Starting Again: Bedtime Story                at the Mindfulness Retreat

                                                                for Fred Louis

How do we play Follow-Our-Breath?
Don’t try to lead it.
Be like this comforter—the grunt
in the boonies who took Winnie the Pooh
out of his pack, read it
in a circle of buddies, taking
turns, a chapter a night.

Hunched in the boonies:
A circle of soldiers?
A circle of killers?
A circle of hunted ones?
A circle of scared homesick boys.
“When we got to the end,” he
tells us thirty years later,
“We started all over again.”
   Rhinebeck, 10/23/97

Thich Nhat Hanh Zen Mindfulness Retreat, Omega Conference Center,  previously published  in Time’s River 2-October, 1998, Singing Frog Press, for info or copies of print chapbooks, please send contact info in comments

One comment

  1. Oh my! What an image. It reminds me of the guys who watched “Gilmore Girls.”

    On Mon, Mar 14, 2022 at 3:00 PM Singing Frog Press wrote:

    > SingingFrogPress posted: ” > for Fred > LouisHow do we play Follow-Our-Breath?Don’t try to lead it.Be like this > comforter—the gruntin the boonies who took Winnie the Poohout of his pack, > read itin a circle of buddies, tak” >


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