Mitra Lee Worley: On Getting Mind to Stay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little mind, please stay

Please don’t always run away.

What is it that alarms you?

Or is it laziness that casts you adrift

As if there was some place to go?

 

You act like a teenager, itching to leave home

But there’s only here, don’t you know that by now?

 

Something tells me that if only you would stop this restlessness,

Settle down and be content,

Unknown wonder would crack open,

A barrier would fall

That which you restlessly seek outside

Would in all glory be right here.

 

Unreasonable little mind, you stubborn child

Is there no way I can spare you the pain of your own making?

 

Lee Worley

3.29.13/Boulder

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