“A Moment of Zen” Poem of the Day (2022)

A Moment of Zen

By Ashley O’Hare

When the clouds roll in

and the grass is coated in dew

you’ll find me on the front porch;

a book in one hand, tea in the other.

Photos cannot completely capture

the moment my stress evaporates.

It happens subtly— a gradual release of pressure.

Relaxation cannot be quantified or measured.

I cannot simply store my worries in crates.

I can strive to ignore things that bring no pleasure,

but the process makes my mind bothered.

So I destroy the bad memories with a torch,

hoping with all my heart to forget you

and soak up my moment of zen.

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