Let’s put the kettle on first. The kettle is boiling in ‘The Hut Beneath the Pine’, the title of one our Guest Poet’s books, inspired by being in the teahouse of Lan Su Chinese Garden at Portland, Oregon. Following from the last post, Daniel’s work has strengthened my doorway of consciousness and one of his other books, ‘The Tao of Now’ comprises one of the nine ‘daily reads’ which spiral round my morning…. um… coffee meditation.
Daniel was early in ringing the call for reconnecting with wisdom beyond the intellect and said (in 2008)
‘The contemporary urgency for a consciousness and heart revolution is no longer and option if the planet, and humanity as a species, are to survive.’ The publisher continues on the back-cover blurb, ‘His poems are here to help us make that shift. Aimed not at the thinking mind but at that part of our being which already knows the truth of what is here, Daniel Skach-Mills’ poems are more like a remembering than a teaching’.
Although I don’t contemplate setting foot in a plane anytime in the future, there’s a deep desire to meet Daniel and drink tea in the tea house of Lan Su one day. Meantime, consider holding some of Daniel’s words in your hands. Link here.
Our Guest Musician will make more than one appearance. Robin Leonard Jones, former beloved husband and soul mate still lives in my heart, long after our marriage dissolved and he went to ‘play to the angels’. Robin, pictured here, breathed music. The piece you hear below and as the intro and outro to the audios is called ‘The Longing’. It was the first piece he ever played to me on his dear cream-coloured piano, as he plucked my heartstrings…
His resting place is The Stable - where he appears as ‘Captain Christmas’. He was also ‘Captain Cake’ raised on sugar. Robin, too, was a poet, fiendish editor who raised my bar constantly and had a heart as big as it was fragile. Consider this the briefest of introductions, you will come across him again and again, especially come his favourite season, when carols are sung.
The full version of ‘The Longing’ is here.
And from music which ‘Sounds True’ we turn to another ‘absent friend’, an ‘Absent Lodger’ whose words ‘Sound True’…