One Candle lit for Meditation: Big Tent Poetry

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Big Tent Poetry Wordle 2.28.11

Gazing into the flame
burning brightly
it came, tangle of a
question, idea, concern, obligation.
Scuttling persistently around my mind
an ambling parade to wake my
worry muscle. The collective
adamantly populated
my head, set to defy me
in my quest for emptiness.

Slowly, in the flame
burning down
in the tangled mass of thoughts,
a familiar face emerged.
His boyish smile betrayed that
even as I sought
to withhold my audience,
he would say more in his typical
controlling, helpfully annoying style.

Quietly, in the flame
burning away
a subtle change in thought
brought a gasp from
the rambling ambling head;
cause unknown since I couldn’t see
far down as his bloodied thigh.

Then poof, he was all gone
leaving me free to meditate
in peace
by candlelight
in the moments left to me
before the flame did slip out completely.

© 2011 Shari Lynne Smothers

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For the Big Tent Poetry prompt of Monday 2.28.2011. Challenge is to use one of the following starter phrases and one or all of the wordle words.
“Say more ________”
“There is also the matter of _________”
“He started by __________”
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This post is part of my #SHINEonline challenge commitment for 2 posts weekly; 2 of 2 for the 8th week.

About Shari Smothers

Welcome to Telling Stories, my creative writing space. My name is Shari Smothers. Poems help me to understand the world and to explain my world to others. They're my premier story telling tools. There's more to come, so please share with me through reading, commenting, emailing. Learn more about Shari here. And do come again!

24 thoughts on “One Candle lit for Meditation: Big Tent Poetry

  1. I love this candle, want to follow it anywhere. Thank you for writing such a prayer of a poem.

  2. It consoles me to know that others have the same experiences when meditating and it seems I heard this from a lot of people lately.

  3. Thank you. It’s an important candle not to be dismissed easily. :~) I’m glad you liked it.

  4. It’s interesting you say this, Victoria, because I too have talked with people who have trouble quieting their thoughts. It’s likely just the hurried and demanding world we live in. Thanks for sharing.

  5. You’ve done an excellent job of expressing the way the mind can wander through meditation… I especially love how the poem ends with the thought leaving and that brief moment of peace.
    “the rambling ambling mind”~ How true!

  6. I love the idea of gazing into a flame, meditatively, and being coopted by competing thoughts. Happens to me all the time. Great take on the prompt, and my first time at your blog! Thanks, Shari! Amy Barlow Liberatore

  7. I’m glad you liked my effort, and thanks for visiting, Amy. I enjoyed visiting your blog too.

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