Author Archives: CF


On the Fence

            The ordinary saints, the ones we know . . . When shall we see them? Who can truly show Whilst still rough-hewn, the God who shapes our ends? Who […]



        [T]he more souls who resonate together, the greater the intensity of their love, and, mirror-like, each soul reflects the other.   Dante Alighieri Purgatorio xv, 67-75 (trans. Stephen Mitchell)     […]


Ice Planet

            Like the universe’s largest engagement ring, it twirls and sparkles its way through infinity.   “Astronomers Locate a New Planet” Contradictions in the Design Matthew Olzmann  


Coffee Mug

              Coffee is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening . . . like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but […]



        A lineage of shapes Fretted by chance, whose regularities Are all statistical, like Brownian motion, Whose fine configurations Turn out to be the same at every scale.   “In Praise of […]


Dish Drainer

          It’s all ordinary experience, All ordinary images. By chance they emerge in a dream, Turning out infinite new patterns.   “Dream and Poetry” Hu Shih  


Janus Mask

        In ancient Roman myth, Janus is the god of beginnings and endings. Because he looks toward both the future and the past, he is shown as having two faces. The month […]


Another New Year

    All days are sacred days to wake New gladness in the sunny air. Only a night from old to new; Only a sleep from night to morn. The new is but the old […]


Christmas Angel

              We hear the Christmas angels The great glad tidings tell O come to us, abide with us Our Lord Emmanuel.   “O Little Town of Bethlehem” Traditional Christmas […]


Holiday Shopping

            There may be pink with white or white with rose Or there may be white with rose and pink with mauve Or even there may be white with yellow […]


Virgin of Guadalupe

       Hear me and understand well, my little son, that nothing should frighten or grieve you. Let not your heart be disturbed. . . . Am I not here, who is your Mother? […]



       I come into the presence of still water . . .I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. “The Peace of Wild Things”Wendell Berry 


News: Happy Thanksgiving!

          My head was stuck in a box that bore the name of someone called Henry Brown. The box gave me awful headaches. My sight was dim, and I could not […]



          The laced-head[s] . . . Of the elderberry flowers Curtsied in acknowledgement . . . Of a new day . . . Filled with promises   “Elderberry flowers” Daniel Human […]


Kwan Yin

      Kwan Yin, I invoke Thy sovereign Light, The Divine Jewel of the Sacred Lotus . . . Shine Thy Divine light on my way, Illumine my steps, oh Beloved Mother of Mercy. […]



          What shape was this who came to us, With basilisk eyes so ominous . . . We saw her wavering to and fro, Through dark and wind we saw her […]


Feather Dancer

              I, a quetzal feather, a bird of the flowering water, I flow in celebration.   “Teponaztli Drum Song” Cantares Mexicanos #50 Nezahualcoyotl (Hungry Coyote)  


On a Roll

      Faster and faster it rolled . . . head over heels, one complete somersault after another like a bagel and strangely happy with [it]self.   “The Bagel” David Ignatow  


Slow Release

          O hushed October morning mild, Begin the hours of this day slow . . . Beguile us in the way you know; Release one leaf at break of day; At […]



  Hapless mariners are they, Who beguil’d (as seamen say), Deeming him some rock or island, Footing sure, safe spot, and dry land, Anchor in his scaly rind; Soon the difference they find; Sudden plumb, […]