BY COYOTE ROOVES
meditation at a window
if you’ve ever been perched at a second story or higher window,
looking out at a city of pedestrians headed separate ways,
watch the flow long enough to notice:
no one ever looks up at you.
people look in front of them or at their feet or at their friends they’re with,
or at their phones intently as they communicate with the whole world.
they look at the no-mans-space:
that point of air between them & the ground,
that blurred spot their eyes fall to as all else is periphery & noise,
trapped in their skulls’ effortless autopilot of thought after thought
after feeling after thought upon thought upon feeling upon thought
upon thought upon feeling felt thought thunk felt funk think thought memory STOP.
get carried away at the window
take a soft airconditioned breath
whenever you go out
remember to remind yourself look up
watch something suddenly slow
throw a rolling paper out a window
anything small that fits in your palm
roll it slow just to watch it go
try to control your thoughts
it is not easy but it is possible
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