The Poets' Tree: A Celebration of Poetry

Poetry thrives; is alive and living. Join us in a celebration of poems by a variety poets in various cultures and times.

The Poets' Tree: Quotations on Happiness

This page for The Poets' Tree includes quotations on happiness by Martha Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Henry van Dyke, Elton Trueblood, A.A. Willitts, Charles Spurgeon, Victor Robinsoll, Edgar Cayce, Norman Vincent Peale, Ruth Stafford Peale, Bertrand Russell, and Marcus Aurelius.

'The Poets' Tree' List of Poets / Poems

The Poets' Tree list of poets and their poems that celebrate the spirit of poetry.

Excerpt from Ecclesiastes or ‘The Preacher’

Ecclesiastes 3:1-9 tells the truth on the seasons of life.

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi expresses his love of humanity and his humility in this poem.

Max Erhmann: Desiderata

Max Erhmann's words of wisdom by which to live are expressed in this poem.

Proverbios y Cantares "XXIX"

Antonio Machado's proverb number 29 tells of the road of life that can be lived but once. You can look back upon this road but cannot return to travel it again.

Novalis

This poem by Novalis, German poet and writer, also reflects his philosophies on life.

Hermann Hesse: Sometimes

Hermann Hesse, author of Siddhartha, reflects on possible past lives in this poem translated by poet Robert Bly.

Kahlil Gibran: Excerpt from 'The Prophet'

Kahlil Gibran, poet, philosopher, and artist, was born in Lebanon and became an American citizen.

Gaelic Blessing

This gaelic poem is a blessing in itself.

Anonymous: I have lived and I have loved

This classical poem speaks of the ups and downs of life.

Full Consciousness

This poems speaks of enlightenment and a sense of totality.

Mahmud Darwish: Eleven Stars over the Last Moments of Andalusia

Mahmud Darwish writes of the lost days when Andalusia was at the height of its glory.

'The Poets' Tree' Poem Titles

Titles of poems on the Poets' Tree Web site.

Eagle Chief

Eagle Chief (Letakots-Lesa) contemplates the dual nature of our existence.

Luther Standing Bear

Luther Standing Bear speaks of the nature of the Native American and his spirit.

Native American Commandments

These Native American commandments speak the simple truth of life.

An Ojibway Prayer

The beauty and wisdom of the Ojibway can be experienced in this poem, this prayer by George Walters of the White Earth Chippewa.

'The Poets' Tree' Links and Contacts

This page includes the Poet's Tree list of contact and links to other Web sites you might enjoy.

Richard E. Lee Remembered

This memorial celebrates the life of the professor, poet, and friend Richard E. Lee who was born on March 10, 1922 and died on December 14, 2001.

Who was Richard E. Lee?

This memorial was created at this Web site in honor of Richard E. Lee, my former poetry teacher at CSULB and friend who helped me with my poems and influenced my life in many positive ways.

Sketches from the Life of Richard E. Lee

Richard Lee was a man of many talents who pursued the ultimate ideals in life: that of self-discovery and of bringing about self-awareness in others. His vocation was that of a professor, but in his personal life his occupation was that of a student.

Richard E. Lee Correspondence

Richard E. Lee's letters and E-mail messages were filled with honesty and reflected his interests and mood of the time.

Poems by Richard E. Lee

Richard E. Lee's style of poetry changed throughout his career, and these samples of his writing reflect the evolution of his style.

Richard E. Lee Photos and Artwork

Richard E. Lee was an artist and photographer, and also a musician who created his own style of music with his group Ceremonial Sounds.

Richard E. Lee Remembered: Links to Sites

Links to sites can be found on this page.

A Tribute to Richard E. Lee by Friends and Loved Ones

The contents of this page have been contributed by friends and loved ones.

RELEE Remembered: Poem by Kyle Anne Bates

This poem by Kyle Anne Bates is a fond remembrance of her late poetry professor Richard E. Lee.

RELEE Remembered: Poem by Jeptha Evans

This poem was written by Jeptha Evans, a friend and former colleague of Richard Lee at CSULB.

RELEE Remembered: Poem by Savya

This poem was contributed in 2003 by Richard's wife Savya.

