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Sunset Descent, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Sunset Descent

In a moment between breaths

Clear my lungs
Clear my mind
Clear my heart

In this realm
Of sunset otherness
The heavy sigh of engines
In smooth air
As a world of cares and worries
Slides by far below

Soon enough to be rejoined

I take another breath
Feel the gentle decline
Back to Earth

Take another breath
Close my eyes
Imagine myself
In flight forever
Concerns and attachments
All suffering
Spread across the surface
Of a small globe
Above which I can choose to float

So when I choose again
To walk the Earth
I may appreciate both

Its suffering and joy
Its love and discontent
Its beauty and ugliness
Its hardship and kindness

With another breath
Empty my lungs
Empty my heart
Empty my mind
Of attachment
To one state or another

For it is the attachment
To a state of being
Which creates the suffering
Not the state of being

“Cabin attendants prepare for arrival”

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Youthful Halcyon, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

The Golden Lie of Youth

I recall the halcyon
Of inviolable youth
When life
Stretched out before us
As an infinite loop of fun
While pain and suffering
Seemed ephemeral
As an all-better kiss
And adulthood perceived
As a condition of denial
That play is anything but
A full-time endeavour

Long since has that glitter faded
Pain and suffering
Joined now as companions
But little desire has this adult
To deny a child
The pleasure of play
Rather play along
Perhaps to live again
The golden lie
Of youth