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IT IS NOT ALL ABOUT FOOD, BUT IT SURE HELPS!

3 O'CLOCK. UP AND SLOWLY INTO YOGA FOR THE NEXT HOUR. HAD BEEN UP EARLIER, FOR SIPS OF WATER, BUT ONCE THE PRACTICE WAS OVER, HAD MY USUAL PINT OF ROOM-TEMPERATURE WATER WITH HALF A SQUEEZED LEMON.


WATCHED H.H. DALAI LAMA GIVING TALK ON MEDITATION & HAPPINESS...
BREAKFAST ONE GRAPEFRUIT & 2 SATSUMAS * 5.3O'ISH OUT FOR CYCLE RIDE IN DIRECTION OF THE SEA-FRONT. SOME TEENAGERS ASK ME IF I CAN DRIVE THEM HOME! THEN, CHAT WITH AIDAN @ HIS PHOENIX BAKERY. HOME @ SIX FOR... A FEW SOAKED ALMONDS (20?) (PROTEIN AFTER EXERCISE) * MADE A POT OF HERBAL TEA, TO SIP WHEN COOL DURING THE MORNING, UNTIL I GOT TO GO OUT - I HAD A MAIL-ORDER DELIVERY...

* 7.00....ZAZEN... 25 minutes sitting....i do not have a timer....i do not have a strict schedule....i do not sit on zafu (cushion) since damaging left hip and knee, following directive of..."pain is the taste of zazen." TOOK ABOUT 12 YEARS TO HEAL...  ...just "suddenly" noticed one day, when i had resumed yoga practice once again…

ON THE BUSES - #1 & #2

#1

heart of compassion
as at stop after stop
after stop
pensioners board bus
SLOWLY
moment by moment
Buddha's dilemma
understandable.


     #2

pink ear-phones
freckled face
silver crucifix
immaculate nail-varnish
fingers at i-Phone
gone too soon
my blueberries
also
have the
desired taste.

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june 30th  2012 - twixt weymouth & dorchester.

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MY CURRENT, IRREVERENT VEGAN DIET...

i would prefer to use the term "100% plant-based, whole-food diet", but truth is, i bin nibblin' at dem liddle sardines in tomato sauce, of late! One reason for this, is that i have always been an out-and-out foodie all my life, and most foods really turn me on. Another reason is that i do not supplement my diet with B12 tablets. But most of all, i so enjoy eatin 'em, now and again!!!... The mainstay of my diet, however runs like this.... BREAKFAST: meusli of oat and barley flakes, ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, blueberries, grated apple, cinnamon, and water and/or rice milk, almond mik or low-fat soya milk. Sometimes raw honey...sometimes not. BUT, this morning, i had grapefruit with two satsumas. Sometimes i have a raw, fresh juice..as green as possible. Any breakfast always preceeded by about a pint of room- temperature water (out of filter) with half a squeezed lemon...a JUICY one.
LUNCH AND DINNER are interchangeable = one small meal & one big m…

SUMMERS W/ ZAZA - (10 poems)

TOO FRIENDLY

young ones
asking for
cake again
leaning
on fence
salivating

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sun
going down
through pines
horses
going down
through fields

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HABITS

Hannah
bareback-riding
long legs
elastic arms
&
light hands

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ATTRACTION

Bees must
think
my hat's
a sunflower -
dozens
of 'em

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Flies every-
where
wish i
had a
ponytail

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BLACKSMITH

Mayor knows
he needs
a firm grip
or else
lose more
teeth

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ON THE PATH

Flies on
the dung
still steaming

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Nice enough to eat
ripe as a peach
& rock 'n' roll
on Caroline

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SWALLOW

Swooping
in-and-out
the stables
in-and-out
my heart

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Horses fed
little girls
in bed
full moon
fuels
summer dreams

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(bernard hemensley * 2011 * writ over the 2 previous decades)

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4 a.m. - FIRST BIRD

aaahhh! just five in the morning and most of a new day still available to me. i have a rare visitor for lunch. There's alfalfa & broccoli sprouts, watercress, mixed salad leaves, spring onions (scallions!! as you americans love to call 'em),baby plum tomatoes, celery, basil tofu...Shall i bake fresh bread?...i think so...Make some "hommoss b'tahina"?(that is what "we" call it at "home", following the Arabic of my mother...The usual, in the anglo world, is just to say HOMMOSS! Well, the translation of HOMMOSS,is simply CHICKPEAS! Is that all "they" could manage!) The sun's rays are piercing the eastern horizon, between the houses opposite...no photo! If you follow my facebook, the memory card on my camera is full. Do not yet have a  replacement. Ho hum, another 4 thousand images in the pipeline...edited to maybe 100?
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"MONSIEUR NADO"

* Monsieur Nado, aka STINGY ARTIST, left his hermitage, this Sunday morning, for Radipole Lake @ 04.10 hrs.,on his bicycle. Soon it will be mid-summer's day. He intends to celebrate his late mother's birthday on this day. She will be 88. Her ashes still occupy a cardboard carton, as delivered by the undertaker, a few days after her cremation. Monsieur Nado is still on the look-out for a "proper" vessel, in which to honour those remains. A local potter, a Buddhist, did make "urns" for this purpose, but was indisposed at the time of his enquiry. So the ashes sit, these two years past, in Monsieur Nado's bedchamber, until something just as suitable can be found. Or, maybe he will scatter them at the Lake, where once they were mistaken for sweet-hearts, sitting together on a bench, viewing the lake's calm waters, from one of the quiet paths that intersect this Lake....tres "Jules et Jim"...or nouveau roman...in Monsieur Nado's imagination! M…

4 QUICKIES....

1.
remember snow?
wind-driven iciness?
not quite
a need for fire -
summer
after all.

     2.

what is it
about skin?
snow-white
in winter
that like
summer's
white roses
ache to blush
at the sun.

     3.

i remember my
mother told me
that she and
her sisters
would heave to
ease their mother's
ice-cream thighs
into corsets
shreaking
GELLATTY.
GELLATTY *
and laughing
and laughing.

(* ICE-CREAM. ICE-CREAM !)

     4.

no wish to
hex the weather
but summer's
green fields
so pleasantly-painted
by poets-of-the-past
more beautiful
mysterious
and precious
by far
under winter's
cloak of snow.

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(writen on bus - Weymouth/Dorchester return - friday 15th June 2012. Might work on 'em at later date BUT so busy to fit in any writing of poems lately, i planned to see what i could write on the journey. There was a fifth poem - about "hummingbird" - but it just did not come together for me....)

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birds may well have a better understanding of night and day...than i...

ENSO (last photo @ 04.55 hours on SEA WALL towards BOWLEAZE)
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