A Time to Lie Fallow

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Fallow fields

Lie empty

Under an enormous sky

Feelings roll

Like crashing waves

Stabbing my breath 

With the pain

Of insignificance

Fallow fields 

Lie empty

Under a generous sky

Stepping out 

Of my heart

To go walking

Over the hills

Inquest of the Truth

For the secret

Of fallow fields

Is Fertility.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2016

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“You’re going to pass something down no matter what you do or if you do nothing. Even if you let yourself go fallow. The weeds will grow and the brambles. Something will grow.” ~ John Steinbeck

“None of us can maintain the fertility of our beings without renewal.” ~Deng Ming-Dao

 

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Autumn Feathers

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Seeds of feathers

Gracious and yielding

Whose yesterdays

Unknown to the eye

Tenderly brush across

 Hidden surfaces

Of Awareness

Towards

Love.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

 

The Formlessness of Impermanence

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Mists of divine thought

Formless pools of heaven

Presence in each breath

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

“Clouds are formless manifestations of water in gaseous form. Since clouds are water we must understand that water represents very powerful emotion able to create or to destroy, and either or, in creation and in death water remains fluid, it never becomes fixed.”

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“Clouds are the mists of heaven and earth which represent the divine thought of “God” coming forth from source with great desire to manifest the unmanifest. In this we know that when we observe the formlessness of clouds in continual shift of movement and shape, it is as if we are looking into the pools of heaven, the sky, and seeing the universal possibilities of thought, movement and form.”

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“Clouds represent divinity, pure thought and pure being, emptiness and everything. Clouds are creations of polar opposites existing as one in such a freedom of being they never become fixed in form, just like the flow of water clouds tell us to be free from everything yet as pure as divinity.”

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“Clouds are dreams that make us ponder everything we don’t understand but are designed to search out. Therefore clouds are creations way of telling us never to settle in one thing or another because in doing so we become fixed and fixed objects always resist the natural flow of universal fluidity.”

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“Be like a cloud, free and in heaven always shifting form and always moving through the skies of infinite space and timeless wisdom. To see and contemplate the clouds is to learn oneself just as it is in all of the elements of nature.”

-by the Community

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*This excerpt was taken from: http://www.answers.com/Q/What_do_clouds_symbolize

*photos by moi, except the calligraphy of Thich Nhat Hahn taken from https://thecompassionategardener.wordpress.com/2015/08/29/clouds-never-die/

The Receptivity of Being Empty

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I want to make myself an empty room:

Quiet whitewashed walls with slant sunshine

And a fresh breeze through open windows.

Some days are extremely fluid, and all possible courses of action are equally attractive. Rather than do something arbitrary, it is far better to empty oneself completely. Then the more subtle currents of life may be felt. One should avoid the mistake of random action.

Arbitrary action will most likely be out of accord with the times. It is artificial, a structure that we impose from our own thought. Such movements are invariably stilted and wooden; they do not have the fresh perfection of the natural.

We do not have enough peace. Yet peace will never be attained by perpetual action. Stirred water never has the chance to settle clear. A tree buffeted by winds can never grow straight. Give up all unnecessary activity. Give up all arbitrary actions. Make yourself receptive. The peace that you seek shall be quickly at hand.

-Deng Ming-Dao

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*photos in order of appearance:

girl with light, http://vestidoslindosatelier.tumblr.com/post/42690429819

window with curtain, by Alan: https://www.flickr.com/photos/weardaleone/2728024132/

Simple Summer Pleasures

bike riding

Riding like the wind

Past vineyards and wooded paths

Inner child giggles

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

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Clouds through my heart space

Patches of blue emptiness

Summer letting go 

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

tiptoeing through the daisies

Daisies laugh out loud

In fiendish summer delight

Tickling tip toes

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

*1st photo by Pörrö, https://www.flickr.com/photos/pesis

2nd photo from: http://blonde-waves-long-summer-days.tumblr.com/post/73479430372

3rd photo by Kate Anderson,

https://www.flickr.com/photos/34758720@N05/6730215645/in/photostream/

Self Exploration

antique bottles

Want ripped a hole

Into the pocket 

Of my life

I lost a lot 

Of energy

To the nickels

And dimes

Of dramatic emotion

Now I empty

My pockets

Everyday

So that 

I can be free

To explore

My true nature

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

*photo found on  

https://www.etsy.com/shop/leapinggazelle?ref=unav_listing-r

Becoming Rain

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the tears

i shed

yesterday

have become

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“In one of my former lives I was a cloud. The cloud had a nice time in the sky, travelling around and looking down. A cloud is sometimes transformed into rain, and when the rain comes, the cloud isn’t scared to death. The cloud knows that the rain is something very exciting too. So, instead of crying, the cloud begins to sing and becomes the rain falling on fields and into the rivers.”

“If we look deeply we see that the nature of a cloud is also the nature of no birth: The cloud does not come from nothing. It has come from the water in the river and ocean. It has come from the heat of the sunshine. You know that the birth of a cloud is a poetic image. The cloud is simply a new manifestation. Before being a cloud, the cloud has been many other things. Our true nature is the nature of no birth and no death. Birth and death are notions that cannot be applied to reality, because there is nothing that can be born from nothing, and there is nothing that can become nothing at all. The meditation practice of looking deeply will bring about insight. It will dissipate our fear and our despair.”

-Thich Nhat Hahn

*art by Omer Agam (digital artist and graphic designer)