Jackhammer

In meditation, suddenly a jackhammer
chews up the silence.
It is my greatest friend.

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Dawn meditation

Morning at sunrise
Buttocks on zafu
The monkey chatters
and throws bananas
Knee joints tremble
and grind out pain

Frogs croak
Cattle moan
A donkey complains
Birds sing in the dawn
Sunlight stripes the floor

Slowly, slowly
Eternal stillness is sensed
Embracing pain, chattering,
songs and complaints

Then just awareness of

Light

Pain

Birds

Arising and passing
as mind dissolves into

Silence