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Wispy Skies, Zion National Park, Utah, United States of America

Will of the Wisp

My presence in this moment
Is but a wisp of a cloud
In a windswept sky
A drop of rain
In the eons of torrents
Which gouge a canyon
From a plateau of stone

Try as I might
I cannot grasp
The monumental meaningless
Of my own existence
Leaving me to acknowledge
The incalculable significance
Of drawing a single breath

Here am I
An infinitesimal ephemeral wisp
In the cloud-strewn sky
Of existence
Claiming my glorious place
In the magnificence
As if a passing moment in eternity
Were eternity itself

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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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Straight Stretch, East of Susanville, California, United States of America

Straight Stretch

Oft times the path ahead
Seems crystal clear and straight

Still I proceed with caution
Keep my eye upon the road

For sudden curves unforeseen
For living things which cross the lane
For side roads leading from the route

Some could throw me from my course
And I could lose my way

Some may form a barrier
Force me to a halt

Some may lead me far astray
Distract me from my goals

Some may offer opportunity
A better route to go

And which of these
I may not know
Until I drive
Some many miles beyond

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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