This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realise it is play. The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is. I’m here to tell you that the path to peace is right there, when you want to get away. When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. That is very serious!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
Like a disappearing fish
or a bird in full flight -
in an element of her own is jealous of freedom.
She circles close, insistent,
just below the surface -
but, when you reach out to catch hold
without a backward glance she’s gone!
Only on rare occasions
if you woo her assiduously; -
right kind of pen, paper she approves of -
a chair which allows one to forget
the intrusive flesh.
If the light is right
and the time
then, slender as a mosquito
and as easily brushed aside
she’ll flirt nearer to inject
the catalyst sting
Which may find pathway to the tip
of the waiting pen.
- Margaret Gough