The Om syllable


man or mind and tra or instrument.

Word or phrase repeated aloud or silently.

Om, the sound of creation, original vibration.

Nam myoho renge kyo I say again.

It vibrates through mind, body and spirit.


Read more:  “Mantra: Instrument of the Mind”


Ash Wednesday

I do not hope to turn again

but conversion (convertere) is not always planned.

I had never meant to turn about

from the material world, but on this

day of penitence, I kneel and wonder.

Ash Wednesday

Photo: Ryan Wiedmaier – Flickr

It surprised me that this is actually the third Ash Wednesday poem I have written here. The first line of this poem repeats the first line of T.S. Eliot’s poem “Ash-Wednesday