Autumn Growth

“Art will liberate itself from
the needs and desires of men.
No longer will we paint a forest
or a horse as we like
or as they appear to us,
but as they really are.”

Franz Marc

Heart on a Vine

“When you remove the risk,
you remove the challenge.

When you remove the challenge,
you wither on the vine.”

Alex Low

A Soft Embrace

“But friendship is the breathing rose,
with sweets in every fold.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes

False Consumption

“In our appetite for gossip,
we tend to gobble down everything before us,
only to find, too late,
that it is our ideals we have consumed,
and we have not been enlarged by the feasts
but only diminished.”

Pico Iyer

Bright Side

“Inside you are sweet beyond telling!
There is a sun in everyone.
I become a mirror that cannot close
its eyes to your longing.
My eyes wet with yours in the early light.
My mind every moment giving birth,
always conceiving,
always in the 9th month.
And then, an empty sky,
and everything is soul and flowering.
Everything is soul and flowering!”
Rumi

Drippin Beauty

“Everywhere water is a thing of beauty
gleaming in the dewdrop,
singing in the summer rain.”
John Ballantine Gough

Bumps of Life

“Were all born with the same size soul,
everyone is born good.
It’s choices along the bumpy road of life
that changes us.”
Unknown

The Rose

As sung by Bette Midler…

More thoughts on Love by Kahlil Gibran

When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.”
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

May we all let our love grow to become a rose!