The Observer

Apparently I should understand,

What’s going on inside my mind.

But when I probe,

It remains elusive.

Enigmatically reclusive.

When I simply sit still,

A cascade of thoughts and feelings,

All compete for centre-stage.

Like the din of an audience,

Before a performance.

Or a cacophony of debate,

Competing for a point to make,

With no speaker to call ‘Order’!

Rarely these facets of me,

Can ever seem to agree.

When I can become observer,

Watching the chaos unfold.

Avoiding the compelling draw.

The roar then abates.

Quiet calm is my state.

I can sit aware of arisings.

Comforted all will pass,

That all is transient.

This state is not easily found.

But it is truly profound.


Dealing with Anger

When fuelled by anger,

Cease & desist,

Try to find,

The injustice.

Look for its root.

It could be small;

A meal ruined,

By a baby’s bawl.

Or maybe huge,

Like people dying.

Or political,

Like statesmen lying!

Whatever the cause,

Of your zealous wrath.

Finding the wrong,

Helps it peter off.

Then you can decide,

The best way to act.

With a calm head

Driven by fact.