Blooming in beauty

Beauty when faded and dry

Life and death are good

-Peter Galen Massey

a yellow leaf

touching the green ones

on its way down


Nothing ever ends

Life transforms as


Memory endures


Having been summoned,
I say farewell
to my house beneath the moon.

—Takuchi (1767-1846), loose translation/interpretation by Michael R. Burch

“It is in your power to withdraw yourself whenever you desire. Perfect tranquility within consists in the good ordering of the mind, the realm of your own.”

― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations