in writing from the publisher.

Published by

patentAlchemy Press,

Aptos, Ca

Editor: Joan Rose Staffen

Cover Illustrations: Joan Rose Staffen


I wish to dedicate this book to Joan. Had she not come forward, enthusiastically encouraged me, volunteered to edit and direct me on this project this book would not have happened. The art illustration is her creation, spawned by feelings. Simply put, without Joan this book would not be.

Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,
Still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out

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