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

David was a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 35 years before the publication of his first collection of poems, “A Heart on Fire, Poems from the Flames.” He continues to write poetry and makes presentations on poetry of Eastern and Western Mystics and leads poetry workshops as a faculty member of OLLI College at the University of Southern Maine. David is a regular contributor to Kind Over Matter. David plays the “Shakuhachi,” a Japanese bamboo flute used in Zen Buddhist meditation and celebration. He combines his flute music with poetry readings. He has taught Tibetan and Western poetry to Buddhists monks at Sera Jhy Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in South India. He earned his Master of Theology and Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology degrees from Boston University. You can contact David via email or follow him on his website.

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