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Attentiveness and Soul

Attentiveness and soul

Mary Oliver’s words

Swirling inside

And I wonder

How to release

thoughts

desires

plans

assumptions

opinions

judgements

Pulling       pushing       persuading       par oozing

Us away

From paying attention

Existing soul level

Now

Now

Now

Press your feet into the ground and feel

Cold concrete

Soft squelch grass and mud

Crumbs into arches

Mat crease between toes

Sharp stool edges

Press lips together

Feel exact

Meeting moment

Lips on

Curve of a cup

Warm

First tear of a golden apple

First sting of cracked skin

First swipe of lip balm

First words forming

Lips curved into grin

Come back

Come back

Come back

Now

Now

Now

Smell the breath of

Your dog yawning,

An orange mid peel

Johnny bakes browning

A toothpaste kiss

Come back

Come back

Come back

Now

Now

Now

By Maureen St.Clair

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