After Ginsberg’s “I Meditate”

by Mark Chmiel

I meditate to calm my rampaging mind
I meditate to focus on clear image of you smiling in Tahoe
I meditate on words (translated) of Wang Yang-ming

I meditate to be able to be present to people in crisis
I meditate (sit still) less than time spent writing
I meditate in hopes of tastes of joy

I meditate with no big deal expectations
I meditate to save this wrecked up world
I meditate to put together this fragmented Shimmelstoy

I meditate and get distracted in a daydream in which you moved back to St. Louis and we sit and meditate on Saturday mornings 9:30 a.m. week after week

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