, Surviving Storms: Finding the Strength to Meet Adversity, A Weekend Retreat, (web link) — IN PERSON

NOV 18-20: Shallowford Family Counseling Center, The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom That Waits in Your Heart, A Fri-Sat Retreat, Sunday Morning Service Talk, Heartwork: Being a Spirit in the World, (web link) — IN PERSON

NOV 30: California Institute of Integral Studies, FREE Live Podcast and Conversation between Mark and faculty member Cindy Shearer about Mark’s new book Surviving Storms, 5-6:30PM PST/8-9:30PM EST, (web link) – ONLINE

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