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And is it not true,
Waiting a while in darkness
There blooms a sky
Once blank
Now full more and
More of stars?

And so, too,
in silence waiting
We see thoughts roar and multiply,
Emotions self-arise, endlessly,
and, fecund, roll
To oblivion.

It happens without effort,
This stretching, purring cat close by,
These hillsides echoing
With wild cries of foxes.
This air, motionless, cool,
A taste wrapped in grass and woodsmoke.

Without edge,
Without distinction,
Mind fills up all space.

The world, a cup
Half empty of sorrow,
Is half full of joy.
Yet we thirst
And must drink
Regardless.

Gulping life,
A taste to keep us,
A withstanding
of emptiness.

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2nd May: Flow of Time

1
Finger of light
Twitches the curtains
Warm cat purs

2
Floating free
It takes a deep breath
Rising sun

3
Without doing,
Everything changes.
Time’s river

4
One or two moments.
Sunrise.
Fast river Time.

5
Watching.
Where is the small leaf of hope
I floated on that river?

6
Stay busy
So as not to notice
The speed of time.

7
No need to watch.
Sheep grazing
Feel the sun rise.

8
Catching breath.
No time to waste
Already gone

9
Accumulating merit
Then letting it go
Doing this, doing that

10
Morning sun
Now too bright.
Turning my gaze:
Waning moon

11
Sun and moon
Floating along
River of time

12
Where are they now?
All those plans floating.
River of time.

13
Caught sight of
One last time:
Small blossom.
Bend of the river

14
Somehow the same:
This thought
This river

15
One moment
Vanishes.
Recorded forever,
Perhaps

16
Deciding
Whether to go up the lane
Or down the lane.
Cat sitting in the sun.

17
To see all the pattern,
Break the pot.
Now the pattern,
Where is the pot?

18
Tune of an ancient chant.
Searching the words
That fit

19
Recording
Ordinary moments
In case
They never happen
Again

20
Thoughts, silence.
The sound of sheep
Munching new grass.

21
Slowly moving uphill
Into sunlight
Sheep nonchalantly drifting by

22
Choosing one,
All the others scatter:
Philosophical thoughts.

23
Should they never come again.
Collecting moments.
Mind fuel.

24
Fishing for words
The hours flow by.
But look what I have caught!

25
Small bright things:
Minnow moments.
I will return them to the stream
In just a moment

26
Haiku:
Not just words
Ripple outwards.

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FIGMENTS AND FRAGMENTS

A bouquet of winter words melting in the Sping sun, fading beneath the loquacious brilliance of birdsong……..

I

End of the year.
Glorious fire!

The living sleep.
The dead awake.

Humans huddle together –
The dark wood
The dark sky.
Hard
Is the shell
Of the hazelnut.

II

End of the year.
Glorious fire!

The living sleep.
The dead awake.

Humans huddle together –
The dark wood
The dark sky.
Hard
Is the shell
Of the hazelnut.

III

Long cold night.
Waking, unexpectedly
I find
A flock
Of chattering words
Settled down
In my mind.

IV

moon frozen solid
In the centre of the sky.

Old sun rolls slowly
Up the cold hills.

Ice-edged grasses
Wait for warmth.

Cry of the pheasant
In the dark wood.

V

Green morning
Cloud-laden.
The very edge
Of heaven.

VI

Take a thought
Watch it drop
A thousand miles.

Ripples spreading
Outwards.

Reflections of stars
Dancing a moment
Then settling
Back to stillness.

VII

Silent and still.

February bliss.
The sky is one
Low cloud.

Cool air breathes
The branches
Now and then.

I walk old roads
Between spiralling
Pillars of birdsong
And the
secrets of trees.

Feeling
The heartbeat
Of the world

Through the soles
Of my feet.

VIII

Sliding music
Landscape music
Floating music

Sliding thoughts
Landscape thoughts
Floating thoughts

IX

Looking down
On the pool
Of the sky:

The full moon-
My melancholy
Reflection.

X

Breathing in
Breathing out.

Crow
Pushing against
An early morning sky.

XI

White page
White mind

Cloud- covered mountains
Mist-filled valleys

White mind.

If I take a breath:
The sun will rise.

If I take a breath:
The one beside me
Will stir.

If I take a breath:

Day will begin.

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