bending the river

March 15, 2009

one leaf fragment
held firm in the ground
and turned the little stream
sent it coiling away
over new ground

as the rain comes down
and the little streams form
and pick their way
they make their way
by dissolving
washing
undermining
grain by grain
fleck by fleck
detritus

when these small flecks give way
when this particular one does
the water’s flow shifts
leaves the path it was on
and courses down a new one

my mind is such a ground
my thoughts tiny rivers
the simplest small thing
can shift the entire flow
and I lose myself
in muddy
silty distractions

control (or at least awareness) of the simple
the small
the gesture
this is where self-mastery begins.

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