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                                                   a few reflections on
                                                   keeping your cow
                                                   in a large meadow
                                                   while walking round
                                                   the streets of Horsham

                           don’t stare off to think
                           like Plato in a wonder
                           stare at the things about you
                           sufficient through which to see

                           don’t look through my (varifocal) glasses
                           for the finest point (which everyone else missed)
                           look instead through my eyes
                           to see what I am thinking

                           don’t close your eyes when sitting
                           to concentrate with less distraction
                           open them to include each thought
                           within every breath I take

                           don’t walk along the street
                           flexing your abdomen to be upright
                           and deft lift them all instead
                           poised so that movement flows
                           through them
                           like a visceral grate


“To give your sheep or cow a large spacious meadow is the way to control him.” Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind




abdomen wormhole: when I sit I am the posture
being wormhole: ‘I can write …’
breathing & settling wormhole: … thank you
eyes wormhole: poets do neither report nor / walk around enrapt in transport but / ’tis when in writing their worlds are wrought
glasses wormhole: looking
looking wormhole: gully
Shunryu Suzuki wormhole: “don’t move / just die / over and over … / be true to / yourself / and don’t move” / – Suzuki Roshi
seeing & thinking wormhole: ‘I wanted to write a poem’
sitting wormhole: accumulation of wisdom
streets & walking wormhole: A206 / Plumstead Road: / perched on a wall