Diana Raab

According to Buddhism

In yesterday’s newspaper

they theorized how sex and anger

are the mind’s two greatest distractions.

The next section said how

each of us gravitates to one or the other.

I paused. What was my pull?

In actuality, I do not think

much about sex and there is no place for anger.

What does all this mean?

I am not really sure.

Zen Thoughts

Today, a hike in Sedona

brought seductive scenery

into my enlightenment–

a sky as blue as our ocean,

and as wide as obesity.

Yesterday I met with someone not seen in years

laden with stories woven with petit memories.

For five hours we roamed Sedona’s hills

weaving through falling red rocks and once running rivers

and all I remember is my long dialogue with silence.

On the table outside my writing studio,

I stare at more hills contemplating my next words

as I realize that within

my head lies a fertile literary terrain.

Last weekend I went to a fashion show in New York

with my middle daughter and in the theater’s front row

sat the Vogue editor and I thought, “The Devil Wears a Poem.”

At home, my Hopper painting on its office wall

pushes the most creative words out of me

something about the view from a train window

which is like a notebook for the eyes.

Good poems, like good fiction need a problem

solved, but on some days the jar is replete

of problems in the midst of sleeping answers.

In Singapore, the reclaimed city

twenty-six miles long and three cultures wide,

on some twenty-seventh floor

I sip green tea admiring and tasting the beauty.

Yesterday’s teahouse brought a Zen calm

in a different sort of way

unlike the tea in my own kitchen.

Some things cannot be explained

but can certainly be enjoyed.

Diana Raab, Ph.D., is a memoirist, blogger, psychologist, workshop leader, thought provoker, and award-winning author of 8 books and over 500 articles and published poems. Her passion and expertise is writing for healing, transformation and empowerment. She has been writing since the age of 10 when her mother gave her her first journal to cope with her grandmother’s suicide. She blogs for Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, BrainSpeak, and PsychAlive. For more information, visit: www.dianaraab.com.