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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Observing It All



All around
A whirl of activity
Kinetic motivity
Betrays our proclivity
To bely the Simplicity
Within the flurry of complexity
This tempest of perplexity
That overwhelms our equanimity
Stuns our sensibilities
Blinds us to the possibilities
The latent potentiality
The Elemental Amity
Vestigial Divinity
That animates
This life
Our perceived reality
This whirl of activity
Kinetic motivity
Betraying our proclivity
To forget the Simplicity
At the heart of
Veridical humanity

And in a single
Flow-motion moment —
The Poet sits

In silence

Simple-minded

Absorbed in wonder

Observing it all


-- Mac, 2015

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Awakening


O God! 

If I say I love you for fear of hell, 
then does not hell becomes my existence? 
If I say I love you in hope of paradise, 
then am I not blinded 
to the profound wonder and beauty of paradise? 
But if I love you simply for the sake of loving you — 
without concern for any notion of heaven or hell — 
then does not my heart begin to cast off it's hibernal slumber 
and awaken like a flower 
in the light 

of 

your

mysterious 

beauty?

— Mac, 2015

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Divine Reality


In the commensal bond of fraternity
At the communion table of sodality
I see in you
The Divine Reality
That heals us all
Of this venal malady

-- Mac, 2015

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sing


A frore midwinter’s vesper
In that ineffable space between times
That moribund moment
When the day
At the ebb of it’s diurnal course
Passes quietly
Wordlessly
Retreats to it’s hibernaculum
And slips into quiet repose
I sit
Gazing
Into eternity
Pavilioned
Within the refulgent resplendence
The empyreal iridescence
Of a celestial marquee
And I listen
In rapt expectation
Silent contemplation
To the rhythm and thrum
The luminous hum
Of the cosmos
In sympathetic, symphonic vibration
Rapturous anticipation

As you

begin

to

sing.

-- Mac, 2015

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Artless Grace


You’re scarcely three feet tall
A little Jesus
With your umber eyes
And your guileless gaze
Artless grace
Hands like two loops of silk
Upon my face
You peer right through
The tear-stained glass windows
Of time and space
Deep
Into the long forgotten corners
Of my soul
This inky, black-hole
That once shone bright
Like Procyon
In the winter night —
Sky
And I cry
Tears of joy
When rapturous beams of sublime light
Illuminate
Captivate
Animate
The gloaming shadows
The withering blight
The doleful, dismal plight
Of my torpid, tremulous heart
And in the sanctity of this
Sacred flow-motion embrace
As you peer right through
The tear-stained glass windows
Of time and space
Deep
Into the long forgotten corners
Of my soul
The wisdom of the ages
Reflecting upon the untroubled waters
Of your halcyon face
You rewrite
These melancholy miniseries
In your umber eyes
Your guileless gaze
Your childlike love

Your artless grace

-- Mac, 2014

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Friendship


Your friendship is the florid bloom of hope reborn, the amorous kiss of dawn’s first sanguine light alighting upon the soul, that vanquishes the last vestiges of the shadowy spectre of fear skulking in the dark, dusty, desolate recesses of my timorous heart, with tender ministrations and gentle succour. 

— Mac, 2015

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Two Old Men


"Two old men bicker
Bawling and bellowing like
Bull moose on the rut
Blustering on unaware —

Neither is listening"

-- Mac, 2014

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Black Umbrellas



The heavens weeping
Mourn the passing of summer
Melancholy tears
Anointing black umbrellas
Ah! The autumn rains

-- Mac, 2014

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Serenity


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Ten thousand prayers
Enchantingly suspended
In the twinkling sureality
Of a starry night sky
A sea of golden paper lanterns
Buoyed aloft
In the merging of minds
The harmony of hearts
The synchronicity of spirit
Blissful 
Communion
And there
In the sacred incandescence
Of a single solitary moment
Suffering is transformed
Hope is rekindled
And the golden bloom of

Serenity

Illuminates

Your

Face

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-- Mac, 2014


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gratitude



The workers stooping
Toiling amidst the crops —
Golden fields of grain
Beneath a lazuline sky
And then —

Profound gratitude

-- Mac, 2014

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Diary Of An Arts Farmer (Audiobook Version) Now Available!


The audio version of Diary Of An Arts Farmer — 22 original works of poetry read by Mac — is now available on CD Baby and iTunes for only $9.99, with Amazon, Tradebit and Google Play in the queue!

'Diary Of An Arts Farmer explores the intersection of life, faith, art and community through the sacred poetry of Mac MacKenzie and the stunning photography of Stephanie Loewen. Authentically sensitive and insightful, yet at times scathingly and unabashedly intense, Diary Of An Arts Farmer uses image and word to deftly weave the light with the dark, taking us on a journey through the brutally raw undulations of passionate spiritual climax to the bleak, solitary shadowlands of the dark night of the soul — from the peaks of divine intimacy to the valleys of the shadow of death – a life lived in the balance between the intense joys of communion with God and the stark realities of simply being human.'

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Feasgar an t-Sàmhraidh (Summer Afternoon)



Blàthan bàn-dhearg
Ri mire mu mo chasan
Feasgar an t-sàmhraidh

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Little pink petals
Whirl and gambol at my feet —
Summer afternoon

-- Mac, 2014

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ruiteachd na h-Òg-Mhaidne (The Florid Bloom of Early Morn)



Fèath nan eun
An ruiteachd na h-òg-mhaidne —
Èiridh bàrd às ùr

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Calm as deep rivers
In the florid bloom of morn —
Poet awakens

-- Mac, 2014

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Aum



Fo dhubar gèige
Craobh-siris fo làn bhlàth
Seillean crònan ‘Aum’

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Underneath the shade
Of a cherry tree in bloom
Honeybee chants ‘Aum'

-- Mac, 2014

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