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Listening

Imagine you are sitting

outside a cafe in Paris.

You hear the bustle

and hustle

of those hurried

and harried.


You settle.

No longer weary.

Sounds become

a beautiful symphony.


As they enter your body,

you start listening,

not hearing.

Like the earth

and sky,

you welcome all

and grasp

nothing.


A. Johnson

Streets of Paris by Miguel Martins, Unsplash

Photo by Miguel Martins, Unsplash


Inspired by:


Ikkyu, eccentric Japanese Zen master


Inspired by:


George Gurdjieff, Armenian philosopher


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