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W.S. Merwin – Rain Light

Lifelong environmentalist W.S. Merwin said about his poem, Rain Light, ‘this is not a rational poem at all.’

A Year in a Dewdrop

Our Most-Read, Most-Loved Articles from 2021

INTERVIEWS

The Loss

BY EDWARD M COHEN
I only write this down because it causes so much pain. It involves so much loss that in the moment, when I awake with no desire to rush for a pen, it’s hard to see the value in what is happening.

Gully and Bayou

BY NEIL ELLIS ORTS
This farm boy wandered the acres of woods and explored the gully. I sat under the cedar that grew on a high bank, roots exposed, waiting for the right number of rains to let go.

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MICRO GALLERY

Tamerlie Philippe – Fading Memories

Inspired by memories from her country of origin, Haiti, Tamerlie Philippe’s faceless paintings are an ambivalent, diminishing recollection of home.

The Curse

BY CHRIS JANSEN –
The default state of all intelligent human beings is confusion. And what if ‘living your truth’ is just flinging yourself into another delusion?

Between Writers

BY OCTAVIA ROSKO –
Modern romance isn’t Shakespearean declarations of unrequited love, it’s mostly people who just don’t text back.

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FROM THE ZEN GARDEN

The Great, Generous Laugh

Susan Murphy’s book, The Red Thread, addresses the guts and gore of the flesh-and-blood humans who sustain spiritual practice in the midst of desire, mortality and heartbreak.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Guo Gu’s Guide to Silent Illumination

The core of Chan meditation is the concrete experience of being in the present moment, not holding on to any mental concept or idea about oneself or one’s activity

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Welcome to The Dewdrop! This little journal is a digest of reflective and powerful writing focused on reading, writing and being. Scroll on for poetry, essays, book excerpts and classic texts.

Way-Seeking Mind

The Loss

BY EDWARD M COHEN
I only write this down because it causes so much pain. It involves so much loss that in the moment, when I awake with no desire to rush for a pen, it’s hard to see the value in what is happening.

Read More »
Bayou
Way-Seeking Mind

Gully and Bayou

BY NEIL ELLIS ORTS
This farm boy wandered the acres of woods and explored the gully. I sat under the cedar that grew on a high bank, roots exposed, waiting for the right number of rains to let go.

Read More »
Featured Poetry

Spence Pfleiderer – A Simple Morning Prayer

The aptly-named A Simple Morning Prayer pleads for understanding and love, for connection and illumination in a handful of terse lines. This piece is evidence that a poem need not be complex or long-winded to be a thing of authentic beauty and power.

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Autumn Leaves
Way-Seeking Mind

Remember the Bear

BY JENNIFER CHRISTGAU AQUINO
When the fall the sky turned orange from fire, and a pandemic roared, and the children lay in bed all day, and cancer took residence in your armpits, you found a bear in your basement.

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Featured Poetry

Antoinette Kennedy – Soul in the Sky

Antoinette Kennedy has blessed readers with a poetic juxtaposition of Paradise–one of golden civilized grandeur with nothing natural, and one hoped for by the narrator, consisting of earthy goodness and authenticity.

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Salamander
Way-Seeking Mind

Salamander

BY ELANA MARGOT SANTANA
Yesterday I found a salamander resting or dying in my garden. Translucent blood red skin with yellow speckles, big black bulging eyes…

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Featured Poetry

Samantha Wright – And Again

Samantha Wright’s And Again is a fluid study of nature’s blessings and miracles, and humanity’s struggle to comprehend those humble quiet blessings.

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Vanessa Able
Featured Poetry

Vanessa Able – Bhakti

In her beautiful poem Bhakti, Vanessa Able gives life and imagery to action–specifically the action of the devotional philosophy of Bhakti yoga, which is focused on the love for a personal deity.

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