M. C. S.'s Blog

Poetry: the best words in the best order.

M. C. S.

M. C. S.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
December 19
For me writing is the best way to talk without ever being interrupted.................................. ©2014 M.C.S. - all rights reserved


JUNE 3, 2013 8:50PM

Early Morning



A raven caws

breaking the silence

of the woods


Slow moving creek

small shimmering white rapids

water flows


Moss covered rocks

soft earthy scent

silence returns




 ~ acrylic on canvas

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JUNE 2, 2013 8:09AM


Temple bells in dawn’s stillness

fragrant incense wisps of smoke

silent moving feet, ancient chants 


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JUNE 1, 2013 1:36PM


Iridescent green dragonfly

humming sound, quick movement

nature’s song and dance


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MAY 30, 2013 6:53PM


Dewdrops at dawn

refresh spring’s bounty

Mother Nature’s baptism


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MAY 29, 2013 11:18AM


Blue heron stands

silently on elegant legs

bows,  spears, rises

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MAY 26, 2013 11:59AM

Current Company

one 2


Is my beliefs what makes me

what I am

I wonder maybe I should

know the answer

and then there’s the saying

seeing is believing

during these times

I feel I’m lost

and traveling

out ofRead full post »

MAY 19, 2013 12:46PM



Quietly draped in muted tones

greys, blacks, multiple shades for brown

the cold slowly creeps inward

I was expecting this to occur

for the absence of you

has left me

wide open

to chill


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MAY 18, 2013 9:58PM





 Joys of spring

 deep greens, unfolding colour  

 gentle rain, followed warm sunlight



  ~ watercolour on rag paper MCS


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MAY 13, 2013 9:19AM

Spring (xi)

Seeing death as the end of life

 is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean.

~ David Searls

photo 1a


At low tide

my father would

take me to a place

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MAY 11, 2013 11:31AM

Mother’s Day ‘13

There are questions

I should have asked


There are places in my memory

that I wished to explore with you


There are so many things

we left unsaid


The void you left

is sharp like brokenRead full post »

MAY 10, 2013 7:39PM

Spring (x)

Do not count the days; make the days count.

~ Muhammad Ali

photo 1a 







Byron is discharged

from the hospital

he says he’s

living with cancer

he’s busy

wheeling and dealing

purchasing a newRead full post »

MAY 8, 2013 7:07PM

Spring (ix)

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom

~ Greek proverb

photo 1a 

From the sand dunes

I watch the graceful

glide of a red-tailed hawk

pure movement

strong and free

over the gentle

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MAY 7, 2013 7:18PM

Spring (viii)

First cherry blossoms

a cuckoo, the moon and snow

another year closes


~ Sugiyama Sanpû (1647~1732)

photo 1a

Washing my hands

with cold water from a batter

green garden hose

separating my fingers

to make sureRead full post »

MAY 3, 2013 9:57PM

Spring (vii)

The garden

Promise of the infinite virtue of nature

Close at hand

~ Haiku (short Japanese poem)


The heart of spring

is an abyss

shimmering with rebirth


Exuding the sweetness

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MAY 2, 2013 10:53AM

Spring (vi)

Wisdom is not meditation on death

but on life.




First Robin I’ve seen

picking over the garden

dark earth and leftovers

of the long winter

rain slowly falls

what promise

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MAY 1, 2013 6:34PM

Winter (v)


Joy is everything; one must know

how to extract it.

~ Confucius  



The night sky

a velvet bowl

of stars


I believe

we are born



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APRIL 30, 2013 5:52PM

Winter (iv)


Remaining angry is like grasping a burning

coal to throw it at somebody, you are the one

who is burned.

~ The Buddha




Between the tide and wind

the stillness before

a storm


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APRIL 29, 2013 6:50PM

Winter (iii)

He who is Master of himself is greater

than he who is Master of the world.

~ The Buddha


Icy rain pellets my face

washing away a lifetime

tears and sorrow


The deep moaning winter windRead full post »

APRIL 28, 2013 8:49PM

Winter (ii)


Each moment eclipses the moment before

whatever happens, this is the present

make your house here

~ Zen Meditation


In the park

children are catching

snowflakes on their tongues


Their noses are pink

cheeks rosy, eyes glossyRead full post »

APRIL 27, 2013 11:46AM

Winter (i)

You cannot stop the birds of sadness

from flying over your head

but you can stop them from

nesting in your hair

~ Chinese proverb


After the first cold snap

a tiny ChickadeeRead full post »

APRIL 26, 2013 9:00PM

This Moment


The past is done and gone

things to be just out of reach

now is what counts

simple words and pleasures

as daffodils fade

and apple blossoms bloom

APRIL 26, 2013 5:37AM



The moon endures

heart of a composed soul

haze breaks into light


  ~ image by ROBO


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APRIL 24, 2013 12:40PM







 A weathered spirit

 bitter chilly wind of memory

 piercing the heart like a blade




 ~ acrylic on canvas MCS

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APRIL 23, 2013 6:00PM


What I most want is to spring out of this personality, then to sit apart from that leaping.

I’ve lived too long where I can be reached.

~ Rumi, “Unseen Rain”

This was my home

in another life

I feel the rising

ofRead full post »

APRIL 22, 2013 7:01PM




 Stopped to view

 a flowing cluster of yellow

 from within rock crevasses



  ~ watercolour on rag paper  MCS

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