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“Chaos Meditation” by Antoinette Voûte Roeder


How do I sit

on this floating island

and make it into

a steady anchor

in a pandemic sea,

holding my mantra

“I lack nothing”

while the west coast seizes

up in flames and a typhoon nibbles

at the edge of Japan.


While the world

self-destructs

-we knew it was coming-

I try to hold steady

to a solid centre

a deep space within

that bears witness,

embraces it all

and is not vanquished

by the storm.

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