poem: our lives together in challenging times

poem: our lives together in challenging times

separated from one another
and under assault from the external din
as never before in our lifetime

a ‘new normal’ will never evolve
by commenting on the scenery or
changing external circumstances

needing intensive Self care,
and a cleansing from the rhetoric, lies,
propaganda, hubris, nostalgia, and platitudes

letting go of all we think we know
and that which the dominant authorities
want us to believe although unexamined

here and now quieting and stilling
we are as beginners each new day to the
examined, intentional, purposeful life

transcending the absorbed self
let us turn and open within
to wisdom of the ages and Self truth here and now

being as seekers
of the new day, the new time,
and the new way transformed

recalling Truth and Love
are the treasures sitting upon
the Lotus throne of our hearts

now with intensive Self care and loving mutuality
together we shall meet the difficult challenges
confronting us

dear friends pray for me in my tiredness
as I pray for you in yours, as we take time now,
to be restored together in Truth, Beauty, and Goodness

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
September 20, 2021

photo by author
‘Gulfview Heights, SRB, 2017 with Cathey’

Quote: prepare, practice, and participate: do the work and be the change

Quote: prepare, practice, and participate: do the work and be the change in these divisive epochal times of worldly chaos

I invite all to visit my poetry web site, follow me, and share what is on your mind at www.herbstonejr.com

Good poetry, good reading, and good health in these challenging times! Let us join together and love one another in authentic communities of belonging, caring, and sharing 💓

poem: life as participatory flow

poem: life as participatory flow

our lives are constant flow
things come together and fall apart

grief, relief
misery, joy

engaging, disengaging
exile, return

life’s paradoxical tensions
revealing a new holism

as the unity of both/and
and a peace surpassing all understanding

making room for all this
so that the hǣlan comes

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
August 21, 2021

photo by author at Draper Coastal
Dune Lake estuary in Santa Rosa
Beach , Florida flowing into the
Gulf of Mexico

Author’s note: The word hǣlan is
old English for healing.