Less is More

This collection of short poems are aphorisms (short statements of general truths, insights or good advice similar to “sayings” that often use metaphors or creative imagery to illustrate their points).


An ancient summons plunges
the moth into the candle’s flame.

Unlike the moth
my ego fears annihilation

in the flame of vulnerability.

Fierceness of Our Love

Our blessings to others
is not measured by the length
and product of our days

but by the fierceness of our love.

Requited Gifts

Remorse and forgiveness
are requited gifts
teaching the heart

how to breathe.


The opposite of love
is not hate
but indifference–

the progeny of fear.


My soul is like a ravenous lion
stalking for God

in the darkness.

Dry Leaves

Prayers like dry leaves
are swept up

by God breathing inside us.


Each act of compassion
is a sounding of the

After closing his practice of 35 years in 2011 as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and with the publication of his first collection of poems, “A Heart on Fire, Poems from the Flames,” in 2014, David C. Weiss has been devoted to writing poetry and leading workshops for new poets. He is on the faculty of OLLI College at the University of Southern Maine and a visiting instructor of poetry at Sera Jhy Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in South India. David plays the “shakuhachi,” a Japanese end-blown bamboo flute used by monks of the “Fuke” school of Zen Buddhism in the practice of “suizen” (blowing meditation). He earned his Master of Theology and Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology degrees from Boston University. You can follow David on his website.

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