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Ben’s Ghost

BEN’S GHOST

The spirit
that graces me
with its passing
has no name.

And stems not
from thoughts and words
though it gathers them up as it flows
but from feeling.

Mary Oliver: In Memoriam

MARY OLIVER: IN MEMORIAM

Flesh and bone may decay
Her words, all the thoughts
All the feelings they evoke
Shall remain to nourish us

Self-importance

SELF-IMPORTANCE

“Now I understand”
We say, but it is simply
An understanding

Leave Your Thoughts

LEAVE YOUR THOUGHTS

I left my thoughts
My thoughts left me

My thoughts departed
While I. left remained

Alone in an aloneness
Awaiting fresh thoughts

Heresy (28a)

HERESY

Explosive
This marriage of words
Half-closed doors
Fly open
Naked, virgin thoughts scamper
Hither and thither

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Shadorma November

Lost In Thought

LOST IN THOUGHT

sense
weaves in and out of mystery
you make stuff up

pain

………purpose

………………emotion

an interesting cast
on stage
it was

foolish

………mindless

………………a merging of dualities

half listening
thinking about something else
wisdom was suggesting

not do that

………pay attention

……………………….yes it’s awareness

I wonder …
…..
…..
5. An Accidental Awakening - highlighted

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– This blackout poem was extracted, with permission, from Linda George’s article “An Accidental Awakening “.

Envy

ENVY

This afternoon
I came across these fine words
Of Gary Shneider’s

“Your thoughts do not care about you
They only want to perpetuate themselves”

Envy arose as I read them
But I did not allow it
To perpetuate itself

Thought

THOUGHT

Where do they come from?
And where do they go?
And what is their purpose?
And shall we ever know?

God’s Fancies

GOD’S FANCIES

Pansies nod their heads
As butterflies flutter by
… Les penseés de Dieu

Similarity

SIMILARITY

Without warning
A band of wild horses
Galloped into view
They thundered past
Disturbing the stillness
And in a moment … gone again

I do not know
Where they came from
Why they came this way
And at such a pace
Nor where they may be now
Thoughts … a similar mystery

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