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.


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: Essays on the Conscious Process: Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: Verses and ramblings on life as it is: Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: Verses on the Play of Consciousness: Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: Poems of the Mountain Hermit: Love Poems from The Book of Yes: Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: Thank You!
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