RELEE Remembered: Poem by Joanna Warwick

This poem inspired by a dream was written by Joanna Warwick in 2002.

RELEE Remembered: Poem by Daralee

This poem about a dream I had was originally written in 1980 then revised in 1982.

RELEE Remembered: The moon, a poem by Daralee

This poem is based on a dream I had in 1997, and an illustration I made of that dream.

RELEE Remembered: Thoughts and Dreams in 2004 by Daralee

These are some thoughts and dreams about Richard that I had in 2004.

EMail by RELEE: A Touching Experience

Richard tells of his touching experience with the dedication to him of an edition of Pearl magazine.

A Tribute to Richard E. Lee: A Poet, Artist, and Friend

Richard Lee was a poet, artist, and educator, a man of many diverse talents. Read his poetry and see his illustrations to experience his wit, wisdom and ironies on life.

Richard Lee: Rock Garden

Richard Lee's poem, 'Rock Garden,' is meditative in its content and form.

Richard Lee: Made in Taiwan

Richard Lee's poem, 'Made in Taiwan,' tells of the natural beauty, art, and artifice of his dandelion puff paper weight.

Richard Lee: Shaman Song

Richard Lee's poem, 'Shaman Song,' tells of the connection he feels with members of the animal kingdom, and of his spiritual journey.

Richard Lee: A day of faces to be

Richard Lee’s poem, ‘A day of faces to be,’ tells of the poet's acceptance of the events and people for the newborn day.

Richard Lee: the desert i know best

Richard Lee's poem, 'the desert i know best,' describes the desert of his home.

Richard Lee's Gallery

Richard Lee is a poet, artist, and educator, a man of many diverse talents. Read his poetry and see his illustrations to experience his wit, wisdom and ironies on life.

Richard Lee's Gallery: No. 2

Richard Lee is a poet, artist, and educator, a man of many diverse talents. Read his poetry and see his illustrations to experience his wit, wisdom and ironies on life.

Richard Lee's Gallery: No. 3

Richard Lee is a poet, artist, and educator, a man of many diverse talents. Read his poetry and see his illustrations to experience his wit, wisdom and ironies on life.

Richard E. Lee Remembered

This memorial celebrates the life of the professor, poet, and friend Richard E. Lee who was born on March 10, 1922 and died on December 14, 2001.

The Poets' Tree: A Celebration of Poetry

Poetry thrives; is alive and living. Join us in a celebration of poems by a variety poets in various cultures and times.

'The Poets' Tree' Thanks and Recognition

This page includes comments from -- and about -- the Poet's Tree.

Yuki Neko's Zen Garden: With Poems by Ryokan

Yuki Neko welcomes you to the Zen garden, featuring poems by Japanese monk poet Ryokan.

Yuki Neko's Zen Garden: 1st Poem by Ryokan

This tanka poem celebrates the joy of silence in meditation.

Yuki Neko's Zen Garden: 2nd Poem by Ryokan

This tanka poem speaks about subjugating one's ego and emptying one's mind in the practice of Zen.

Yuki Neko's Zen Garden: 3rd Poem by Ryokan

The poet looks back on a period of his life on Mount Kugami, then moves on to present times.

Yuki Neko's Zen Garden: 4th Poem by Ryokan

This crytic poem discusses the impermanence in life and a hypothetical situation.

Yuki Neko's Zen Garden: 5th Poem by Ryokan

In this poem the poet speaks to a bird, feeling akin with it for the transitory existence we all lead.

Yuki Neko's Zen Garden: 6th Poem by Ryokan

In this poem the poet contemplates the reality of dreams and the surreal qualities of reality.

Yuki Neko's Zen Garden: 7th Poem by Ryokan

This poem speaks of the journey we all make in life till we return home.

A Chinese Proverb: If there is light in the soul

This proverb embraces the condition of the world and lends advice on how to achieve a more perfect society.

Minamoto no Toshiyori

This tanka poem speaks about the moon, the clouds, and life.

Miyamoto Musashi

The greatest swordsman of Japan, Miyamoto Musashi, was also a poet, artist, and Buddhist philosopher.

Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching "XI"

This poem by Lao Tzu, founder of Taoism, tells of the usefulness in emptiness or nothingness.

