Meditations on the Mysteries of Life: A Book of Poetry and Art

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This book asks important questions about being alive. Footprints on Fresh Snow. Defoliation of Self. Great Spirit. In the Bean Patch on a Warm Spring Day. I am a Swift Moving River. What If This Is Hell? My Love Is Afraid. Insatiable Love. Where Does It Hurt. The Sparrows Gather Here. A Man and a Woman. Perhaps This Is Paradise. Darkness Between Intervals. Intuit. The Dark Detour Down. At My Mother's Grave. Tomorrow I Live Or ...

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Overview

Also available in a full-color and kindle versions.

This book asks important questions about being alive. Footprints on Fresh Snow. Defoliation of Self. Great Spirit. In the Bean Patch on a Warm Spring Day. I am a Swift Moving River. What If This Is Hell? My Love Is Afraid. Insatiable Love. Where Does It Hurt. The Sparrows Gather Here. A Man and a Woman. Perhaps This Is Paradise. Darkness Between Intervals. Intuit. The Dark Detour Down. At My Mother's Grave. Tomorrow I Live Or Die Inside. A Deadly Combination, Especially Tonight. A Porous Membrane. Why Do You Keep Coming Back? Night Crossing. Duct Tape and Bailing Wire. Daring Not to Speak. A Foggy Night. The Sun Is Down. These poems and more are waiting for you.

Defoliation of Self

I sleep with the window open and the furnace off
It rests my mind
I love being alone after days out with people, or
Without them working outside defoliating weeds
And blackberries, truth be told I lost my trust in
People long ago, Diagnosis: not very social

I work alone, talk to myself
Meditate with my eyes open pushing and
Pulling machines on wheels
Described myself as extroverted,
The tests I took said introvert
In high school I earned a perfect score on
Reading comprehension
Not so high on anything else
Diagnosis: obsessed with self

Know a woman who swallowed glass,
Called for an ambulance
Why would you harm yourself and
Then immediately call for help?
I ask myself, why do one or the other?
Diagnosis: dangerous to self

You keep moving on from man to man wondering
Why they leave you or you leave them after years together
Growing further and further apart
Diagnosis: unknown

I sleep with the window open under
5 wool blankets and a comforter,
By myself, I like my life, feel close to the
Spiritual presence of creator

A Foggy Night

1
The busses are all running late
Traffic is bad
Tempers are running short
The rent is due with nothing left to pay
What is a man to do?

My favorite thing to do on a night
Like this is to walk and walk
Think things through
Make plans
And this is what I'll do

2

The night we argued and went our own
Separate ways it was like this
Foggy, congested, dark, and wet
Neon light so inviting to lure you in
Take advantage before letting you go away again

3
What does a man think about the night
Before he is put to death?
What does he feel?
Of all possibilities, what does he want for
His last night on earth? Who with?

Are these not legitimate questions to ask
Oneself on a night like this?
Why wait for a sentence of death?

Intuit

Fear not death
Welcome her when she comes
An old woman heavy with new life
Carried on rivers flowing into new oceans
Carried from this to the
Next by our angels of life

The Sun Is Down

The sun is down
The work is done

Travails of living
On the mend

Time to relax
Enjoy peace of mind

Meditate on silence
Of this night

Before the day begins
Again

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466321113
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Pages: 76
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Leach lives in Portland, Oregon. An artist and a poet, Leach has written professionally for businesses and universities. He is co-author of a soon to be published biography of artist C.S. Price.

In 1995 he abandoned the corporate life, focusing on painting and poetry while earning money caring for client's yards and homes.

Leach studied creative writing (poetry) at Cornell University (B.S. General Studies, 1972), and holds two Masters degrees from Washington State University (Sociology, Education). "I've always considered myself a writer. I've taken many paths, tried a variety of occupations, always coming back to writing and art."

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