Same, Same But Different

by Mark Chmiel

Same, same but different
Cami tells me this is a Laotian saying*

Same, same but different
Since Trump was elected

Same, same but different
The fragile tenderness of my heart

Same, same but different
Another semester comes to a close

Same, same but different
An undergrad reminds me of Mev

Same, same but different
Breathing In, Breathing Out gatha

Same, same but different
“What author will I immerse myself in now, MacDiarmid?”

Same, same but different
“There we sat at Cafe Ventana”

Same, same but different
Return, return, pay attention and return to this present moment

 

*Which she learned of from Moriah Bauman, now living in Laos

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