the end of summer

The end of summer

The rain and damp of summer subsided
as autumn drew near

The clouds had been good friends,
providing cover from the sun
and water for the beings below

The garden,
still a palette of green
and home to a chorus of creatures,
vibrated peace and calm

And among the subtlest of scents,
that of the papaya blossoms held sway
while the milk flower trees were slowly getting in the mood to bloom

trains of thought

Trains of thought

Trains of thought,
coming and going,
each wagon a word in a sentence

The station calm and still,
observing the flow

Trains of thought,
do not stop
at every station

Get on a thought
and let it take you for a ride,
or take a step back
and let it pass by

Passengers are free to get off
at any time

after the show

After the show

The play had come to an end
and the curtain had fallen for the last time

The actors and actresses walked off the stage,
removed their costumes
and went home

They had performed their roles
for a number of years
with varying degrees of love,
and now they were free
to simply be

a lull in the conversation

A lull in the conversation

A gentle melody slowly silenced
those who had gathered to drink tea
and sit quietly,

♫ ♫ ♫

and when all were seated
and the tea had been served,
the kalimba was put away
and only birds could be heard
singing in the garden

♫ ♫ ♫

Stillness reigned
for about an hour,
and when at last some words were spoken,
it was discovered that
no one had much to say

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the end of a story

The end of a story

A story had come to an end

Trains of thought passed by
a station where they no longer stopped,
a place from which they were silently observed,
a wellspring of stillness

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Wanderers on their way
sometimes paused
the mind trip they were on,
set their baggage down
and sat
on the platform
in the stillness
for a while

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And when they continued,
calm and clear,
down the tracks,
it no longer mattered
where they went
or whether they went at all

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