Quartz by Madeline Schreiber

Smell that wet sand, breathe it in
This sand is mostly ground up quartz
Ground for millions upon millions of years

Quartz is the stuff of old time radios
Quartz crystals dangle in sunny windows
Quartz is the support of gold
Gold grows on quartz, covering it like skin                  

There is rose quartz strewn about
Rose quartz known to heal the heart
All ground together in the salty sea

Smell that wet and sacred sand
Noses understand the language of quartz

Cape Breton Island
May 2011 (Cape Breton is where Madeline does her retreats.)

About the Author : Madeline first encountered the Dharma in 1966.  She practiced in the Rinzai tradition of Zen Buddhism for the first ten years, and then moved to Boulder, Colorado to study with Trungpa Rinpoche.  In the late 70s and early 80s Trungpa Rinpoche encouraged many of his students to move to Nova Scotia, Canada, and to make that location the centre of the Shambhala organization.  Madeline accepted that invitation and has been at home in Nova Scotia since 1982.

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