14 November 2015

Becoming Seedlike

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Mindfulness meditation takes away
the stress of waiting. It develops roots
instead of frown lines while core muscles train
to hold my spine again (without quitting
before the day is done). I watch you seeds
hold still until your time. You make it seem
quite easy, but you have more practice.

Besides, I am not old enough to be
content with s-l-o-w gratif-ica-tion. I
expect ready to wear, to eat, to move
into as fast as I can say “Google.”
Imagine raising sheep, collecting wool
and carding, spinning, dying, knitting all
to wear a sweater! Imagine waiting.

I watch you seeds hold still until your time.
Fresh from the fruit, you yawn ready to sleep
until the sun consents to warm and ground
decides to moisten you this year or next.
You wait, while I locate my core and move
as if I could make healing faster. Ha!!
I meditate to be patient like you.

This seed you plant in me—desire to change—
intrigues, and makes me want to garden, too.
First stillness then modeling then ideas
from heart and root—seems easy not to push
but simply wait while something incubates—
I’ll have to practice (when I can find time).

Now, how did you make me give it a try?

For Poets United Poetry Pantry

Copyright © 2015  S.L.Chast



18 comments:

Mary said...

Susan, what I really like about this poem is that there is desire to change! I think we can NEVER lose that desire to change, no matter what our age. From heart to root, there is still time. I really like your attitude, Susan. And, yes, we have to practice...but we indeed can!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I like this lesson learned from seeds about waiting for the right time....love the idea of the patience required to grow a sweater in the way you write about......."Imagine waiting." I have to smile at having to practice "when I have the time".

thotpurge said...

Imagine waiting!! we do want our instant gratification...excellent lesson to learn from the seeds!!

Old Egg said...

We are always in a rush forgetting the Bible quote "For everything there is a season, a time for everything under heaven". There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own flowers and vegetables rather than slipping down the shops to buy them." There again we must grow too to change and flower as well. Loved it.

Jae Rose said...

I love the progression of this...the dialogue and humour...i would imagine everyone who attempts mindfulness is thinking the same thing - am i doing it right..why isn't it working - and there..as the seed is planted so it grows..and seeds just are what they are..which is the very essence of being in the moment i suppose

brudberg said...

The bliss of waiting, the urge for stillness and a moment for things to slow down.. Only then can change ever work. But it's hard to wait, to breath and take it easy till the right moment happen

Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

This is right up my alley Susan....I think I have learned patience more from my garden, seeds, nature....I have been thinking about this lately as winter descends soon...another time to practice patience. The ending made me smile.

dsnake1 said...

ah, patience, always in short supply in this google age.
an entertaining poem, love the humor and message in it.
maybe as we grow older we can afford to wait more? :)

Sanaa Rizvi said...

This seed you plant in me—desire to change—
intrigues, and makes me want to garden, too.
First stillness then modeling then ideas
from heart and root

Such wonderful lines! Love the message in this exquisite piece :D

Lots of love,
Sanaa

Kerry O'Connor said...

You wait, while I locate my core and move
as if I could make healing faster. Ha!!
I meditate to be patient like you.

Such inspiring thoughts, Susan.

purba chakraborty said...

This is such an inspiring poem. Really, we must learn how to have patience from seeds. Beautifully written :)

humbird said...

Indeed, mindfulness meditation trains the muscle of acceptance, non judgemental peace stage of mind...
Seeds - excellent metaphor for waiting and growth of self awareness...

totomai said...

Waiting is an educational journey. At times, most of us want shortcut that we ignore the beauty and lessons learned while waiting. The results of a long wait is often satisfying. Hope you are doing well, Susan

Loredana Donovan said...

Practicing patience is a great virtue, learning to grow, heal ~ it takes time & persistence. Seeds and nature can teach us that resilience.

Wendy Bourke said...

An awesome concept and extended metaphor. The stress of waiting, really hit a note with me: waiting to finish my studies, waiting to be financially able to support children, waiting for them to be more independent and so on ... it seems as though, we spend much of our lives waiting. An then, one day, it occurs to us ... we are running out of time.

Victoria said...

I like the idea of change from heart and root.

Panchali said...

"Mindfulness meditation takes away
the stress of waiting. "--- True that, Susan! Mindfulness practice is enjoyable, not work or effort. When we practice and repeat, it becomes a habit ....and eventually takes the stress away! Lovely lines...

kaykuala said...

Now, how did you make me give it a try?

So many that can and need be done. The seeds, the ideas and the brains are available, yet there are nothing to show. Is there any easy way to trigger it off.? The most difficult is to start!

Hank