the joy of new strings

The joy of new strings

I offer the sound of new strings
Put them on last night
and they are wonderful

Jin then began to play
his beautiful twelve-string guitar
and fill the room with music

♫ ♫ ♫

Inspired by Jin’s song,
others began
to sing and dance
or to play along with him

♫ ♫ ♫

an invitation

An invitation

A gentle wind flowed
over a small stone bridge
that led to the other side
while musical notes danced
in the late afternoon
among those who had gathered to listen

♫ ♫ ♫

Your music is beautiful
I don’t have any money on me
and I left my seed pouch at home,
but I can offer a home-cooked meal,
said a radiant woman in an olive green dress
when the song had come to an end

She then dropped her phone number
into the busker’s case,
and slowly walked away

♫ ♫ ♫

shared silence

Shared silence

Those who are interested
in sharing 
and enjoying silence with others
while listening to and observing nature
are welcome to turn off
all of their electronic devices
and then come over,
stop thinking
and simply be —
in the stillness 

To find out how to get here,
send a message to:

That’s what was written
on a small sign in a small café
on the edge of town


Some came alone,
others in pairs
now and then
a few came together
to share some silence
in the stillness


Tea sang softly
as it rested in cups
and butterflies danced
while gentle people simply were
in comfortable silence