JIM INFANTINO

songwriter, author & nerd

Before and After Silence

sirens : sell

sirens pass outside
louder LOUDER FADE Fade fade
my moods come and go

sit

entertaining thoughts
sell themselves to me all day
watch them come and go
sirens  sell

toys obscured by Zoë

updated: 3 years ago

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rigamarole : inevitability

my old companion
depression returned again
same rigamarole

sit

as if before a
tidal wave's inevitability
i sit i sit now
rigamarole  inevitability

angles, angels by Zoë

updated: 3 years ago

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phantom : electricity

my daughter awake
searching for a phantom toy
escaped from her dream

sit

electricity
intermittently ascends
presenting as thought
phantom  electricity

dada obscured #2 by Zoë

updated: 3 years ago

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reason : perceiver

i have no reason
to be happy but i am
happy unhappy

sit

heavy lidded eye
perceiver of the pure light
of thought awakens
reason  perceiver

mama #23 by Zoë

updated: 3 years ago

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body : dreams

as i take my seat
my body remembers it
and the mind settles

sit

when i am sleeping
i wind the blankets around me
a cocoon of dreams
body  dreams

Self Portrait #56 by Zoë

updated: 3 years ago

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black : hopeless

mood so black
I cannot bother to count the beats
a deep dark fear

sit

sitting and crying
hopeless and tired and scared
I can face the day
black  hopeless

covered over #3 by Zoë

updated: 3 years ago

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away : spring

I have been busy
and away from my cushion
now i must wake up

sit

meditation is
like a clear cold mountain spring
you have to taste it
away  spring

Walking walking by Zoë

updated: 3 years ago

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swarm : steam

a swarm of activity
night and day without rest
tired and awake

sit

the sky is light blue
a metal steam stack rises
part way into it
swarm  steam

wagon wheel by Zoë

updated: 3 years ago

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stillness : timer

sometimes i perceive
a stillness under all things
i hope in me too

sit

my iphone timer
has chimed in silence again
open ended time
stillness  timer

Lateral movement study #87 by Zoë

updated: 3 years ago

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friends : returning

visiting some friends
I remember gratitude
and humility

sit

returning to sit
after time away from here
a welcome embrace
friends  returning

step up #4 by Zoë

updated: 3 years ago

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love : duck

my daughter Zoë
cannot say the word "love," I think
so she says "I you"

sit

Gray rug, wooden duck
spider plant sending out shoots
a man sitting down
love  duck

bright kitchen by Zoë

updated: 3 years ago

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restless : stillness

Another restless
night spent wide awake in
self examination

sit

my mind won't settle
even this is workable
chaos and stillness
restless  stillness

Sister and Dada by Zoë

updated: 3 years ago

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