Monday, December 30, 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013


“To have more, you must first be more. To achieve more in your outer world, you must to go work on your inner world.” 

Wolfgang von Goethe

Friday, December 27, 2013


“The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart.” 

Thich Nhat Hanh

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Crumble life: I will fall in love with your pieces poem 20

It was rather
beautiful: the way he
put her insecurities to
The way he dove into
her eyes and starved
all the fears
and tasted all the
dreams she kept
coiled beneath her

Christopher Poindexter

Saturday, December 21, 2013

happy winter solstice

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”

 Albert Camus

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

but love wins in the end

I love everything about you,
you're imperfectly perfect
Everyone's itching for beauty,
but just scratchin' the surface
Lost time is never found, can the
DJ please reverse it
In life we pay for change, let's
make every second worth it
Anything can work if you work it
when people say you don't deserve it
Then don't give in, 'cuz hate may win
some battles, but love wins in the end

All Around the World

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

so glad you are still with us, Horace

My One And Only Love

Happy to report that rumours of Horace Silver's death are
So glad you are still with us, Horace

Monday, December 16, 2013

Tiny eternities and Magnificent stars poem 6

All I want,
All I've ever wanted,
since the bones in me
began to grow,
is to know love,
and for love, too,
to know me.

Christopher Poindexter

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The power of love

"The power of love, as the basis of a State, has never been tried."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Your life has a purpose

"Your life has a purpose as long as you dedicate it to love. It's not what we do but who we are that forms our biggest contribution."

Marianne Williamson

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

RIP Jim Hall

thanks for all the beautiful music

'Beautiful Love'
Jim Hall & Michel Petrucciani
live at the Montreaux Jazz Festival

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Blooming of Madness

And in the end,
we are all just
drunk on the idea
that love,
only love,
can heal
our brokenness

Christopher Poindexter

Thursday, December 5, 2013

bless you, Nelson Mandela

"We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right."

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela has been a presence in my life my whole adult life.  I cut my political chops on the anti-apartheid movement in the 1980's.  I learned about humanity, justice, equality, forgiveness, commitment, the importance of using my voice to create change.  "Free Nelson Mandela" was an anthem of my youth.   

His release from prision in 1990 was a connecting point in a new friendship.  I remember phoning Christy when I heard the news of his release.  We never thought we'd see the day...  A group of us gathered to watch his interview with Barbara Frum on CBC.  Thanks, Barry, for having a television.

And then, I saw him speak.  His first public appearance outside of South Africa after his release.  I left work early, under the guise of a doctor's appointment.  The MontrĂ©al Jubilation Gospel Choir performed, the crowd gathered, the energy built.  The cheering & out pouring of love & respect settled, and a hush fell over the crowd.  I had lost my friend in the crowd and, I looked around at the people I was sharing this experience with.  A suit wearing, middle aged, seemingly conservative businessman stood beside me.  Tears streaming down his face.  23 years later, and I remember it in my heart as if it were yesterday.  

The event came to an end and people started to disperse, I had a floaty, other worldly feeling.  Kind of the post-meditation light & bright feeling.  I started making my way home, seeing MontrĂ©al & the people around me in a whole new way.  

Mandela had a second speaking engagement that day, at a church close to my home in St. Henri.  I passed by, in my floaty state of being.  The church was full to overflowing.  Hundreds of people surrounded the church, listening to him through the speakers mounted outside.  The hope that filled the streets was palpable.  

I think that it is that HOPE that has spoken to so many people over the years.  To be hopeful in times of hardship, to be forgiving in times of injustice, to be loving in the midst of anger, to be inspiring in times of hopelessness, to find a voice when being silenced.  This is the legacy Nelson Mandela leaves in my heart.  

Bless you, Nelson Mandela.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Tiny Eternities and Magnificent stars poem 9

She buried
       her ears
   into the calm
        of his heartbeat,
    and in a matter of seconds:
  fell terribly in love
        with the way
     her loneliness fell
 softly and suddenly,
      in his chest.

         -Christopher Poindexter