Feb 12, 2021

learn to let that go



so long ago i pictured a quiet life

i imagined children playing in the yard

while i cooked on a barbecue grill

with the scent of the meat rising up

into the sweet, clean air

---and so it was

time passes as it must

and she and I are old

the children are grown 

one is dead

and there is a grandchild now

she is the light in our world

as lives go i’ll take it

when the time comes

i will gladly return it

in the end we pass the gift on

-jobe


my road to heaven is not the same as yours 

likewise my road to hell is different too 

life is often random

i have had two marriages 

one lasted thirty minutes

and the other lasted a lifetime 

love is often random 

when i was young i was ruled by my anger 

i had to learn to let that go  

my choices can be more random

i live a quiet life now 

i say ’no’ more often than ever

the things i say ‘yes’ to are quite random

i might mention heaven and hell 

but i don’t believe in them

or fate 

i believe what happens in life is mostly random

now i will end this poem 

i might make some coffee or sweep the kitchen

whatever i do will be random

-jobe


The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there. 

-Robert M. Pirsig


Cooking is one of the most Zen things - you have to be there. 

-Roy Choi


Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes. 

-Alan Watts



tom waits/ol' 55

links

Ren Powell

Bait the Lines

Hardcore Zen

haiku eye

The Urban Mermaid

HOOT, a monthly literary magazine on a postcard

The Slowdown

clay and branches

THOTPURGE

Summer's End

Medusa's Kitchen

The Middlewesterner

The Morning Porch/Patio

VIA NEGATIVA, purveyors of fine poetry since 2003

thanks/jobe



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