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Life Is An Inscrutable Master

Life is a riddle. Nothing is as it seems. What is our great quest? Love and sweetness and gentleness and ease and wealth, no struggle or pain. But all this leads nowhere. A hundred thousand dishes, wine and travels, endless days on the beach, over and over, and then they are gone. What is it […]

Flowers for You/Forever Here

Flowers can bloom from nowhere.From the deepest gloom, brimstoneAnd dreams gone awry, thenTiny buds of hope flower intoYour view.Bitter the days, cold windsStrafing the land, thenSun and waters flowingDown through sweet valleys.I would hope to live forever.By your side, tasting whites andBlacks and blues,Tenacious days set againstFoul and fair weather.Forever here. —— From “Forever Here”__________________________ […]


The heart of everything is growing through our heavens and hells. The Cosmos itself is blooming. James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books, available in paperback and digital format through bookstores, online booksellers, and on his website. “Amid all the divisiveness, chaos, and loss of hope we see […]

Flower-Poems – Be A Dream

The latest flower-poem from James and Elizabeth Hilgendorf. James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books. He and his wife Elizabeth have teamed up to produce a series of stunning, inspirational photo-poems. Beautiful 16″X20″ & 20″X24″ metal prints of this photo-poem are available on our website.

Be A Dream

Be a dream. Be the unfolding of Transformation. Light from dark, Joy from dead-end Black holes of No light. Wherever you are, Wherever you go, Poles switch from South to north, Laughter bursts Into eruptions of Overcoming, Vision, Eternity, Stars, Suns, Reflections of Yourself. ___________ James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author […]

The Dreams of Flowers

How much are we really capable of? There are seeming bounds and limits.  A flower can only grow to the foregone patterns of its seed. Yet life allows for stretching, waverings in the wind.  The force of weather and storms and rain breed new determinations. Power comes from unknown depths. With time passing, new circuits […]

During the Dark Hours

DURING THE DARK HOURS Sometimes we wind our way up from the depths – to bloom as stunning beauties in the light. ____________ James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten nonfiction books. He’s sharing videos of readings of short inspirational pieces from his books to people all across the country […]

The Lotus Only Grows in the Mud

From Goldie Hawn, famous actress, producer, and director: “The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one.  But it will only grow in the mud. “In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud – the obstacles of life and its suffering.  The mud speaks of the […]

Talk at 4th Street Fine Art Gallery, Berkeley, Ca.

Yesterday, Elizabeth and I were at the 4th Street Fine Art Gallery in Berkeley, California, where I presented a talk and readings from my books, and where Elizabeth showed off some of her flower photos inscribed with passages and poems from some of my books (she is developing into a great photographer). In the middle […]

Barriers Are Here To Make Us Grow – A Reading

Obstacles, problems, difficulties – we all face them from time to time.  We long to escape our suffering. Yet, strangely, these are the doorways to growth and happiness. ____________________ James Hilgendorf is at http://www.jameshilgendorf.org