patterns scratched

©2023 michael raven

patterns scratched
across my bone
runes & other lost
you held my hand

i still held sunlight
piercing thick clouds
warm on skin as it
all begins with ropes
& wrists at the edge
of the world, sea
crashing below, your
eyes painted kohl
bone between &
sharp colors dancing

no snow & sieidi
first flowers for our hair
the low songs sung

hand held & shadows
mirroring patterns
scratched across bone

mushin || day 167: meditation 瞑想

©2022 Michael Raven

hot spray of water
under the showerhead
early morning
brings daily revelations

This series of writing explorations that I call mushin are an attempt to grasp the concept of mushin no shin (mind without mind, 無心の心, often shortened to mushin, or “no-mind”). I am using prompts from 365 Tao, largely because they are Zen and Tao themes for meditation (which suits this exploration), not as an endorsement for the book from which they are derived. The daily prompts can be found in this table. Anyone wishing to participate is welcome to do so, either post your own response to the prompt below or post a link to your response in the comments.