“Between the Hours” Now Available for Purchase

Although I’ve recently begun to post again on Flowerwatch, I had stopped regularly putting up new content some time ago as I was preparing everything for publication in book form — I happen to be one who prefers to hold in his hands the tangible and tactile article! That volume is now available. It’s called “Between the Hours.” I’m so happy to have it completed and available for purchase. I’m confident that readers of my book will have an experience similar to mine and that of some friends and family members who have now been living with it for the past year or two. Their experience has been that it is pleasant to open it up at random, or to read page by page nightly. I’ve heard that it’s relaxing or inspiring. I’ve been very happy with these comments because I see no reason to publish works that don’t provide a real reward to readers, something that uplifts, soothes, relaxes, inspires, or brings other forms of pleasure that last longer than the time it takes to read a few words printed on a page.

Between the Hours is the fruit of my heart’s labors in this garden of earthly life. These poems arise from my interactions with the forces behind the visible while I’m out in the woods, the fields, the lawn or garden, or during the night in the company of stars and crickets. I hope that these treasures that were given me while engaged in such excursions might in turn purchase for the reader something of the peace and pleasure that they have for me in the silent moments of their creation.

Between the hours is a collection of two decades worth of the author’s poetry, writings, and art. The works have been integrated into a natural progression of time through the 24 hour cycle of the day, each period representing characteristic qualities of natural principle. In the early morning hours we find ourselves waking to a new day, new inspiration, new insights, new energy. In the late hours of the night, one finds the vastness of time and the cosmos overwhelming the senses and calling for a deeper, inward reach towards greater insight and a more whole perspective on one’s life. Between the Hours can be a night-stand book that will provide soothing relaxation, deep reflection, pleasant diversion, and new perspectives to fuel dreams and inspire action.”

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Flowing Down the River

When Princess Di was taken out of the world at a young age back in 1997, and around that same time Mother Teresa also, somehow it really hit me that the world was moving into a new era that would demand much more of each individual. It seems there is currently unfolding another such period of time, taking things up a whole step in significance and requiring a new degree of spiritual fortitude.

Of course, where much is demanded, much is also given. These dichotomies of destruction and renewal are like birth pains, it seems to me. While difficult, in order to bring about a new life they also seem to compel the soul perspective so that the mind may be relieved of the troubles of its unavoidably limited scope. If the spirit can be allowed to enter into the picture, then maybe the dust of the whirlwind will be transmuted into the descending gold of renewal. An age of greater balance could be the child that’s given.

In 1997, while I was musing over the significance of the passing of those two women, the following song, which I call “Flowing Down the River,” poured out through my fingers and streamed across the piano keys. The song, for me, was a kind of refuge and a reminder, a restorer and a comforter, through which I found myself deepening into the inner strength that is as great as one’s love. Having forgotten the song awhile back, it returned again recently. I spent some time last spring refining it a little, and then I made the following recording.

While I’ve written music ever since high school in the 80s, my life has placed other demands upon my physical resources and so I will ask for your forbearance: I’ve not been able to spend the time required to refine my performance skills! But, I wanted to share it now. I hope you enjoy it!

More of my music is here, if you’d like to explore further.

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Limestone Sleeps, A Poem from My Book, “Between the Hours”

This poem is from the section “Dusk,” in my book “Between the Hours.” See here for further information on it, and look at this article for an explanation why I’m putting up a series of poems from my book. Thank you for reading this! Please share with me how you experience this and other poems here.

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Gathering Cloud, A poem from My Book, “Between the Hours”

This poem is from the section “Evening,” in my book “Between the Hours.” See here for further information on it, and look at this article for an explanation why I’m putting up a series of poems from my book. Thank you for reading this! Please share with me how you experience this and other poems here.

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Reflection, A Poem from My Book “Between the Hours”

This poem is from the section “Afternoon,” in my book “Between the Hours.” See here for further information on it, and look at this article for an explanation why I’m putting up a series of poems from my book. Thank you for reading this! Please share with me how you experience this and other poems here.

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Lonely, A Poem from My Book, “Between the Hours”

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This poem is from the section “Midday,” in my book “Between the Hours.” See here for further information on it, and look at this article for an explanation why I’m putting up a series of poems from my book. Thank you for reading this! Please share with me how you experience this and other poems here.

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Ch’atlich, from My Book “Between the Hours”

This poem is from the section “Morning,” in my book “Between the Hours.” See here for further information on it, and look at this article for an explanation why I’m putting up a series of poems from my book. Thank you for reading this! Please share with me how you experience this and other poems here.

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Dawn, A Poem from My book “Between the Hours”

For the next little while, I intend to showcase here a poem-a-day from my recent book, “Between the Hours” (Please click here for more information). Below is the first in this series. Please enjoy these!

The book is divided into eight 3-hour portions of the day, from Dawn to Dusk, to Midnight, to the “Nectar Hours” before dawn. The poem below is from the section of the book called “Dawn.”

Sample Poem From Gathered Rain

Tomorrow’s poem will be from the section entitled “Morning.”

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The Eagle’s View of the Bustling Train

Do you hate the earth so much
that you must run swiftly across it
your feet untouching while you
tear the belly of the still air
and rip the breast of mountain and prairie,
indifferent what passes behind you
but for your haste?

You hate the distance between.
You are the distance between.
Otherwise, there would be none —
and no hatred.

-Kevin Trammel (1/12/2022)

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Stretching Out

   How lovely,
Through the torn paper window
   The Milky Way.

-Issa (Blyth)

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Brother Bat

   The bat
Lives hidden
   Under the broken umbrella.

-Buson (Blyth)

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Fellowship of Life

   A drop of rain!
The frog wiped his forehead
   with his wrist.

-Issa (Nobuyuki Uyasa)

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Love

A drowsy breeze sighs
and the sky’s dry shell is filled
with the voice of pines

-Onitsura (tr. H. Behn)

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Ineffable Beauty

A hair as white as the snow
That a swan has flown over.

-Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

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Beginnings Abide in Ends

Dusk… Stars
   shining already
between shores of cloud.

-J.R.R. Tolkien, LOTR

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Solomon’s Envy

   In the midst of the plain
Sings the skylark,
   Free of all things.

-Basho (Blyth)

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Knowing

It cannot be attained by mind;
It is not to be sought after through mindlessness.
It cannot be created by speech;
It cannot be penetrated by silence.
The geese do not wish to leave their reflection behind;
The water has no mind to retain their image.

-Znerinkushu (R.H. Blyth)

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Humility

If you wish to know the road up the mountain,
You must ask the man who goes back and forth on it.

-Zenrinkushu (R.H. Blyth)

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Stop and See

If you do not get it from yourself,
where will you go for it?

-Zenrinkushu (tr. R. H. Blyth)

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Consciousness

To have the sun and the moon in one’s sleeve;
To hold the universe in the palm of one’s hand.

-Zenrinkushu (tr. R. H. Blyth)

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.

-William Blake

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Flexibility, Strength

Only seeing the sharpness of the awl;
Not knowing the squareness of the stone-chisel.

-Zenrinkushu (tr. R. H. Blyth)

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Emptying to Fullness

The plum tree, dwindling, contains
   less of the spring;
But the garden is wider, and holds
   more of the moon.

-Zenrinkushu (tr. R. H. Blyth)

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