Posted by: lecubiste | July 25, 2021

The Exhilaration of Acceleration

It’s really true, isn’t it?

The rapid increase in velocity is

What gives us a thrill!

Rubbing two sticks together causes fire.

A Corvette, a Lamborghini, a Tesla.

3 Gs in a rocket ship

Pushes us into our seats,

Into space.

Disneyland, roller coasters,

It is the feeling of acceleration

That brings us that pleasure,

The rate of change of speeding up,

The quick change artistry,

The free fall of skydiving,

The Earth’s gravity increasing our fall,

‘Til the parachute opens,

Hits the brakes.

Rapid positive change is a liberating feeling.




Posted by: lecubiste | July 22, 2021

The Problem Is Conspicuous Consumption

Global warming? Melting Glaciers?

Failing coral reeves?

Western fires?  Southern droughts?

African famines? Gulf Coast hurricanes?

Disappearing sea ice? Thawing tundra?

You got a problem with

All these problems?

Look in the mirror.

Conspicuous consumption.

Power, power, power.

Luxury, luxury, luxury.

CEOs with multi-million dollar salaries.

Military budgets in the hundreds of billions.

Use less, drive less,

Be the first one on your block to

Stop destroying the world.




Posted by: lecubiste | July 18, 2021

Dear Cathy

Dear Cathy,

Simplified mind,

Monkeys and horses,

Planet of the Apes,

Around the world,

Broken suitcase,

Rome on trains,

North to Milan,

Zurich, Frankfurt,


Wedding in Mensano,

Art museums in Paris,

Giverny, Provence, Cezanne,

Multiple perspectives.

So smart, 

So gifted,

So talented,

Mongolian Han Chinese,

Genghis Kahn’s great-granddaughter,

Van Gogh and Rembrandt,

Hospital in Beijing,

Flight to Phoenix,

No pain pills,

Hyssop by the bottle,

Kindest, friendliest,

Great painter,

New citizen,

Excellent wife,

Tai Chi on the Great Wall,

High speed goddess,

Buddhist granddaughter,

Temples in Putuo-Shan,

I Ching partner.







Posted by: lecubiste | July 4, 2021

Mining The Unconscious Mind

Where does a vision come from?

There are images buried in the hidden mind,

Art, poetry, and sculpture,

That are hard to find.

Manifestations of inspirations,

The free flowing heart allows us feelings

That seem to tap into the magical signs,

The multi-layered meanings, the cosmic rhythms,

The extraordinary rhymes

Of the unconscious mind.




Posted by: lecubiste | July 3, 2021

Here We Sit In The Future

Here we sit in the future

It’ s two thousand and twenty-one,

So many ways to having fun,

So much power, engines run,

Space travel, ocean mining,

Gene splicing, computers run

Everything, cars and trains,

Ships and planes,

Hydroelectric dams,

Robotic vacuum cleaners,

It seems that it is all done

At the flick of a switch

Or the push of a button.

The planet, 8 billion humans strong,

Sea ice disappearing,

Coal burning and methane leaking

In the arctic tundra,

Melting in the sun.

Climate caught in a positive feedback,

Thermal blanket of CO2,

Still the wars go on,

Afghanistan, Syria, Africa too,

The battle for power and territory,

Just as in the olden days,

Soldiers in the field

By swords run through.

Crime unabated, government corruption,

Rape rampant, pandemic everywhere,

So much technology, and yet

Extinction coming true.

Where is salvation

In this dark future

Of droughts and heat waves,

Of famines and floods,

Of overpopulation,

Of the Crips and the Bloods,

Of gang warfare, cocaine and fentanyl,

Of prisons and poverty,

Of prostitutes and generals?

Indeed salvation, if there is such a thing,

In this chaotic climate,

In this frightening scene,

Wildfires burning in California and Oregon,

In Europe and Siberia.

Who will stop the burning of gasoline?

Who will develop some new criteria

For how the fruits of labor are distributed,

How to share the benefits

Of increased productivity,

From AI and algorithms, from automation,

From extraordinary wealth to economic democracy.

