Poetry  July 2014 | issue 463

Nobody Fails At Meditation

by Michael Bazzett

Michael Bazzett’s poetry collection You Must Remember This was published in fall 2014. He lives with his wife and two children in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Nobody fails at meditation
like I do.

They say,
Note the arrival of thoughts

and allow them to pass through
like clouds crossing a summer sky.

Let judgment go.

But one cloud
is always running

like a woman with a torn dress,

the wind pressing its folds
against her body,

and I suddenly wish
to wheel around on my horse

and thunder back to the farmhouse,
spattering her white frock

with mud as I swing from the saddle
into her trembling arms.