From September 2015 onwards we will be presenting stories and reflections written by Jeroen Hoekman. Jeroen (Jerome) is a ceramicist & professional therapist with a business and private practice in The Hague & Amsterdam (The Netherlands). He is a lifelong student of traditions of religious and spiritual thought and has agreed to share some of his reflections with us on our site.
He has just finished writing a modern version & commentary on the Zen koan collection "The Gateless Gate" (publication in 2019).
Nostalgia Strange isn’t it That when we’re Most vital Raising a family Striving onwards Earning money We have so little time to be And once we think we have arrived We have forgotten how Rushing forwards into the empty arms of fantasy Lured by the naked promise of a meaningful life We fall through the trapdoor of time Into a hall filled with mirrors Shapes and shadows False memories Beckoning us Into an exhibition of the unfulfilled