The Slow Fix

by Mark Chmiel

This isn’t the Sudden Enlightenment School
By a long shot

It’s the Show-up-Each-Day-

It’s meditating morning and night
Then gathas throughout the day

It’s tending to the garden of the mind
And smiling to the thousands of weeds

It’s gently uprooting
One weed at a time

It’s Gandhi’s patience of emptying
An ocean with a teaspoon

It’s being on the path with Carla Nguyen
Whose texts to me are bells of mindfulness

It’s acknowledging over and over
“I have so far to go … I’m so happy”

It’s not the rushing racing way for me
I’m taking refuge in the slow fix

And I’ll never forget what Ms. Chatterjee
Sent me on that auspicious postcard:

“The journey of a billion miles
Begins with a single step”


–novel-in-progress, Our Heroic and Ceaseless 24/7 Struggle against Tsuris