Posted by: lecubiste | October 11, 2021

I was in Cairo once

Invited to a wedding at the Nile Hilton,

A famous newscaster came up to me at the reception and shook my hand.

I had learned not to project my personality at people. I breathed.

‘You don’t seem to understand. I am a famous Egyptian newscaster.’

I breathed.

Achmed, the pyramid climber, invited me to climb the Great Pyramid of Giza the next morning at 5:30. I passed. Finally I went on the tour.  I lay in the stone sarcophagus in the king’s chamber.  Afterwards, all the skin on my hands dried up and fell off.

The war in Kuwait soon started. Egypt spent all its solar money on tanks. Ra, the sun god, breathed.



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Posted by: lecubiste | October 4, 2021

The Closing Circle of Human Responsibility

As we examine the causes of pollution,

The steel mills, the oil wells, the land fills,

Whenever we use something,

When we mine or log or plow,

Everything goes somewhere.

Nothing just goes away.

Fly ash from coal mines,

Plastic waste goes to oceans,

Smog from tailpipes,

It all accumulates on the earth,

In the air, in the water.

How can we be so thoughtless and inconsiderate?

So irresponsible!

History has shown that

The circle will close,

The cycle will be visited upon

The next generation in the form of

Pollution, waste, ecological disruption,

Economic disaster, even the rising of oceans,

Floods, drought.

Responsible analysis must become part of

Human conduct at all levels.



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Posted by: lecubiste | September 27, 2021

Spirit is the Stuff of the Universe

Dark energy, dark matter, the Great Spirit,

The medium of the Universe,

God’s palette,

Breathed into being,

Chi, prana, spirit coursing through the body,

Coursing through the environment as feng shui,

Dorothy Parker said ‘The secret to a long life is to keep breathing.”

Adnan Sarhan said, ‘As long as we keep breathing, we cannot have an evil thought.’




Posted by: lecubiste | September 26, 2021


Meditation is ultimately the contemplation of nothing,

Or at least the crushed and atomized energy of the spirit that resembles nothing,

Like the Tao, no feeling,

Or perhaps the feeling of nothingness.

Deserving of no name, no image, no scent or taste, 

We rise to the surface of our being and there

Feel the egoless, identityless being,

Just ourselves and the whole Universe.



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Posted by: lecubiste | September 21, 2021


Between mountain ridges lies a valley.

A river wanders through it,

Farmland on both sides.

Who will control this fertile landscape?

A rich, abundant soil,

Capable of growing fruits and vegetables,

Grains – wheat, corn, and rice; beef, pork, and lamb.

A civilization can sprout between those mountains,

Families, homes, gardens, factories, and schools,

The water flowing through it, its source of wealth,

Churches, markets, roads and more.

This valley is but one of many.

Empires are supported within its means.

Taxes, soldiers, scientists, and scholars,

Create advanced civilizations, and

Vie in competition with each other.

Great cities where there is adequate water,

Rivers and lakes, oceans providing fish,

Each region benefitting from its resources,

Societies become stratified,

The wealthy ruling ruling from the top.

These economic centers begin to trade,

Each selling its surplus to somewhere else,

But none can deny that human evolution

Has created diversity across the planet.

So there are six continents and three oceans,

Excluding the poles which are uninhabitable

For any but the hardiest breed.

Each continent developed its own humanity,

Varying in color, shape, and size.

From villages to cities, to nations and empires,

Each region developing its own culture,

Language, art, science, and religion,

But then, having conquered the earth’s nature,

Wild predators falling under domestication,

Agriculture around the world,

The cradles of civilization-

From Mesoamerica and Peru to Europe and Mesopotamia,

To Nigeria, India, and China,

Having been unified through war and peace,

Through rivalry in strength and intelligence,

Femininity and fecundity,

The planet is finally getting full.

Each civilization standing up for itself,

While globalization interconnects,

The United Nations and the World Bank,

Religions taking root across the world,

Separating and uniting in equal parts.

Meanwhile the human race pushes out Nature,

While simultaneously altering the climate.

The global ecosphere reels in shock,

Reeves bleached and Arctic tundra melting,

Releasing methane and making matters worse.

Thus the competition for resources goes on,

Waters flowing from glaciers that are melting,

Rivers running dry from super droughts.

How will the various nations divide the rainfall, and

the snow that falls in the mountains and on the plains.

