How this Buddhist is bringing delight to the web in lockdown

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‘Reality is always already the case.’ Adi Da Samraj

I don’t know much about nuns.

In my 58-year span, there’s only been two of any note. One was a confessor at the tail-end of a six-week stint in rehab where I had just turned 27.

The other appeared through the…

When the real differences show up
we both happen to be in the glare of
each other’s whiteness — she had washed
the clothes in the morning & by evening
we were done. I thought about this a lot —
who is Moses and who is God? Symmetry
cleaved us together, then apart.
How do you ground two lunatics in love
with ideals when the axe is suspended
from the beginning, relationship over
before its begun? No-thing matures until
you can’t avoid it anymore. We had loved
our symmetry until its shadows dawned.
‘We’ve just bought a house,’ she said.
‘But we haven’t had kids,’ words that didn’t
pass my lips, then four cardboard boxes
in the backseat of a Cortina. I shook a fist
at Uranus, the lightning god.
She hears her windchimes playing different
songs — she will tell in another six months.

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We are a house of small things,
my genius in a jam jar by the sink.
Each day at noon I sit
at my keys and dream of cloisters
and floral courtyards
among the dead, or see myself
as a young Mozart, feet dangled
like two carrots, hoping for a bite,
a crunch to remind me I’m living…

(Sophie Toscan du Plantier July 28, 1957-December 23, 1996)

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Her foot is caught in the snare of old Ireland
& you know that she is soon the stuff of
legend & the ground will love her too
much to let her leave, the rough tides always
clawing at her door, her story integral to his.
Some might say she was doomed soon

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We thought of the river and decided
to visit —
the lone guitarist pumping out
Bach, the dogs sitting patiently as their
owners talked, the cyclists who nearly
squished us on the path
and all those paintings

beside themselves with envy, saying
I have no words, quiet
like a hermit in…

What I have learned during my spiritual odyssey in this lifetime

‘You know why your culture is sick? It is sick because it worships the rebel and not the lover and servant. It is sick because it worships the man of reason and not the naked and dancing slave of God. It is sick because it has lost the image of…

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Out in the garden at dusk
my tremolo leg pulsing like it always does
the silken purse of memory opens
to a crate and a broom handle
cotton sheet for a sail

how I navigated the lawn as
Sinbad in search of treasure and
that girl in the
Lamb’s Navy Rum advert…

Simon Heathcote

Psychotherapist writing on the human journey for some; irreverently for others; and poetry for myself; former newspaper editor.

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