How to Relax

no point in pointing to the past
each momentum passes upon

in the space between
arriving & leaving you
learn to breathe

to breathe is
to fall
loose into mattresses
of surf
full of air

drift to shore
with the slow tide
as light as moon go
in the sky
and on the sea.

Sitting on the wooden bench under the lilac,
while Chloe plays in the age-old schoolyard,
Papa awaits the second coming, not knowing
what to expect, unable to recall the first coming.


  1. Lovely.

    Couldn’t help my Haiku obsession:

    every momentum
    passes upon coming in
    the spaces between

    as light as moon goes
    in the sky and on the sea
    with the slow tide drift

    1. Joe Linker says:

      Yes, the flow is there higher focused, which goes with / creates momentum. Good eye, good ear!

  2. That’s sweet and generous of you. Didn’t mean to change the perfection. Words fell instantaneous, like chiming chord.

    1. Joe Linker says:

      No worries. About moon go. I thought moon glow, the song, the moon, but I’ve used it, and the verb go here seemed better syntax and repetition of the how to do something theme.

  3. bristlehound says:

    “In the space between arriving & leaving you learn to breathe”
    Like the eye of a cyclone. All calm.
    It’s a strange and wonderful period. A sense of laying down and surrendering to the unconscious for just a moment.
    I sometimes sit on the beach dreaming my life away. Often there will be no seagulls as company. As a lonely single seagull arrives, I wonder if it is the first of many or the last of travelling mass.
    However history and future play out, I have embraced that special moment of nothing.
    Great work Joe – absolutely love this.B

    1. Joe Linker says:

      Thx b. Have spent many days on the beach with gulls!

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