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Autumn 2005, vol 3 no 3


Clyde Glandon


a muskie
glimpsed through scarred water
forty years deep
absorbed again
by a sharper moon
poison drains into
the singing bowl
smudging the wound
with the smoke
of one match
huge pelicans
fly slowly away to nest
in our chests

Clyde Glandon is a native Kansan; his wife, Shan, and he are parents to one son, Andrew. He is an Episcopal clergyman, a graduate of the Pecos Benedictine School of Spiritual Directors, and is the executive director of The Center for Counseling and Education in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Clyde has led men’s groups since 1988 (yes, they still drum), leads
clergy and therapists self-care groups, and teaches the Psychotherapy and Spirituality series at the Center. He teaches Ignatian and contemplative meditation.

He has recently rejoined the Haiku Society of America, having originally joined in 1979. His color landscape photography has appeared annually
in the Tulsa International Mayfest Invitational Gallery since 2000.

“For me, the activities of psychotherapy, supervision, mentoring, poetry, and photography, all have their dynamic source in spiritual practice. Ancient and contemporary practitioners of particular spiritualities—Columcille, the author of The Cloud of Unknowing, Basho, Francis, Martin Buber, Mother Theresa, Thich NhatHanh— are spiritual realists who invite us to reality through many paths. If spirit can benevolently deconstruct sacred religious doctrine, it certainly can loosen and change our grip on haiku-dharma.”

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