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Ed Krizek


Lying poolside
in half a trance
life surrounds me---
whoops, yells, and laughter
of children playing in the water.

There is life in emptiness.

While reading a teaching
which reminds me to remember death
with every inhale and exhale
a small child cavorts
and cannon balls into the water
with immeasurable exhilaration.

Immerse yourself in life.

One wall of the pool
has an insipid mural
of a seascape painted on it---
sand, birds, breaking waves, a beach ball.
In my trance I think
How beautiful!

Death’s companionship
elevates me
heightens my awareness.
I do nothing
savoring the experience
like the last mouthful
of a fine meal.

Ed Krizek was born in New York City and now runs a sales and marketing business in Swarthmore, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. He holds a BA and MS from University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA and MPH from Columbia University. He is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County, has published over fifty-five articles, poems and short stories in various publications, and won prizes in several poetry and short story competitions. You can see more of his work at