Wise voices remind us that there are realities we can embrace. Writings on the uncomfortable but rewarding work of taking a positive orientation to the speed bumps of life, from the ennui of advanced age to communicating the most difficult truths.
Life, like verse, contains beauty, grit, and uncomfortable truth. Inspired by a couplet from Thoreau, our columnist reflects on the journey of life as an artistic, creative craft, in the vein of lyrical composition.
The voyage of discovery comes from seeing the world with grateful eyes. A poetic contemplation of aging, attention, and gratitude.
In poesy and paint, artistic praise for holy birth in Jerusalem and beyond.
It's when we sit with our silence that the world opens before us, in ways large and small. Parker Palmer reflects on Gunilla Norris' poetic words and the regrounding silence brings.
When a new beginning is ushered in with thunderous disappointment, it may be time to change it up. Jane Gross on keeping hope despite life's lemons.
A mother's poetic reflection on simultaneously striving to comfort and teach her children, and learn from her own mother, about the growth that can come from struggle.
Each year brings the loss of a life we loved. But what if our grief served as a conduit to community and creating a more thoughtful, interconnected world?
A poem for the permeable quiet of a December evening, weaving together the lonesome sounds of a home.
More than 800 years later, the great Sufi mystic Rumi continues to influence millions. Omid Safi marvels at the unifying and ripening power of Rumi's wisdom and grace through his poetry and his presence.
For the final night of Hanukkah, a poem brought on by Allen Ginsberg.
The penultimate night celebrates getting older and the embers within.
Finding the light isn't difficult if you find the kindness that stands before you in the face of someone you may never have met. A poem for Hanukkah.
Just past the midpoint of the festival of lights, a glowing reminder that people sometimes say no.
The light of Hanukkah can be found in the voice. A postcard on the fondness of listening and the musical warmth of words.
The feeling of being stuck is one we all have experienced at one time or another. Beleaguered by writer's block, Parker Palmer calls upon his beginner's mind and encourages us to move forward with hope.
Sometimes a poem offers insight into a dream or an event in the news. And sometimes it's about the everyday thing that never occurs.
Born into a world of chaos and uncertainty, a millennial composer calls on his fellow generation to embrace the richness of this age and go berserk with gratitude.
For the ordinary hours, a plaintive poem for those of us on our own.
Nearly 30,000 delegates from 200 nations are in Paris talking about climate change this week. Parker Palmer encourages us to open our eyes to the beauty with a poem and a challenge.
An unexpected exchange catalyzes a conversation about the essential truths of aphorisms and paring the excess without violating the mystery.
With the gift of a poem, a father marvels at the infinities embodied by his young son in this lyrical moment of parental reverence.
Parker Palmer pens an elegy to mark the anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination — a balm for a hurting world.
When the complexities of life challenge us, we find ourselves longing for simplicity. A poetic rumination on the desire to bolster belief with understanding.