Chien-chih Seng-ts'an: Verses on the Faith Mind

Two verses by Chien-chih Seng-ts'an, Third Zen Patriarch, from Verses on the Faith Mind

Words from the Sanskrit: Today well lived

Words of wisdom from the Sanskrit

Excerpt from The Dhammapada

A section from 'The Dhammapada', translated from the Pali

Narihira

A Haiku by Japanese poet Narihira

Rabindranath Tagore

Tagore's poem speaks of hope.

Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast

Elizabeth Bishop has created a masterpiece sestina in her poem 'A Miracle for Breakfast.'

Robinson Jeffers: Rock and Hawk

Robinson Jeffers, who built a home out of rock in Big Sur, frequently wrote about the hawk in his poems.

Charles Simic: Stone

Charles Simic, born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, was raised in America. He has won numerous awards for his poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize.

Denise Levertov: Come into Animal Presence

Denise Levertov, who was born and raised in England, arrived in America as an adult. Here she became associated with the Black Mountain group of poets, and during the 1960s was known for her works which spoke out against the Vietnam War and supported the Feminist movement.

Rabbi Harold S. Kushner: A Prayer for the World

Rabbi Harold S. Kushner wrote this poem expressly for the publication 'Parade,' distributed weekly throughout the USA.

Unknown Poet: The brook would lose its song

Words by an unknown poet.

Photo of RELEE from 12 Poets and Their Cars

This picture of Richard E. Lee was taken by David Barker in the faculty parking lot at Cal State Long Beach.

Photo of Ceremonial Sounds at the Marina Pacifica Clubhouse

Savya and Richard Lee prepare for their performance with Ceremonial Sounds on August 25, 1991 at the Marina Pacifica Clubhouse in Long Beach, California.

Photo of Ceremonial Sounds at the Marina Pacifica Clubhouse

On August 25, 1991, Ceremonial Sounds performed at the Marina Pacifica Clubhouse in Long Beach, California.

Photo of Ceremonial Sounds at CSULB's Graduate Studies Center

Richard Lee recites a poem as part of the Ceremonial Sounds performance at CSULB's Graduate Studies Center, on October 17, 1991.

Ceremonial Sounds Flier

I received this Ceremonial Sounds flier from Richard on October 9, 1991.

Photo of RELEE at Joshua Tree

Richard Lee rests during a hike at Joshua Tree on April 3, 1993.

Illustration of a Sunflower

Richard Lee created this watercolor and ink illustration of a sunflower on July 7, 1991.

Richard Lee's Watercolor Yantra on English Paper

Richard Lee created this watercolor Yantra on paper made in England.

Richard Lee's Watercolor and Ink Yantra on Spanish Paper

Richard Lee created this watercolor and ink Yantra illustration on paper made in Spain.

Illustration of Ceremonial Sounds Instruments

Richard Lee created this watercolor and ink rendition of musical instruments and accoutrements used by Ceremonial Sounds.

Cartoon Self-portrait of Richard on the Camino de Santiago

Richard Lee created this delightful cartoon image of himself on the Camino.

Richard Lee's Letter from May 24, 2001

This letter from Richard Lee tells about his misadventures on El Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

Deva Veerendra's Letter from Pune, India

This is the first letter I received from Richard Lee. He wrote this while in India, attending classes by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.

Richard Lee's Letter from November 1, 1982

This letter from Richard Lee was written at his home in Long Beach, California. At this time I was preparing to leave the local newspaper, my first full time job out of college where I was employed for a little more than a year. The stress of that environment and the cutback in my hours led me to search for new employment. Meanwhile, I still worked as a part time sales clerk at The Broadway department store.

Richard Lee's Letter Dated June 10, 1986

This letter from Richard Lee explains that he is no longer wearing orange, as he did when he was a student of Rajneesh.

Richard Lee's Letter Postmarked December 11, 1993

This letter from Richard Lee tells about life on the desert.

Richard Lee's Letter Postmarked February 13, 1995

This letter from Richard Lee tells about his upcoming gallbladder surgery.

Poem by RELEE: The Circumstances of Birds

Richard Lee's poem from the book by the same title is reminiscent of Dylan Thomas's style of writing.

Poem by RELEE: Summerscape

Richard Lee explores patterns of his life through this poem--patterns that recur in later works, taking on new shapes and forms.

