From The Book Of Meditations

Forget all you’ve learned,
All the things you’ve done,
And all the things you didn’t do.
Forget all you are thinking about
And lie here
With your eyes closed,
And your mind soft, with
Nothing in it.
Now just rest.
Rest a while – here,
Not thinking,
Not doing anything,
Just lying still,
Digesting all the outside forces
And then push them out,
And watch them scatter away
Into nothing,
And remember
That this is all there is,
All that there ever was,
And all that there ever shall be.
Now rise.


Austin Brookner has published fiction and poetry. He was shortlisted for the 2016 Erbacce Poetry Prize. He was born in New York City and lives in Texas.

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