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Contemplation

I haven’t posted any music for quite a while, and his description of my site on New Hampshire Garden Solutions (https://nhgardensolutions.wordpress.com) reminded me that it promises “Poetry, music (and) spirituality”. So …

I’ve been playing “Songs Of Love And Regret” by Mal Waldron and Marion Brown a lot recently. On YouTube TEBekken comments, “Incredibly underrecognized album. A true masterpiece. Brown and Waldron conveys true beauty on all selections.”

I concur completely.

Here’s a track from it: their cover of McCoy Tyner’s “Contemplation”

Perennial Winter Of Discontent

PERENNIAL WINTER OF DISCONTENT

Awake in is-ness
Not contented with content
Sought the container

Karma Paths

KARMA PATHS

Breath
Digestion
Sine qua non

We love to dream
We have control

We have some
Not all though

Try controlling
Digestion
Breath!

Morning Ritual

MORNING RITUAL

Seated cross-legged
Steam rising from a white cup
Dried leaves in water

Funk And Consultation

FUNK AND CONSULTATION

Wavers like some wary worshipper who
Having cleansed both hands and mouth but
Still has yet to present an offering – same
One who once spewed the word continually
Pauses now in shame – How came this then?

This overwhelming fear to even utter its name
Lest such utterance besmirch this newfound
Love itself, its object, the tongue-tied herald

The flowering present dressed in hexagrams
When queried throws forth “Contemplation”

There must be sincerity, an appearance of dignity
The gift, not the donor, commands reverent homage
Give due regard to the meandering of one’s own life
Only then decide and advance or recede accordingly

The situation evolves slowly and settles to quietude
While the active masculine force is gaining ground

The future reveals gradual progress – a marriage
And the good fortune attending it – while as ever
There will be advantage in being firm, correct

The sun and wind suggest penetration and following
The earth and the mountains, as part of this process
Docility and receptivity, passing away in their turn
Giving way to stillness and obstruction

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