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An Arrow Lands in Nova Scotia

Joyful parents share a birth announcement, and also a birth poem

by Walker Blaine

Patricia and Walker Blaine are delighted to announce the birth of their son, Griffin Arrow Blaine, who was born in the morning on Tuesday, August 22nd 2017, the Year of the Fire Bird, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

After his arrival, Griffin uttered a few quiet cries and began what seemed like a prolonged glance surveying the room. The senior physician at the birth remarked, “That is one chill baby.” After weighing in at 9 pounds, 10 ounces, Griffin has spent most of his time relaxing and settling into life at home in Halifax.

A griffin is a legendary animal that is half eagle, half lion and able to journey in heaven and on earth. “Arrow” represents long life, and his parents’ aspiration that he be able to accomplish his goals like an arrow striking its target.

Please join us in celebrating the arrival of another Shambhala warrior.


Bodhichitta Monster*

It came into the apartment armed with kitten claws
And speaking a language of tiny cloud-moans and nose whistles
Riding love-laced breath that drove occupants and bystanders alike
Into coos and ahs while everyday language spun into sonorous praises of beauty,
Aspirational predictions of greatness,
And meanderings about cuteness
Or well-dressed mini-people appearing as business magnates,
Or satisfied buddhas.

The caretakers, exposed to long gusts of the fragrant pheromone winds,
Slowly found their speech wavering past mere babbling,
Into sleep-tranced inversions,
“I’ll be doing the dishes so we’ll have something to wear,”
While the possessions of the dwelling shifted this way and that,
Like broken stores flooding the decks of a storm-wracked ship.

All this chaos and joy—happy squeaks and grown-up laughter—
Summoned by the simplest wish:
Let’s invite the smallest possible houseguest into our home.

Bamboo Humour
September 14, 2017
Halifax, Nova Scotia

* Bodhichitta: “awakened heart,” the seed of compassion for all beings.

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20 responses to “ An Arrow Lands in Nova Scotia ”
  1. Gabrielle Edison
    Oct 28, 2017

    Ohmygriffin! Such ceaseless wonders! This is beautiful news, and I’m utterly delighted for you three … and your families. Griffin Arrow is a fantastical and formidable name. Your son is a gem, your poem a funny pearl. May all be healthy, and become acquainted — or reacquainted — with a good night’s sleep soon! Love ….

  2. Kristine Mccutcheon
    Oct 14, 2017

    yeah – more yeah!

  3. Susan Taney
    Oct 10, 2017

    How fabulous!! You and we are so fortunate to have Griffin Arrow join us. Congratulations to two already great parents!

  4. Martha Schoenemann
    Oct 10, 2017

    Congratulations Patricia & Walker. I’m just reading the news now. Griffin Arrow has the most remarkable face, eyes, equanimity (at least in photo with the two of you). The message that comes to mind Is BRAVISSIMO! ENCORE!

  5. Thank you, all, 1, 2, 3 – Walker, once again you evidence, your heart is connected to your speech. Coo-Coo-See-See Talk Song Dough

  6. Cara Thornley
    Oct 8, 2017

    The “chill baby”, the parents, the poem … Joy in the world! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Denise Kilshaw
    Oct 7, 2017

    Congratulations Walker and Patricia,
    So lovely to see your little one, and much happiness to you all,
    Denise Kilshaw

  8. Vicki Giella
    Oct 6, 2017

    Patricia and Walker,

    I had no idea this was in the making. My goodness, Congratulations! How wonderful for you both and for Griffin Arrow and for we, the sangha, who welcome a new Blaine into our midst. We await many other wonderful poems and even plays and music!


  9. Debbie Coats
    Oct 6, 2017

    Oh – he is adorable. Many congratulations to you all. Have fun!!

  10. Linda V. Lewis
    Oct 6, 2017

    Half garuda, half snow lion–a most precious human birth nevertheless! Love and joy to you 3! xoxo

  11. Dear Walker and Patricia,
    I am so excited for you and your family. You know I would be. As it happens, our grandson Devon was born the same day!
    Much love, Mary

  12. Eric Laufe
    Oct 5, 2017

    Congratulations, you two! Welcome, Griffen Arrow! How cool :)

  13. Judith Smith
    Oct 5, 2017

    Love your poem, Walker! Bodhicitta Monster with kitten claws and mysterious powerful language. And probably fine upper-body dance moves resembling T’ai Chi! Love and welcome to beautiful Griffin Arrow Blaine — destined to GAB!

  14. Pamela Gaines
    Oct 4, 2017

    Welcome Griffin Arrow! Such a name as yours will keep the dralas close, wonderful! Great news Walker and Patricia. This boy so won the lottery of rebirths. Enjoy forever. ❤️

  15. Emily Danies
    Oct 4, 2017

    Sublime baby sublime poem sublime great good fortune for all of you!

  16. Bob Vogler
    Oct 4, 2017

    Great news! Joy to all three of you!

  17. Trime Persinger
    Oct 4, 2017

    I love the poem! Thank you for sharing your joy with all of us.

  18. Fabulous news! Love to you all

  19. Timaree Bierle-Dodds
    Oct 3, 2017

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing and all best on the journey. Likely you’ve done it before!
    with love,

  20. Stuart Rice
    Oct 3, 2017

    Congratulations to you, Patricia and Walker! And welcome to the sangha, Griffin!

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