Bob Tschannen-Moran, the President of LifeTrek Coaching International, enjoys writing poems as part of his creative expression and personal evolution. We hope you enjoy them too!

Two Tramps in Mud Time

Two Tramps in Mud Time by Robert Frost • 1934 New York, Spiral Press Out of the mud two strangers came And caught me splitting wood in the yard, And one of them put me off my aim By hailing cheerily “Hit them hard!” I knew pretty well why he had dropped behind And let […]

Many Miles & When Death Comes

Many Miles ©2004 by Mary Oliver The feet of the heron, under those bamboo stems, hold the blue body, the great beak above the shallows of the pond. Who could guess their patience? Sometimes the toes shake, like worms. What fish could resist? Or think of the cricket, his green hooks climbing the blade of grass […]

Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters

One of my coaching colleagues recently shared the following ode which speaks, in a way, to why coaching works. We assist clients to walk down different streets. Enjoy! Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters a poem by Portia Nelson, published in her book There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery Chapter I I […]

The Swan

One of my favorite poets, David Whyte, introduced me to this poem in the year 2000, when he spoke to the International Coach Federation Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. He later incorporated this poem, along with his marvelous interpretation, in his book, Crossing the Unknown Sea (pp. 113-138). The Swan a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated […]

Wedding Poems Nature • Culture • Adventure

My daughter, Bryn Rodriguez, and her husband Andr’s, shared the following poems at their wedding on April 18, 2011 in Costa Rica. The second poem, Culture, was written by my wife, Megan Tschannen-Moran. Enjoy!     Nature Even after all this time The sun never says to the earth You owe me Imagine what happens […]

Where We Live

In 2011, our family celebrated four weddings. First, my sister got married on January 1. Then, my daughter got married, on April 18. Next, my niece got married, on June 12. Finally, yesterday, on October first, my sister-in-law got married. Talk about a year filled with love! Life doesn’t get any better than this. For […]

The Journey

The Journey ©1986 by Mary Oliver (Atlantic Monthly Press) One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice – though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. ‘Mend my life!’ each voice cried. But […]

What to Remember When Waking

What to Remember When Waking by David Whyte ©1999 Many Rivers Press In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake, coming back to this life from the other more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world where everything began, there is a small opening into the new day which closes the moment you begin your […]


This poem, copyright 1976, starts off a book of poetry by one of my favorite poets, David Whyte. The House of Belonging, first published in 1997, is a delightful collection of poems related to the places David belonged at the time. This poem started off the whole collection a strong rejoinder. Lost by David Wagoner •1976 Stand […]

Two Poems by Kathryn Hunt

Published in Long Way Through Ruin, ©2013 DEMETER AND PERSEPHONE IN NORTH AMERICA Even in spring she is there among the horses, the pale crocus. Even in rain. She is there and she is quiet. I saw her standing in the garden, I saw her standing by the road down to the store. Without speaking she […]

LifeTrek Poem Smile

Smile by Bob Tschannen-Moran • 2003 Why do we stop smiling? Little children do it with such reckless abandon. At the slightest provocation (And often with no provocation at all) They burst out smiling Not just with their mouths But with their eyes And their whole beings. Even the animals find time to smile. Squirrels […]

LifeTrek Poem Divided We Fall

Divided We Fall by Bob Tschannen-Moran • 2003 Divided we fall on the swords of contempt Seeing no further than the kernel of truth and the vision of God we now understand The loathing rises It’s easy to point fingers easier still to despair in the face of evil so clearly seen But perhaps the […]

LifeTrek Poem Liberation

Liberation by Bob Tschannen-Moran • 2003 There’s talk of liberation in the air From the highest seats of power To the lowest trenches of despair Everywhere you turn There’s talk of liberation in the air Strange images command our attention Little girls giving flowers to soldiers And palm branches waving in the air While others […]

LifeTrek Poem Awake

Awakeby Bob Tschannen-Moran • 2003The world comes back to lifeTiny buds burst into flowerDrab and barren branchesDance to a symphony of becomingLike a painter’s paletteWe see the colors laid outAnd smell their intoxicating aromasThis too shall passBut for nowThere is hopeIn a world that knows too much fearBut for nowThere is faithIn a world that […]

LifeTrek Poem Passion

Passion by Bob Tschannen-Moran • 2003 I want to live. No more halfhearted efforts No more half-baked ideas No more half-full glasses Just wholehearted, fresh-baked, overflowing life. I want to live on purpose. No more aimless wandering No more squandered existence No more squelched ambition Just on-target, death-defying, carpe diem courage. I want to live […]