The days

The world being what it is
and me being who I am …
how could I prevent some of those mishaps?
Left without sleep and wishing better days,
lingering over the spilled milk
some days I cannot help but reflect
about what makes a day without blame.
But upon deeper thought I then realize
that such would merely be a passable day
not a worthy goal, perhaps even a lame one,
completely unlike a great day,
one in which I gracefully deflect attacks
tuning my mouth to the wisdom I grew inside,
guarding myself against my own wrath
and practicing that higher living art,
where in spite of noise, greed and lies
I remain aware, joyous and wise,
genuinely faithful to myself
positive, constructive and calm,
amidst a world that has gone severely mad.

Marcus Antoninus

Principles

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There is theory,
and there is practice.
All these years struggling
to pursue a life
with some high principles
compatible.
What have I learned?
Theory without practice
is just a phantom rainbow.
Forget all empty speech,
be joyful and kind,
make no harm,
forgive and forget,
and just live.

Marcus Antoninus

Ultimate wish

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content with the bare essentials
wanting nothing beyond enough
in this my only life
I chose to spend my days with joy
working without pretension
to bequeath a better world
is since long my one and only goal
and when that last day comes,
Mother Nature,
I will yield to your timely call
and at once without looking back
I will gladly return to you.

Marcus Antoninus

Winter serenity

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Winter came early without warning
As I moved to this new place
My present is not what I planned long ago
Life always beautiful but sometimes absurd
Why worry about what the future might bring?
I just keep sowing the wise seeds
Trusting the generosity of Nature
Her ways I follow and observe
How could She ever dissapoint me?

Marcus Antoninus

Morning prayer (V)

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Oh joyful Sun!
let your tranquil warmth
inspire me today
to remain calm
mindful and aware
of those lofty thoughts
those deep insights
born and raised
out of inner peace
and earnest reflection
so deep, so true
but so fragile and volatile
dear Sun inspire me
to keep them by my side
when I need them most
in the daily grind of life
in the midst of works and toil.

Marcus Antoninus

Sowing the good seeds

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such is the wonder of life
that wherever we are
in whatever we do
whatever we plant will grow
whatever we give will come back
nor matter if good or bad!
think then twice in calm
before both speech and act
that we harvest what we sow
and there is often no way back

Marcus Antoninus