Merry Christmas Happy Birth Day for Our Lord

   What a beautiful quiet early misty-rainy morning with candles this Christmas Day. The clouds are gently misting through the mountain trees as I look out my windows.  The tall sentinel eucalyptus trees just a few yards off my deck stand firm with the strong gusts of wind bursting through their branches and their hanging bark.  Tiny my cat lies at my side and Suzi my dogie drapes half on my lap as she is at my other side while we experience the joy of the gentle moments of this Christmas morning.  I just finished the Bible reading and morning joyful song.  We are truly blessed. My heart sings out somehow even as I remember the shadows that hover over our world community.  In my small way I send out to you from my heart blessings of prayers, of love, joy, kindness, and thankfulness to you all.  I hope you have some moments to settle in to the silence of the earth's family of voices….it is a wonder and it will fill you with His Peace. 
  Merry Christmas!

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Latest 3 Poems for SS Ministry December 04, 2008

Below are the next three poems I have put together for the Bay Area Poetry Coalition group I attend.  These poems have been in the works for awhile and they may be worked on more, who knows.  In any case I read these December 6th at our monthly meeting.  I was happy they were received well.  Hope you find them enriching.

#4

Threshold—'thrashen'–

to separate the grain from the husk…a place to move into more critical and worthy fullness.

Thresholds are like this

A person calls

someone you love just died

before the message finishes

you are standing in a different world

a threshold crossed—

everything important vanishes;

what was is gone.

Thresholds are where we can encounter

freshness of breathe itself.

Unfamiliar sameness brings

disorientation in the beginning;

We are being moved into and over an

Ethereal space wherein we sense

we suddenly are in a new skin in our lives.

The actual threshold is only recognized

once we have made a crossing.

It seems often to be a change that is

imperceptible to any physical reality.

There are no rituals that help us cross

and we do not cross worthily.

The thresholds for us to cross

are not there by our own making

nor by our own discovery,

rather as we move on in our seeking

they emerge and we cross over in true humility.

by Diane Stavrum 2008

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#5

There Is A Place Within


Time —

stress is a perverted relationship to time.

A target and victim

what is the true moment.

To be.

Zones

Surface time…….rapid

thieved time………over structured

slip down deep below the surface of the ocean

where it is still and things move slower..

Meister Elkhart..”there is a place in the soul that neither

time or space nor no created thing can touch.

Your identity is not determined by your geography

There is a place within each that has not been wounded,

where there is a still assurances in you;

where there is a seamlessness in you;

and where there is a confidence and tranquility in you.

Prayer, spirituality and love is to bring us to visit that

kind of sanctuary.

Soul Love..

by Diane Stavrum 2008

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#6

Sharing and Giving the love of God

No mask or pretension;

Beauty..human soul hungers for beauty..

We feel most alive in the presence of it .

It returns us to our higher selves…

Neglected of beauty is at the heart of our modern crises…

Beauty ennobles the heart,

And it reminds us of the infinity within us.

Mandala, said,
“What we are afraid is not our limitations but the infinite that is within us.”

Open the eyes of your heart to face the challenges that you face…

can you judge for yourself what is right?

by Diane Stavrum 2008

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My Poetry Selections for the Bay Area Poetry Coalition Contest

The Shoreline


The waters shoreline gives

each wave a

newness to the same.


The edge of ocean waters visible

is where one can touch the wetness.


The soul to the body

is an edge where the waters of

invisible spirit

become visible.

Where an edge becomes a convergence.

Take time for it to happen.


Awaken your ability

to a be with each other and to be intimate.

The visible shoreline

by itself is a loneliness covered over with a fake intimacy.

Find the edge

and melt with those near you.

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#2

Cosmic vortexApart_

Simone Weil Might Tell Us

Some said she was a prophet;

maybe she was really a bridge.

The kind that spans worlds.

Worlds of intelligence

and our levels of experience.

She might tell us today that

truth has been taken captive.”

We have settled with a paradigm that came not

from our own deep selves; not our own.

She would say we must

seek at greater depth our own source.”

Why let the powers of today in government and

society lock up our treasure?

She said there are

treasures of alternative ideals”

that are more than customs, styles,

memories, moods, and mannerisms.

Why let the past stand in judgment on our

present, she would say.

She might have said

Awake, and seek the hope that you

secretly know inside–

deeply residing within;

always moving creating.

Uncover the carbon on your heart.

Break off the crust

Like scraping a stone and live

in the exposed light–

transforming

emerging,

evolving

always becoming.

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#3

A Tavern

We have a sanctuary, a gathering.

A tavern for the soul, an assembly of drunkards.

As the Sufi's say:

“Wise to veil speech when discussing such things.”

Oh we enjoy a drinking which exists

beyond the borders of the orthodox.

Other Drinker's at parties,

under elaborate fixtures of every day life,

have gatherings of social culture,

 people unknowing of their own discomfort,

intoxicated in the surface only.

What more? They ask.

Unaccustomed as we are to listen,

we the world are likely to misread our own displeasure's.

We try to enhance

yet we only brandish lightly our own souls

with objects and possessions.

Drinking more in the silence of the soul

Tavern together we will find Crystals and

Facets of our faces illuminated

that we didn't see before.

There are suddenly many themes on themes on themes; 

our minds registering unfamiliar images;

we see new expanding patterns and resonances unending.

We approach maybe for the first time–

maybe not the first time–

but we find we are no longer blind

to the Light in our Drunkenness

and unaccustomed we shiver.

Then with new sight We emerge

into the darkness again of what we knew.

We can no longer walk as we did — we are different

– no –

we have been awakened in our drunkenness.

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Diane Stavrum 2008 c

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