What Matters

by Mark Chmiel

for Lizzie Corcoran

Another school year comes to an end
We blink a coupla times
Nine months go by

I read Diane di Prima’s words
On Suzuki Roshi
And am reminded of what matters

Not the accomplishments
Not the ego-strokes
Not the quantifiable that so mesmerizes us Americans

What really matters:
Being and seeing being truly present
Being and seeing being totally kind

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