Poem by RELEE: Watch

This poem from Richard Lee's 'As If' is a formal poem filled with mood and tension, despite its seemingly gentle exterior and subject matter.

Poem by RELEE: The Beat Poets Come to the Nifty Theater

Richard Lee expresses the feeling of a poet's anxiety before reading his poetry outloud before a live audience.

Poem by RELEE: Self-Interview

Richard Lee gives an interview to himself, asking questions on how his career as a writer began in this autobiographical spoof of a poem.

Poem by RELEE: Richard E. Lee

Richard Lee jokes about his identity in this poem about a mistaken identity.

Poem by RELEE: Expediter

Another humorous autobiographical poem about Richard Lee and his experience as a soldier during WWII.

Poem by RELEE: The GI Bill

In this autobiographical poem, Richard E. Lee jokes about his service in WWII.

Poem by RELEE: Flies

Richard Lee writes his own parable about flies as he reminisces on his youth in Catholic school in this poem.

Poem by RELEE: Paper Poems

The transitory nature of the world is expressed by Richard Lee in this poem about the desert winds of his home.

Poem by RELEE: Tree

Richard Lee's poem 'Tree' takes the still form of a tree, while presenting the black and white reality of an Italian village in Campania shattered by death on November 23, 1980, and the poet's realization of how the branches of a tree similate that of the branches of a family tree.

Poem by RELEE: Should Of

In this poem, poet Richard Lee shares his love of the late silver screen star George Raft (9/27/1895 - 11/24/1980), and with riotous black humor compares details of his obituary alongside funerary ads in the newspaper.

Poem by RELEE: Poem

A walk in the park can be a poem in itself, as Richard Lee proves in this poem.

Poem by RELEE: Who

In 1980, Richard Lee wrote this poem 'Who' in which he explores his own identity, questioning and answering the question he poses to the reader, and to himself. As the poet looks at himself in the mirror, we see him too.

Poem by RELEE: Prelude

Richard Lee's poem 'Prelude' tells of the poet as an older man who now reflects on his life and its meaning--looking back at the boy he was, and the path he should have taken long ago.

Poem by RELEE: In a Dream

Richard Lee tells of a real life experience that might seem to be ordinary, but which also speaks of the illusory nature of dreams and reality.

Poem by RELEE: Cave

Richard Lee's natural style suits this natural topic.

Poem by RELEE: Closed Doors

Richard Lee jokes about his music, age, and the new age in which we live.

Poems by RELEE: Thin Hymns and Fat Haikus

Richard wrote a series of poems he categorized as Thin Hymns or Fat Haikus.

Poem by RELEE: Wreck

Richard Lee compares a train wreck he witnesses with his own condition.

Richard Lee's Letter Dated June 17, 1982

This letter from Richard Lee discusses his interests in Nautilus training, the book Who Dies, and the Bodhi Tree book store.

EMail by RELEE: the big laugh

Richard's poem about his lung cancer is quite the anti-thesis of its title.

Richard Lee's Letter Postmarked December 18, 1981

This letter from Richard Lee is the first following my graduation from CSULB in May 1981.

Richard Lee's Letter Dated December 11, 1982

This letter from Richard Lee tells of his run through El Dorado Park.

Richard Lee's Letter from August 15, 1983

In this letter, Richard Lee writes of his newly discovered interest in channeling, and of psychics and mystics, and of his accident while painting the exterior of his house in Long Beach, California. This accident would later inspire a poem he wrote on the subject, entitled 'In a Dream.'

Richard Lee's Letter Postmarked December 16, 1983

Richard Lee reaches another crossroad in his rich and complex life.

Richard Lee's Letter Postmarked February 23, 1984

Richard's letter tells of his Shamanism workshop.

Richard Lee's Letter Postmarked May 28, 1984

This letter from Richard Lee tells about his trip to Arkansas and New Mexico.

Richard Lee's Letter Postmarked December 19, 1984

This letter from Richard Lee tells of his travels abroad and in the United States.

Richard Lee's Letter Dated May 19, 1985

Richard Lee writes about his move to Joshua Tree and about Esalen.

