Writing from a Lapidus workshop on Mindfulness and Healing, 27.4.2013
Mindfulness Exercise With A Small Jade Elephantby Terry Simpson
I am not like you, so perfectly moulded,
like history in bad books, soothing to hold
in the palm of a hand. You are exotic,
from an unknown land – I am chaotic,
local, cold from the ordinary hailing stones
that soaked me this morning – aching bones,
and don’t want to be mindful of this.
I want to fly on wings of words that kiss
the magic forest where its told
carved animals dance and never grow old.
But wait, your trunk is raised in anger
or defiance. Perhaps you are not happy either?
Maybe you just want to be a stone?
Who gave them permission to hone
you down? Perhaps we are not so different,
my little green comrade, fellow traveller, friend.
All will be well by Lizzie Shorrocks
I am walking in the sand and it’s warm on my feet. My mother is holding my hand. The sun is hot. My sister and brother are with us, my father too. We are going on a boat to the coral reef and Ali the boatman is striding beside us, holding the oars in his arms.
I am thinking about them now, my family almost gone, my parents long ago, my siblings here. But they no longer know me, lost in a place I do not recognise. I mourn them. I want to go back to the sand and the sea and the boat when we were starting out and it was good.
But then. I see my grandson at the bedroom window waving as I garden. And I can feel his small warm hand in mine when we walked today in the park with the dog and watched her tricks with the stick. I look up again and he smiles and it feels alright. The world turns with us upon it and it feels alright.
The Stone Ravinder gave me by Anne Maney
The buzz of business, like a horse pulling at reins.
The stone, cool and smooth in the palm
marked like a delta seen from a plane
or hidden markings lit by a match
on the wall of a cave.
Wading out into sandy shallows
channels that curve round banks of sediment
water tepid, current not wild.
Somewhere out there the open sea – not for me
stay with these swirls of red and brown
and duck-egg blue.