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Poem for today by Pete Jardin

Arts Richmond

Online - 27 May 2020

Poem for today by Pete Jardin

Zen Painting

He stirs the paint with a chopstick

Slowly and steadily restoring its beauteous homogeneity

Inspects his brush, it’s clean and dry

And he addresses the panel that he is about to paint.


It’s a lost art, Zen.  The artistry of life.

Finding life-affirming fulfilment in the simplest of tasks

Emptying one’s mind and becoming the action itself

The moment becoming your entire universe


he is painting


through the window

by the panel

he can see into the garden


he smiles


rain is falling

Pete Jardin 

5th March 2020

Zen Painting

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