As it were, I sit Shikantaza

Life, consistent, flowers,

Thus, I sit, open mind

To middle path again,

My wife, my Rakusu

Cover, block scraps, yet

Black brocade beauty

Lining, the vast interior

Of the simple squares sewn

In straight lines with open of solid

Black cloth, round, my old teach

My poet friend practices Tai Chi

Sikantaza the middle sitting,

His calm movements unbound

Mine Tai Shi, calm poetry,

My more established meditation

Writing poems under mind,

My Japanese friends, and world

Of my teacher, true Roshi,

Teacher, given over, as my

Minister, M.Div. Great advance

Methodist room for All, for practice

With Jesus center of my Life, prayers

Abound as stillness from sitting.

Charles Taylor, MFA C2018

Published by elgwyn

I was a University and community college instructor before retiring. I also worked in fast food restaurants, and retail stores. I am an ordinary man writing for because I want to write and because my education prepared me to write; BA English lit, MA English, EdS higher education, and MFA creative writing, free verse poetry and essays. Blogs are an answer to high-priced self-publishing. Walt Whitman had to self-publish his first 1000 copies of the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass because in 1855 poetry did not sell. Most poets make a living in other ways than writing. Wallace Stevens was an insurance executive, and TS Eliot was a banker. Many writers teach, and always there have been writers who have written because they needed to express their thoughts and feelings. They wrote not necessarily to make money but to express "the old universal truths of the human heart" according to Faulkner. Here I reach a wider audience I missed than by self-publishing, and I stand a better chance to reach a wider audience for less expense than self-publishing. I self-published my first books, Winter from Spring, and Meditations on Gratitude; poetry and photo books which were easier to self-publish than to seek a not to seek a publisher company. This blog allows me to write for an interested audience because I write poetry and personal essays. I write for a friendly audience and present to you a slice of my writing. Perhaps you will enjoy what you read.

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