It’s just two minutes to midnight
This old house it ain’t feeling right
Just two minutes to midnight.
She’s broken down and falling apart
She’s bleeding out, there goes her heart
At just two minutes to midnight.
The clock it’s a ticking, can’t slow it back down
The fastest two minutes that ever were around
Just two, baby, two minutes left.
Her caps are melting, the systems are failing
Some folks wailing, others go on railing
Don’t mater, it’s just two minutes to the end.
In just two minutes, she’ll be set back free
But that will be the end, the end to you and me.
Just two minutes, two minutes to midnight.
A hot day, high humidity, sticky feeling everywhere.
So much to do,the first day of school for us all!
Make lunches, off to school, answer emails, check classes, make videos, meetings, pick up children, meetings, dinner…
And of course the need to make time for the self
To just breathe and chant alone inside
Listen to the crickets, frogs, birds singing their last few songs of summer….
Stop and listen, breathe, and move the body
If it is not enough, or if is still just too much
Too much to do, too much to be, too much anger, too much of too much
Then let it go, sailing out into the newly dark night
And try again tomorrow, a new start of a new start.
I watch you
floating there, hanging in the air
your colors change as you begin to spin
and find you way back to earth
You land not far from the tree
where you were born
just another leaf
on the growing golden tan pile
There at the bottom of the tree
you all collect
no protest, just resting silently
waiting for the next thing
A wind to whisk you away
a child to run by and kick you into the air
a dog to sniff you
or use you for his business
Most likely though, you will return
back to the earth, right near here
right by this tree where you once hung and
fluttered in the breeze
You will break down and feed the earth
the earth that supports the tree
and you will become the tree again
parts of you cycling back up towards greenness
Fluttering in the breeze again
capturing the light
releasing pure oxygen
for all of us to breathe
We will welcome you
so glad to see you again
in a few months time
the cycle of the leaf
Come in and sat
Take the practice slowly
Not to worry
I will watch it all
I will watch the time
I will watch your pose
I will remember to bring you back
I will listen for the chime
The chime from the mother
Ringing in my head
I will wait for it
And let you know when
You can just breathe there
Be there in peace
With nothing to worry over
I will watch the time