Saturday, April 26, 2014

"A place in nature" freewrite

Today I had a rewarding mindfulness session with two good friends. 

In no particular order, we jawed about jazz, Brian Eno, Jimi Hendrix, and the British invasion. We discussed relationships, the differences between men and women, the destructive role social norms play in the ways people perceive each other (and the ways we perceive ourselves). Also on the docket were the films of Darren Aronofsky/Biblical literalism, the JFK assassination, Barack Obama's place in the history books, and Victor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning," which segued into a riff on the struggle to avoid road rage and other negative reactions to our frequently challenging urban environment.  

In between freewheeling discussions, we did Qigong and three 10-minute freewrite exercises in line form. The prompt for the first freewrite was "a place in nature." I chose the strip of forest pictured in the background of the above photo. When I was young, the forest on my grandparents' land was a getaway for me and my cousins.

Pine tree forest twenty feet across
Drops downhill, then up
Half a mile
Next to an open field
In the distance, a river line

Cones crunching underfoot we
Walk
Stick in hand, mooring
Sunlight pierces treecover, diffused, while
At our feet sand, 
Pine needles, 
Broken branches,
A dead bird

Agglomeration, random, nature's mosaic

A deep breath, 
Exhalation,
Present,
Eyes open, young, uninfected

All the way to 
The big bootleg at the end
Sixty feet across
Trees spaced further apart,
Open

We sit on logs
Away from the grownups
Safe,
Still,
Peaceful.    

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