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this scent of pine and meditation (Happy Holidays)
by jeanne rene watson

Friday, December 24, 2004
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I just want to wish you all the best of Holidays. I am not here as often as I wish I could be, but the time I have spent here has been very rewarding. I appreciate the consideration and support you have kindly given me. Love and Peace to All!!

~this scent of pine and meditation

these boughs twined of firefly lights,
baubles merriment and jubilee,
now lost in the scent of pine and candle wax
I assemble,
my thought
my sense. . . my wit about me

My meditation
impels me,
close my eyes.
Bids me listen
to the thunder . . . a voice soundless.
Commands me
release the hours,
pause and inhale a singular breath

. . . pause and inhale a singular breath.
Know me as I bring your lips to mine,
I release my word and swell your lungs,
in your waking . . . in your slumber.
I am the only current,
at once, the same, high and retiring tide

. . . quiet . . . listen
I am the rise and the descent,
holding nothing from your seasons.
I am ever the seeding,
ever the harvest,
birth and death subject

. . . quiet
I distinguish no celebration
for I am consistent in my bounty.
I credit nothing to translations,
or tongues,
your histories, or crusades
I am undivided . . .

. . . wordless
Close your eyes.
I am the name of the child gone before you,
after you
and standing beside you. . .
the child whose hand you seek

In my rumination, this Christmas come,
midst song and celebration I find,
. . . in the hush, the whisper of the only breath

You are my primary colors,
the mixing of my forest and heaven,
the paints of my red soil and dazzling sun.
You are the blending of all hues and textures,
the threads of our kente,
the fine stitch of our quilt . . .
the laugh of the baboon,
the leap of the gazelle

And you are . . . simply present,
ever waiting
for us to exhale . . . . .

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Reviewed by E T Waldron 12/24/2004
Thank you for sharing this enlightened poem Jeanne! It is a gem
I will keep to savor often. Happy and joyous holidays to you and yours! Love, Eileen
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