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dVersepoets Prompt Meeting the Bar : Live in the Moment Before I Sleep

29 Mar
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dVersepoets Prompt – dVerse Meeting the Bar

hosted by Victoria C. Slotto :

victoria presents one of my most favorite topics, the sense of being in the moment

she begins with a statement i myself feel fully :

“I am not a Buddhist, per se. Aspects of Buddhism, however, have inspired me for many years, in particular, mindfulness meditation….”

then showcases examples of being in the now – snippets of data awash in each of the five senses, followed by a poem by louise hastings illustrating the pull of the seasons in one woman’s now


Mindfulness, Heart and Mind

victoria’s excellent intro brought to mind a couple of twangs of my own regarding mindfulness –

one, how often various proponents focus only on the heart and disparage the mind

my own feeling, which i express often here on my site ;-) is that ideally, a blending, almost a respect and compassion, between the two, would be even better

carol horton has one of my favorite articles, regarding right and left brain, which i think equally applies (and which she posted on her site a year to the date tomorrow!)

two, is my idea of how / where creativity takes place; but first, this background material, from victoria :

“the words we commit to paper or hard drive are born in the present moment. In order to create, we need to carve out a place and time of silence. We need to slow down and notice details, to block out distraction, and open up to inspiration. Silence, awareness, focus….”

a problem potentially occurs semantically when silence is interpreted as only being able to be when one is literally alone, with no disturbing sound around –

this problem potentially re-occurs in the final three words “silence, awareness, focus” –


silence, to me, has meant the silencing of both the mind and the heart

the human heart is wonderful, as is the human mind, and both have shown the capacity for infinite good, and evil – which might well be the definition of being human ;-)

the silencing of both, allows awareness, and with focus, i believe, creates the opening for each person’s best road of approach in that moment, either the mind or the heart, or, in those rare wonderful times, both the mind and the heart

anyway ;-) that’s my theory, and my experience

which, i recognize, doesn’t mean i’m not missing something

Accepting Individuality Within Oneness

but i must work with what i have, believe, and can accomplish

when i’ve sensed this most, are in momentous crowds, and the moments before sleep

weird huh? ;-)


Live in the Moment Before I Sleep

the cotton sheets crinkle they’re

so crisp


to my touch

sheila’s asleep ill for

a few days

her breathing’s rough

but her scent is


the bed cool

beneath me as i



our bed

sleep is the moment

where one


broadest in time

my slowing breath

a slow bellows


the past, my slightly hunched

shoulders ease, rest back

upon the soft cover


i was five then-now the

fever so high angels

swirled above me

aside my

parents praying beside


sheila stirs restless resting


shhh shhh

my mother laid her hands across my

forehead my dad watching

with softened eyes

shhh shhh

i touch sheila to ease her

sleep-jerky fever

shh shh


breath is easier and

darkness comes


in light streaked silk




after the long moment of night

© 2012 felipe adan lerma



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