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The Tiger's Nest in Bhutan. Photo by Chelsea Ferrel.

Distractions; A Poem

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108 spheres that work themselves through my forefinger and thumb

my mind is floating on the surface of the ocean

it’s the fragile flame of the monastery candle

and the place in the monk’s deep chant where I rest

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my mala echoes the sound of time

time? oh no.

fog rolls in

the salty walls begin to rise

suddenly my flame is out

and his chant brings no comfort

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bring me back to peace of mind

counting beads

I have no time.