Into The Looking Glass

“If your heart were sincere and upright, every creature would be unto you a looking-glass of life and a book of holy doctrine.” ~Thomas A. Kempis

In the morning, reconnoiter before
the insolent mirror to consult. More
compassion is required. I look deep
outré in my inspection. Beauty sleep

and REM dreams, tuning electricity,
asking before I judge: how is this me?
A kitten purrs drowsy above my head.
The earth is quickening in spring. I’m led

by waves of creativity, inspired
to clean this fractal in which I am mired.
The coherent reflection sings to me
welcoming the shadows I no longer flee.

Inspired by: Insolent, Consult, Outré and Reconnoiter.

A Point On Which The Soul May Fix

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?~Matthew

Like a stalwart engineer in Pisa
studies lean, adept in kinesthesia
and dynamic soil structure, keen to fix
the problems I perceive in piles of bricks

I retreat to my tower, meditate
–the wounded healer theme to integrate.
In brevity’s honor, I’ll simply say
these planks in my eyes will show me the way.

Inspired by: Retreat, Brevity, Stalwart and Theme.

Featured image: the implode effect on an image of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Title from a quote by Mary Shelley about calming the monkey mind: “Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.”