Feb 15, 2021

i move through life one day at a time

the summer sun has slipped away into the west 
somewhere toward the ocean 
the house is empty and still 
i light the incense and say the words 
soon i settle down into my own emptiness 
evening zazen

twenty years of living with pain 
the last ten years hasn’t held many breaks 
my knees ache 
the left one horribly so 
plus three years of carrying the weight of a lost son 
i do what i can 
i move through life one day at a time 
i try to not think about other days 
i don’t always succeed at that 
but sometimes i do 
the pain and the weight 
my left and my right 
one is hard and  the other is harder 
last night i was up in the very late hours 
to find that even the air around me was crying

john lee hooker/bad like jesse james

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