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Eleven Commandments

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Sixth Commandment : Something about
Water under a bridge

There is something in the road
I let a string of cars rush by
I walk out to inspect the object
It looks like a dead animal
It is a black mask

Seventh Commandment : Some things should be left in the road

I unlock my car
I check the time
I drink some water
I eat something

My car is pointing north
Soon I will be driving north
Back to my home

Eighth Commandment : Honor the seven directions

The seventh direction
Isn't a direction
It is the heart
It is your heart and my heart
It is the great heart

I am heading back across the field now
Through the alfalfa and clover
Where the bees are working

Ninth Commandment : Thou shalt not steal
From the bees
(Ask them for their honey
Thank them for their labor)

In the corner of the field
I vanish into the forest
To follow the path up the ravine
I drum loud enough for my friend to hear

When I see him descending through the trees
It is his white hair I see first

I sit at the foot of a hemlock waiting
Listening to the whispering
And the rushing
Of the stream below
And behind it all
I hear a distant tape
Of rock and roll
It is just in my mind

It is good rock and roll
But it is out of place here

Tenth Commandment : Turn the radio off
And listen to the waters

My friend is standing there
How was it? I ask
He says
We are living in Paradise

Eleventh Commandment : What does it mean
To be living in Paradise?
Find out what that means

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Gary Lindorff is a poet, writer, blogger  and author of several books, the latest: 13 Seeds: Health, Karma and Initiation. Over the last few years he has begun calling himself an activist poet, channeling his activism through poetic (more...)
 

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