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Monika John


(Modi Khola river, Nepal)


Reflections blind -

brilliant flashes

in glacial torrents.


Bubbles rise

and quickly burst-

a flash of life then death.


Undisturbed in turbulence

water and sunbeams

continue to dance.



Nature - a Meditation


A seal in the inlet

begs to be written

into my perfect day.


Bobbing high

out of the sea

he examines a wooden dock


then hauls himself up

plopping down

next to a snoozing companion.


A tree frog alerts

whoever wants to listen

that it is time for rain.


A heron lands

in a nearby fir

squawking agitatedly.


I feel my breath

from time to time

as the world comes to visit.


Nature is my meditation -

appearing, retreating

simple, charmed, impermanent.





Golden green with evening sun

grapes weigh heavy

on the vines


Autumn leaves flame red,

living, dying

all in one.



Recent poems were published in an anthology ‘Tagore Inspired’, Sampad, UK, Buddhist Poetry Review (2012-2013) US, Presence, Fungi and Urthona Magazine UK, Penwood Review, USA Sathya Sai Newsletters (2010-2013), Quiet Shorts, WA. 2013 fairy tale and poems will appear in Scheherazade’s Bequest and Crone Magazine. Earlier poetry was published in various US and UK journals.

Monika John practiced law in California until changing residence to Washington State. She presently resides in the Pacific Northwest, USA.