ecclesiastes and the monkey mind

it’s all been done before,   softly she says,
like the good book tells us.          you can’t reinvent
wheels and gears and all that’s come before,   but
you can do the best with what you have,     and
you can make the best   .  .  .   but again monkey
mind distracts me to these other matters,
tangential concerns as meaningless as
each breath in the grandiloquent fable
that grand pantomime we call existence
dragging on beyond what we long to have:
all our stars tethered and angels wrangled   —
control:   this is the thing   —   o monkey mind
why so impatient and clinging,   why so
desperate in spite of life’s abundance?

david m pitchford
26 May 2012


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