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Balance: a #TankaProse

courtesy of TAI CHI: MODERN BENEFITS OF ANCIENT ART
Posted by Serena Peretz

Stark images. Virulent quotes. Intensities of expression across social media platforms and lunch tables alike. A jaded comment sits on a Facebook post. A sharp retort forms, a reaction in the making. All of the agitation, and yet the problems remain.

A clear sky. Heavy humidity from the Maples’ transpiration. The song and countersong of songbirds from high up in the canopy. A calm, steady peace, arising from just this.

How can I advocate for change without agitation? How do I bear witness without ranchor?

By this”.

Independence

begins in a heart and mind

calm and quiet

move from the double-weighted

without losing the root

for COLLEEN’S 2019 WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 134 #SYNONYMSONLY

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16 replies »

  1. How indeed! I think its a balance – we can’t help but agitate some when we speak our truth – but we must also center ourselves (listen to the birds is good) and make sure we are listening as well as speaking out.

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