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A robin on a maple (haiku)

A robin on a maple in spring bud shits   sings  haiku: kim goldberg photo: herpindiego.com

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Kung Fu Poets – Class Photo

What an awesome bunch in my Kung Fu for Poets workshop today at the Nanaimo Museum! We rocked the joint working on Liuhebafa moves #1 Stop Cart & Ask Directions, #6 Replace Star with North Star, and #31 Monkey Picks … Continue reading

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One Grand Circle

Sometimes you have to head off in the opposite direction to reach your destination…

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The Tao of Totem Poles

Mushrooms are sprouting from the old totem poles, now laid to rest in the forests of Nanaimo’s Bowen Park. Sprouting from eyelashes, jawbones, armpits, wingtips… I am reminded of T.S. Eliot’s epitaph (which he chose himself) inscribed above his interred … Continue reading

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4 Commandments of Master Jou, Tsung Hwa

1. Know yourself. 2. Do your best. 3. Don’t overdo it. 4. Make a little progress every day. ~Master Jou, Tsung Hwa (1917-1998), author of The Tao of Tai-Chi Chuan

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#6. Replace Star with North Star

Gull sails up on spinnaker wings returning starfish to Orion This haiku of mine was recently published in the latest Cosmopoetry Project of Andrei Dorian Gheorghe. Andrei’s cosmopoetry projects combine cosmopoetry from around the world with astronomical images, this time in honour … Continue reading

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Abrupt, Sudden and Primal Unity

One of my favorite parables from the Inner Teachings of Chuang Tzu is the story of Abrupt, Sudden and Primal Unity. This version is from The Essential Tao, as translated by Thomas Cleary:       The lord of the south sea … Continue reading

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#61. Rhinoceros Gazes At Moon

On March 19, the night before the vernal equinox, we had the rare treat of a Supermoon – the first one in nearly 20 years. I walked down to the oceanfront park near my home to do my Liuhebafa beneath … Continue reading

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5 poems in ditch

(And if you think that title sounds funny, you should have been around when ditch published my poem “squat”) I am pleased to announce that the current issue of ditch, a Canadian online magazine of innovative and experimental poetry, is … Continue reading

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#14. Green Dragon Stretches Claws

In honour of International Women’s Day today, we have the 14th move of Liuhebafa – Green Dragon Stretches Claws. This move references and stimulates the liver (green dragon), but also the spring-like awakening of female generative energy. The Green Dragon … Continue reading

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