Breathe And Become

Charles Edward York 1966 (Saigon, Vietnam)



Breathe And Become

Underneath a tree or a place of calm
I found enduring emptiness
My mind settles
When the dirt in the water
Falls downward
Clearing the space
Where my thoughts raged
A tiger on fire
With no hope of survival
From burning.

In the jungle of existence I stopped
Taking a seat to allow
A stream of consciousness
To flow from within
Nothing exists separately
Everything changes
Nirvana and Heaven are
Names of the same
Freedom from suffering
And the false
Architecture of ego
Dissolves and disappears.

I breathe and become to focus
Mind to direct my heart
Where I may sit
So calmly with you
The string of my instrument
Too tight will snap
Too slack won’t play
Balancing between extremes
I make music and harmony
And I am free to play
As meant to be.

Copyright © 2023 Charles Edward York
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About this poem

A mesh of Christian and Buddhist teaching

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Written on April 12, 2923

Submitted by charlesedwardyork on April 13, 2023

Modified on April 16, 2023

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Scheme X XAXBXXXBXC XXAXDXXXCXXX AXXXXXEXDED XB
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,031
Words 193
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 1, 10, 12, 11, 2

Charles Edward York

Charles Edward York is an author and poet activist living in Plano, Texas. He’s written over 1400 poems and published 17 books of poetry. Born in Vietnam and raised a citizen in Dallas, Texas, he writes poems that include the subjects of love and relationships, nature, social justice, including police violence against African-Americans and minorities, astronomy and others. more…

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