Bald eagles

On retreat last week, we watched three bald eagles with their amazing wingspan soaring, gliding and reigning supreme – a mother and her two young ones, their heads still brown.

Soaring like eagles

Gliding above earth and sky

Vision far beyond

How do you capture beauty?


One day when Bashó and one of his 10 disciples, Kikaku, were going through a rice field, Kikaku composed a haiku on a red dragonfly that caught his fancy. He showed it to Basho

Take a pair of wings

From a dragonfly, you would

Make a pepper pod.

No, said Bashó. “that is not a haiku. You kill the dragonfly. If you want to compose a haiku and give life to it, you must say:

Add a pair of wings

To a pepper pod, you would

Make a dragonfly.

Kenneth Yasuda, The Japanese Haiku

Adding wings…giving life…A subtle shift changes the whole picture. What does it take in our thinking? In our world today?


Blue skies and white clouds

Beneath endless horizon

I watch dolphins play

Where do you notice the playfulness of God? How do you join God’s playfulness? What are your ways of being playful?