to self and others
is the worst
feeling you can have
when in good health

when sad and lacking spirit
one waits to be taken over
possessed again

how can mediocrity
be so heavy to bear
for some
an abortion that lived?

an old friend
who practiced zen
all his adult life
reached a state of emptiness
while meditating
after many years in and out
of monasteries
how was it? I asked
he said
I had no idea what to do
with it
I attained uselessness
so he said he was going
to become an artist
and I laughed
I began where you ended
I said
there is no escape
and I gave him my paint box
full of brushes and colors

what color are you?
what is the color of your life?
what is the color of joy?
what is the color of love?
what is the color of hell?
what is the color of solitude?
what is the color of boredom?
why not?

at a certain point boredom becomes greater
than boredom
handwriting practically unreadable
no need for euphemism
or rumors
it’s risky at that stage
not to be trusted
it takes a lot to make you cry
and thick skin for biographical accounts
you don’t remember what you argued about
arranged as you wanted them
supreme power sibling rivalry
if you can’t do it fairly
you just don’t do it at all

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  • - nawroski -
    - nawroski -almost 3 years ago

    mighty fine words from a mighty fine pen…

    how can mediocrity
    be so heavy to bear
    for some
    an abortion that lived?

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladealmost 3 years ago

    Best poem on bordem I have ever read. Profound and brave.

  • wow, many thanks my friend.

    – Anthony DiMichele

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 3 years ago


  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...almost 3 years ago

    Great writing!!

  • thank you so much Donna~ I appreciate being featured in this group!

    – Anthony DiMichele

  • evon ski
    evon skialmost 3 years ago

    oh some very interesting thoughts on the subject here. . . .attained uselessness. oh man, needed a map to get to nirvava? good stuff A.

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