I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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3 May 2015

Grasping Water

Growing older, I find
everything important resides
in the ordinary and unimportant.

Shall I then elevate
those ordinary actions,
those unimportant events?

A mistake.
Attach no importance
even to those matters.

Let the ordinary remain
ordinary. Otherwise
you have lost the essence.

When you stop to say,
'Now I am happy' —
the moment is past.

Today, at 'imaginary garden with real toads', the prompt is 'flash 55 PLUS' — a piece of poetry or prose in exactly 55 words, plus (today) a touch of Zen. I sometimes think, if I wasn't Pagan I'd probably be Buddhist; I like a lot of Buddhist sayings. Yet in many ways I think they're opposites. I once read that the difference between the mystic and the magician is that the mystic says, 'This place sucks; I'm outa here,' whereas the magician says, 'This place sucks; let's fix it.' Which puts me with the magicians (or witches). Involvement, not detachment! 

The first verse of the above is true about me. To arrive at the rest, I read a lot of Zen poems to get the mindset. Funnily enough, I now think there's truth in all that I've said. But whether it's a poem or a mere homily....  Perhaps it would take a much deeper immersion in Zen to produce true poetry from those ideas.

(I am quite proud of the title! *Grins*.)



  1. I am not sure that commenting on the moment necessarily makes it past, but it does separate you from it, for sure. Anyway, very interesting and thoughtful poem, Rosemary. Thanks. k.

  2. I LOVE this! Especially the final lines.............truly Zen!

  3. Great title. I sometimes realize I have been there.

  4. Ah yes.. its the little things in life that matter.. that bring us happiness :D
    I resonate with the sentiments that are portrayed here in these lines :D

  5. I love this. No very true. When you name it, it changes.

  6. Make that SO very true!!!

    Thanks for visiting.

  7. Wow! This is excellent, Rosemary. The wisdom and contemplation of worldly life is expressed with a sense of inner peace. If that's not Zen, I don't know what is.

  8. The fleeing of time and and I'm already too late to comment on how this made me feel.

  9. Excellent Zen ponderings here. :)

  10. Wow! This is Zen. "Let the ordinary remain ordinary" Let it be. :)

  11. SUCH wisdom...especially well-crafted and the closing is powerful and affecting...great writing, Rosemary.

  12. VERY insightful, Rosemary. And you shared it with a true and direct generosity.

  13. Much to think about in this well-titled poem. Love the last stanza, whic I believe is true.