Veterans Day

The November trees, their colorful fallen leaves,
the chill-blue sky, the swiftly moving clouds —
I turn around in circles to harvest this beauty.

It whirls around me, through me — there is
nothing to grasp, nothing to surrender.

The last few days brought rain and mists; today
everything is brilliant in the Autumn shine.

I want to take all the warriors from yesterday,
today, and tomorrow by the hand at once
and say: “See?”

Today is designated “Veterans Day” by those
who designate the days of our lives.

I remember the neatly arranged rows of gravestones
cascading downhill at the Presidio in San Francisco
as I rode past them on my bicycle — the interplay
of bright sunlight with the Evergreen shadows
created a blinding stroboscopic effect.

I’ve heard it said that consciousness itself is a play
of luminous energy, that everything is just light.

It’s hard to hear that humans are still slaughtering
each other, but they are, by day and night.

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About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: http://www.pbase.com/1heart Essays on the Conscious Process: http://theconsciousprocess.wordpress.com/ Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: https://feelingtoinfinity.wordpress.com/ Verses and ramblings on life as it is: https://writingonwater934500566.wordpress.com/ Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: https://themindthatneverwas.wordpress.com/ Verses on the Play of Consciousness: https://onlydreaming187718380.wordpress.com/ Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: https://themysteriousexpanse.wordpress.com/ Poems of the Mountain Hermit: https://snowypathtonowhere.wordpress.com/ Love Poems from The Book of Yes: https://lovesight.wordpress.com/ Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: https://travelsindreamland.wordpress.com/ Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: https://freetransliterations.wordpress.com/ Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: https://westernmystics.wordpress.com/ Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: https://spiritguidesparrow.wordpress.com/ Thank You!
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