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Kaveri Patel

THANKING A MONKEY

There’s a monkey in my mind
swinging on a trapeze,
reaching back to the past
or leaning into the future,
never standing still.

Sometimes I want to kill

that monkey, shoot it square
between the eyes so I won’t
have to think anymore
or feel the pain of worry.

But today I thanked her

and she jumped down
straight into my lap,
trapeze still swinging
as we sat still.


WHO SAYS I CAN'T MEDITATE IN MY SLEEP?

I search for a buoy in this storm
as the black waves threaten to kill me.
The mind buoy has me swimming
in twenty directions,
my muscles cramping in fear.
The body buoy asks me to just float
and feel the true weight of my worries.

The breath buoy suggests I die

dissolving into the ocean itself-
the rise and fall of all experiences
and wise stillness underneath.


Kaveri Patel loves to write.  When she isn't writing, she enjoys meditation, yoga, parenting, singing, the ocean, family medicine, and spending time with her wonderful family.  Her work has appeared in Buddha Chick Life.  She also won third place in the 2011 international Spirit First poetry contest for her poem Forgiveness.