Keep Listening Still - Poem by RIC S. BASTASA

when our friends finally abandon us
we are still lucky
to have us: me myself and I,
NOW, there is no need to adjust
and chart what the other
what amount of light must this room
what shape must the window be
half-open or wide open to see
the long stretch of the road beyond
this room
narrow and noisy with the other

when everything fails
do not ponder upon any loss or regret
how useless and faulty have you become
there is no use
the world moves on
the ship sails still

when made to choose between the joy of the crowd
when you cannot afford it
choose silence instead
purify the mind
live in the solitude of the soul
like a pond without a ripple

however, when a leaf falls (another metaphor for death
or failure)
welcome it
for such shall become your
wise company

listen to the duet
of leaf and water.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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