Lara De Ann

So many talks on phone and on skype So much time deliberating what to do or not do Seems it was back and forth for an eternity Like we had always known each other And known the distance like a tight glove Known the physical distance that sometimes Paralleled the emotional distance When mind and …

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Door Open

You left the door open and I walked on through. You left the door open and I walked on through.   I gave you a chance, then another, then another and another. I thought tolerance was a virtue until I saw the door was open. I thought I should stay and work things out, mend, …

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Expression Starter

Each encounter we make Could possibly be a key We so desperately need To open a part of ourselves We kept hidden.   What a pleasure To have ourselves unlocked To begin a new direction – within –and without the burden of self-doubt That stops the world from moving forward.   Sometimes something happens -which …

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In The Ring

We wrestle with life, Push it away, Yank on it Complain about it And want more of it as it gets closer to the end.   We struggle against it: Its complicated details Its complex paths Convoluted and difficult Like a maze We must find our way through Like a riddle that answers us with …

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Steep Journey

Turning ‘round to face Mecca – not the one in the Middle East, the one east of me, in the Coachella Valley of California. Sort of screwed up by my lack of spontaneous travel nowadays, making stories of others’ adventures enough for me as I sit in my arm chair… …You were my Adventure – …

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Why do we Chant?

Why? Why do we? Why do we chant? Why do we chant to the Gohonzon twice a day? Sitting on a chair, on the floor, cross legged, on a pillow, With or without candles lit? Facing the Mandala of Light Nirchiren Daishonin’s gift Of Blessed Chinese characters Looking, gazing, mesmerized As we chant Nam Myoho …

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