Month: November 2017

November 10, 2017 Kirk

There was something there

and away it went

slippery as a President.


I thought I had it

snared it good

but it really knows this neighborhood.


Away it ran

Away it flew

Poof it went and then I knew.


Would that I

must start again

and thus produce this gem.


Kirk Merlin


November 6, 2017 Kirk

Chef Shiva’s Recipe for Life

   serves all


1 mind
1 heart
1 body
2 tablespoons unsalted humor


  1. Remove mind from cultural packaging and place on empty cookie sheet. Let sit until quiet. You will know it is ready when no more judgment of self or others.
  2. Fill a bowl with warm gratitude and soak heart until it’s protective leaves soften. Then, carefully remove the leaves one at a time, being sure not to dig into the tender flesh of the heart. The gentle, warm flesh is all that should remain. You may want to set the leaves aside for later to grill over a ceremonial fire with some olive oil.
  3. Fold quiet mind and open heart back into body. Sprinkle with humor and serve.

Kirk Merlin

November 1, 2017 Kirk

The dragonfly’s shadow rests on a rock

in the creek

twitching beneath the breeze

as if the two were somehow connected.


Through its translucent wings

I look back in time

and see eons of granite

placed lovingly in this spot

by winds

by waters

by gods.


Its still there as I painstakingly


and rewrite

this ode

my only worry

on such a glorious desert day.


And now


from zero to sixty in no seconds

it zips into the water

and swims upstream.


Kirk Merlin