Richard Lee's Letter Postmarked December 22, 1986

Richard Lee writes of his transitional period before moving to Joshua Tree.

Richard Lee's Letter Dated May 17, 1987

Richard Lee tells of the beauty of spring at his new home in the desert.

Richard Lee's Letter Postmarked November 2, 1987

Richard Lee tells of autumn at his new home in the desert.

Richard Lee's Letter Postmarked December 16, 1991

Richard Lee tells of his last days at CSULB.

Richard Lee's Letter Dated February 17, 1992

Richard Lee gives words of comfort and wisdom.

Richard Lee's Letter Dated April 2, 1992

Richard Lee writes of Shamanism.

Richard Lee's Letter Dated May 18, 1993

This letter from Richard Lee follows my letter to him after my trip to Joshua Tree.

Richard Lee's Letter Dated August 22, 1993

Richard Lee writes of Sedona and tells of his own brand of Shamanism.

Richard Lee's Letter Dated April 5, 1994

Richard Lee writes of spring in Joshua Tree.

Richard Lee's Letter Dated February 20, 1995

Richard Lee writes about how things are for him following his gallbladder surgery.

Richard Lee's Letter Dated April 8, 1995

Richard Lee writes about the new tape recording for Ceremonial Sounds.

Richard Lee's Letter Dated September 14, 1995

Richard Lee writes about the moonrise concert and another new tape recording for Ceremonial Sounds.

Richard Lee's Letter Dated September 13, 1996

Richard Lee writes about the heat of the desert.

Richard Lee's Letter: January 1-3, 1997

Richard Lee wonders whether or not he should have bought a new Macintosh computer.

EMail by RELEE: First E-Mail Attempt

Richard E. Lee expresses his joy at having successfully sent his first e-mail.

Richard Lee's Letter Dated April 5, 1997

Richard Lee complains about his Macintosh computer.

EMail by RELEE: The Wonder of Technology

Richard expresses his awe of how technology has gotten less expensive and more efficient.

EMail by RELEE: Scanned-in Watercolor

Richard tells about the scanned-in watercolor image he sent in the mail.

EMail by RELEE: Preparing for a Visit to New York City

Richard E. Lee conveys his anxieties and excitement about planning for his last trip to New York City.

EMail by RELEE: New York City Trip Plans

Richard E. Lee tells of his plans for visiting New York City.

EMail by RELEE: Return from New York City

Richard E. Lee writes about his trip to New York City.

EMail by RELEE: Part of Me is Still in New York City

Richard E. Lee continues to reminisce about his trip to New York City.

EMail by RELEE: Revisiting His Young Adulthood in New York City

Richard E. Lee tells more about his trip to New York City, and also mentions his upcoming activities.

EMail by RELEE: Fire in Joshua Tree

Fires sweep Joshua Tree, and Richard E. Lee recounts the incident.

EMail by RELEE: Father's Day

Richard E. Lee tells about what happened on his Father's Day in 1999.

EMail by RELEE: Books by Hall and DeSalvo

Richard expresses his enjoyment over books by Donald Hall and DeSalvo.

EMail by RELEE: Graphic Arts

Richard E. Lee tells about his new experiences in graphic arts.

EMail by RELEE: 'A Strange Kind of Life'

Richard E. Lee tells of his dabbling in graphic medium, practice for a concert, and current readings and studies.

EMail by RELEE: Printers and Scanners

Richard's printer and scanner, and printer paper he uses.

EMail by RELEE: Drumming in the New Year

Richard tells of his and Savya's upcoming plans for the New Year.

EMail by RELEE: Thinking of Submissions to The Poets' Tree

Richard E. Lee writes about poetry and poetry Web sites.

EMail by RELEE: Finding Himself on the Web

Richard expresses joy over finding his poetry posted at The Poets' Tree Web site.

EMail by RELEE: Lung Cancer Poems

Richard decides to write a poem a day, poems about his lung cancer.

EMail by RELEE: Orchids and the Integratron

Richard E. Lee tells of an orchid farm and upcoming concert at the Integratron.

EMail by RELEE: The Important Thing at a Job

Richard E. Lee tells of his experiences as a member of the faculty at CSULB.

EMail by RELEE: Successful Concert

Richard Lee's concert at the Integratron was a success, and a CD recording may follow.

