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Calmness sets me free -- a sonnet

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I'm moderately happy about the way things are going,

That the wars are winding down at least for now.

I'm moderately pleased that it's cold but isn't snowing,

That occasionally I experience the principles of Tao.

I even have it in me to accept the way things are,

Happy to assume that existence is enough:

Coffee in the AM, wine, Netflix, my guitar --

My go-to panaceas when the waves get rough.

Though my father tried to teach me, I never learned to sail.

I think sailing was the Tao for my Dad.

But every time we headed out the wind would fail;

Recalling his disappointment makes me sad.

But ironically, it's the calm, afterall, that sets me free

Especially when I'm out there, like my Dad, on the open sea.

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Gary Lindorff is a poet, writer, blogger and author of several nonfiction books, a collection of poetry, "Children to the Mountain" and a memoir, "Finding Myself in Time: Facing the Music" Over the last few years he has begun calling (more...)

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