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October 3

“ Most of our lives we’ve been encouraged to be elsewhere, in plans and strategies.” Stephen Levine, from A Gradual Awakening

Most of our lives
we’ve been encouraged to be
This is why we love
maps, recipes, guidebooks,
instructions of all kinds:
Turn left at the sunflower field,
Add sour cream and bake,
Take two at bedtime with water.

Put down the paper, the spatula, the cup.
Put away all the scribbled directions.
Let go of the pen.
With empty hands
where we are. Not elsewhere at all

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