Why I Was Late to Plenary

Daffodil bloom

The chime sounded to begin an hour of silence.
I started walking up the road,
Trying to find silence in my churned-up monkey brain.

Step, step, step.
Listen for each big and tiny sound.
My shoes on the asphalt, the chickadee’s call,
An airplane above, the wind whispering in tall pines.

Step, step, step.
See all that the eyes can see.
The clouds in a blue sky, the root ball of an upturned tree,
Water flowing down the hill, a patch of blooming daffodils.

I find myself kneeling by the daffodils,
Watching the way the sun shines through them.

Seconds, minutes (hours?) later,
I come back to the reality of the space-time continuum.
I am a twenty-minute walk away from the plenary
Which starts in five minutes.

Step, step, step.
I walk and listen and see
In the spaciousness of silence.

The Endless Chatter

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I am powerless to ignore
The endless chatter of The News.
The pre- and post-disasters,
The Shocking Revelations,
The dire forecasts
And somber analysis.

I seem unable to remember
That what I need, really,
Is just a bit of silence.
A walk outside,
A time of meditation,
A few deep breaths.

What I need, really,
Is the sound of the birds,
The kiss of the sunrise,
The feeling of the cool breeze on my skin.

Help me, God of Peace,
To find moments of you
That break through
The endless chatter.