The races of the world mix together,

Whilst nations fight each other over land.

Historical claims of adjacent property,

Hitler’s Lebensraum, Austria and Czechoslovakia,

In Africa borders were shifted by colonialism,

In India the British created Pakistan.

Empires come and empires go,

Borders vanish and then are absorbed

Into the latest expanding empire,

Another great general at its helm,

A Pharaoh, a king, an emperor,

A Caesar, a Charlemagne,

Alexander, Moctezuma, Santa Ana,

Napoleon, Stalin, Genghis Khan,

So many more going back ten thousand years.

The Soviet Union, a huge empire,

Lasted until it collapsed, internal borders disappearing.

The United States, the People’s Republic of China,

The European Union, the OAU,

The major supernations of the world

Cooperate with each other,

Mining the resources of the Earth.

So what happens when those resources

Shrink in size and kind?

When overpopulation burgeons at the seams,

Drives diversity to extinction,

When rivers run dry or course through towns,

Causing unprecedented floods, 

When refugees are driven by war and famine,

By fears of totalitarianism,

To Greece and Turkey, Spain and Italy,

Texas and Arizona, escaping poverty,

From El Salvador and Honduras, escaping crime,

While cattle ranchers burn down the rain forests of Brazil.

What happened to the old world when

Population and technology have driven

The human species to the edge of every ecosystem,

To invade and dominate

Every last refuge of birds and butterflies,

Of wolves and prairie dogs.

When nations and empires

Compete with each other for resources,

Economies fail and war returns.

When religions and ancient values,

Crossborder hatreds and mores conflict,

The questions are to human psychology and sociology.

Then philosophy and religion must do

The job they were invented to perform.

Where are the values of the prophets?

The Ten Commandments and the 8-fold path?

The Holy Trinity and the seven deadly sins?

When greed and lust lead to narco-governments, 

Human trafficking, private armies, and

Ecological destruction, there must be a change.

There’s nothing sustainable about resource depletion,

Mass extinction, pandemics, and superstorms.

The time has come for global cooperation,

Cultural integration and religious tolerance.

Every religion believes it has a monopoly on truth.

None does.  ‘Tis a bitter pill to swallow, pride.

You spend your whole career saying that you have the answer,

The best solution, the absolute truth,

While stuffing your ego with feathers,

Only to find that you are a victim of foolish denial,

Yet that it the secret of greatness, humility.

Only by tossing the ego into the fire

Can one see truth unclouded, unvarnished.

Humility is the only way to save the human race, and

A good portion of life on Earth.

Christianity is not the only way,

Mohammed is not the only prophet,

Jews were not singled out by God,

Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains are not devoid of truth,

Buddhists have no right to burn Muslim villages in Myanmar,

Religion is not the opiate of the masses.

All religions have something to teach.

Hatred is never justified.

Clinging to values that don’t work anymore

Is unreasonable, unwise, and unkind.




Posted by: lecubiste | September 18, 2021

The Ego is the Armor of Pride

The ego is the armor of pride,

The greatest fiction ever told:

That we exist as an exaggerated image for the sole purpose of

Believing that God created us to make itself feel important,

That we are what is important about life,

That our planet, our nation, our family, in fact

That I am somehow, in the grand scheme of the Universe,



As a parent to a child, to that child,

We are indeed super important.

Life’s balance between humility and responsibility necessitates that

The ego is seen in proper perspective.

The ego is best washed away in the next flood.


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Posted by: lecubiste | September 17, 2021

The Abstract Nature of Time

The clock synchronizes all human activity.

Adhere to management’s agenda, schedule of events.

But flowers synchronize to the sun.





Posted by: lecubiste | August 15, 2021


A new dimension,
Sheer sensation,
A frothy elation,
The mind disappearing,
A poem emerges,
Divine attribution,
The cool fascination,
Truth manifesting,
New concepts forming,



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Posted by: lecubiste | July 27, 2021

To Death

“No one gets out of here alive.”

We all must face death,

Not if, but when and how.

We dance our dance,

We live our life,

Shiva smiling,

We fight our battles,

Each one a struggle,

Until finally we face death.

That one we may delay,

But in the end we must lose.

We dance our last dance,

Until our soul slips loose,

Passes through the Van Allen Belt, and

Rejoins the Great Spirit.




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.




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