EMail by RELEE: News about Lung Surgery

Richard Lee expresses his anxiety about the thought of having lung surgery.

EMail by RELEE: Proposed Lung Surgery

Richard tells of his proposed lung surgery.

EMail by RELEE: Alternative to Lung Surgery

Richard E. Lee opts for another way of healing himself other than lung surgery.

EMail by RELEE: Qigong as an Alternative Way of Healing

Richard learns qigong, as an alternative way of healing his lung cancer.

EMail by RELEE: Qigong and Painting, but No Poems

Richard began taking up qigong as a type of therapy for his lung cancer.

EMail by RELEE: Qigong and Cancer Poems

Richard learns qigong, as an alternative way of healing his lung cancer.

EMail by RELEE: 'The Birds'

Richard tells about his experience with the friendly neighborhood raven.

EMail by RELEE: CT Scan Results

Richard tells about the results of his CT scan.

EMail by RELEE: The Art of Richard Lee

Richard E. Lee expresses excitement over having his artwork posted to the Poets' Tree Web site.

EMail by RELEE: Bird Watching

Richard discusses watching the bird phainopepla.

EMail by RELEE: Origins of the Creative Writing Program

Richard tells about the origins of the Creative Writing program at CSULB.

EMail by RELEE: El Camino de Santiago de Compostela

Richard thinks about walking El Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

EMail by RELEE: Anxieties about His Planned Trip to Spain

Richard buys his airline ticket to Spain, but begins to feel anxious about going.

EMail by RELEE: Packing for His Trip to Spain

Richard tries to decide what he should bring on his backpacking trip to Spain.

EMail by RELEE: Contemplating His Upcoming Trip to Spain

Richard further contemplates his upcoming trip to Spain.

EMail by RELEE: Good News

Richard is pleased to announce the good news on his CT scan results.

EMail by RELEE: Last Ceremonial Sounds Concert

Richard plans for the last Ceremonial Sounds concert, on the event of his and Savya's 50th wedding anniversary.

EMail by RELEE: September 11th

Richard shares his thoughts on the significance of the events on September 11th, 2001.

EMail by RELEE: Post 50th Wedding Anniversary Concert

Richard tells about the aftermath of the concert he gave on the event of his 50th wedding anniversary.

EMail by RELEE: A Friend's Experience in NYC on September 11th

Richard tells about his friend's experience in New York City on September 11, 2001.

EMail by RELEE: Richard of the Ghostlies

Richard jokes about himself on the event of Halloween.

EMail by RELEE: 'Meteors and Me'

Richard E. Lee's last e-mail to me tells about his sighting of the Leonid meteor shower.

Sketches from the Life of Richard E. Lee, Part 2

Richard Lee was a man of many talents who pursued the ultimate ideals in life: that of self-discovery and of bringing about self-awareness in others. His vocation was that of a professor, but in his personal life his occupation was that of a student.

Sketches from the Life of Richard E. Lee, Part 3

Richard Lee was a man of many talents who pursued the ultimate ideals in life: that of self-discovery and of bringing about self-awareness in others. His vocation was that of a professor, but in his personal life his occupation was that of a student.

Sketches from the Life of Richard E. Lee, Part 4

Richard Lee was a man of many talents who pursued the ultimate ideals in life: that of self-discovery and of bringing about self-awareness in others. His vocation was that of a professor, but in his personal life his occupation was that of a student.

Big Thunder

Big Thunder (Begadi) tells about the Great Spirit's benevolence to all.

Simon J. Ortiz

Big Thunder (Begadi) tells about the Great Spirit's benevolence to all.

N. Scott Momaday

Big Thunder (Begadi) tells about the Great Spirit's benevolence to all.

Chief Dan George

Chief Dan George, leader of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, expresses a profound, universal thought with simple, beautiful words.

Nalungiaq: Magic Words

Netsilik Eskimo poet Nalungiaq has written this mystical piece, edited by Edward Field.

The Magnificent Bull

This poem by the Dinka people of Africa celebrates the bull.

Poems to the Sun

These two poems of Ancient Egypt show reverence of the Sun God, Ra.

Songs to Oshosi

This poem by the Yoruba people of Africa celebrates the family.





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