A change needs to come in the ways that matter

In how human beings treat one another.

Out and out competition is killing the planet,

Sisters fighting sisters, brothers fighting brothers.

A new spirit of cooperation is needed,

Kindness and generosity,

Integration among nations and tribes

Is the key.

Our narratives are filled with wars and death,

Of hatred and revenge,

The World needs a new vision of itself,

The old one portends mayhem and destruction

On a planetary scale, no peace can be rendered

When hearts and minds are occupied

With post-war reconstruction.

We are all so similar:

Europeans, Asians,

South Americans and North,

Africans and Australians.

We are all governed by the laws of nature:

Physics and chemistry,

Math and biology,

Societies are expressions of individual

Needs and priorities,

Yet it is time for us to grow up.

Giving in to selfish passions

Has to Stop!


Saturday, July 3, 2021


Posted by: lecubiste | July 2, 2021

Death Is A Tiger

The fire burns

Right up to the point when

The fangs sink into the living flesh,

Jaws clamp down on the throat,

Suffocating the zebra, yin and yang striped,

Of Life.

Death, black and orange striped,

Consumes meat, blood, and bone,

Swallowing, digesting,

Mixing the now deceased

With the eco-biota,

The complex, diverse

Living community.

When the tiger comes,

Look it in the eyes.




Posted by: lecubiste | July 1, 2021

Zen Buddhists Monks Seeking Enlightenment

Zen Buddhists monks,

Seeking enlightenment,

Medieval Christians practicing


Toltec wizards

Eating cactus,

Hindu ascetics maintaining

Their meditation practice,

Egyptian priests

Seeking the sun,

Sufi Imams

In prayer toward the One,

All purifying their minds and hearts,

Trying their kundalinis to start,

To catalyze that pranic flow

Up the spine and there you go.,

Like Mohammed or Jesus,

Lao-Tse or Rumi,

Moses, Gautama,

Joan of Arc, so sue me

If you don’t agree with this interpretation

Of religious science, of this incantation,

Priests, prophets, monks of all stripes and colors

Are all aiming at the same goal, all sisters and brothers.


Posted by: lecubiste | June 27, 2021

What is the Nature of the Character of a Person?

Can we sense a person’s character

In the angular features of cheeks and jaws?

In an off-center posture or an uneven walk?

Can we hear the ring of truth in the tone of a voice,

Or extreme fear in the rise and fall of the pitch of speech.

Can we judge the look on a face, or

A shifty, slanted glance, or

The gaze of a face that looks us in the eyes?

Can we feel the anger, the misplaced prejudice, or

The empty bitterness,

Or can we feel kindness and generosity?

Can we adjudge a person’s honesty and integrity?

Can we see see the uprightness of a stance,

Can we attest to the courage in the hearts of

Those walking into a fire to save lives?

This seems an essential skill.






Posted by: lecubiste | June 17, 2021

Living In the Tao

Constant attention to all around,

Like in Persig’s book on Zen and motorcycles,

Consciousness at the front of the train,

Like Don Juan said, Does this path have a heart?

Like Rumi’s poetry, nonnational and magical,

Like Shakespeare’s plays, incredibly multi-layered,

Like a child’s playground, slides and ladders,

Like a bird flying, gliding through the wind,

Like dancing, feeling the rhythm of the music,

Shiva, Lord of the Dance,

Energy, pouring through your heart,

Never letting go, true love’s promise,

Like a superhero, made of steel,

Rays of light shining forth from your eyes.




Posted by: lecubiste | June 16, 2021

Transcendence is the Key

To go beyond the borders

Of experience,

To leave the body behind,

To enter the world of heaven,

The sky,

Is the goal of Buddhist meditation,

To check the ego at the door.

Religion is not about me,

Politics is not about me,

Even for the President,

Even for the Pope.

The individual is not important

In the grand scheme of things.

To feel that is liberation.



Mountain Lake House

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