Archive for the ‘mindful’ Category

longest night

thirteenth full cold moon

twice erased

eclipsed in shadow of the unseen sun


by clouds

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can you admire the moon
as she shines
new to full

not fearing the changeable tides
nor burdened by gravity’s pull

light blue half globe
dim in the day
or lost in the rain or clouds

glowing giant on horizon’s edge
bright in the night
reflecting day again

orbiting you
her light for you
waning and waxing for you

can you bear the shifting tides
the pull of gravity

for love

of the moon

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knocking my head against

the wall
pounding ‘till i don’t feel it

why don’t i turn the other

no wall
on a curved surface
space/time is not flat

why do my thoughts get
written in script


so close to the plane of a page
when i want to reach though
the surface

break though
more suitable atmosphere
feeling myself in all dimensions

moving my body to breathe

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Poem: making friends. from ABOUT ZEN

making friends

with myself

despite my flaws

This stays in my mind – as do many things on the ABOUT ZEN page.

I just want to share it and give thanks to its author John Weeren.


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the first snow came
before all the leaves had fallen

no red, orange and yellows
some still cling
ghostly green
to the branch

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wrapping myself

in affection, adulation and attention


seeking simple sensation


from mind and spirit


neither can

fill heart’s hollow

childhood’s burden
liberty lost

to memory’s recursion


putting feet to earth

hand to brush and pen

mind to ideas

heart to feelings

examined, expressed, exposed
i regain the composition of my



unwrap, untangle, untie
dreams, delusions and distraction
find the facts
co-ordinates of experience

four space of

cohesive, comprehensive and creative



follow its map

path unfolds

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looking up

out the window

head tipped –

what does my indoor cat

think of the falling


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A nice comment from one of my favorite blogs… A Twisted Pair.  http://atwistedpair.wordpress.com/2010/11/19/someone-elses-shoes/   –

Thanks! But will I be able to get rid of the shoes?


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what is the sound of one hand clapping
how do you know when a fitted line


every step forward
brings loss in its wake

tears of joy

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I am wondering – now in my fifth decade – how I have acquired so much stuff – and why do I still want it?

Oh, I think, I paid so much for those shoes and the purse to match and I do so love how pretty they are – but what do I need of turquoise kitten heeled sandals when I walk in the gravel and mud?

Maybe if I could let go of those shoes and the purse – which I haven’t used in some years now – then the rest will fall out of my cluttered house like these last leaves of autumn.

Will it leave me a sparse and cold winter or a time of clarity for reflection?

Letting go is painful, but it is the only way to learn anything new – make ready for spring and growth.

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