Witness

Sit with the here, the what is.
Not in a past, now only living
in a memory. Nor an
imaginary future where eating
a pastel de nata is an obsession.

All of this takes you away.

Here, witness
whatever arises.

The unusual, the unpredictable.
Yes, I know it comes on a wave,
even the horrific.

Another shooting, women being
handcuffed to the ground.
The nagging hip pain.

Being here you no longer need to be
confined to what should be.

Staying in the present
a lot is happening under the skin.
Get to listen to the conversation.
Not the should have beens.

Imagine being
in a room with
no doors or windows,
looking for an exit.

Start with feeling, listen to your body.
What’s it like to be you?


I can’t help but feel grateful for those massively wiser than myself who, because of technology, have opened me to a wider vista of understandings, of light. In the commonplace, we reach awareness. Their observations and meditations have shaped this piece. This is entirely inspired outside of myself. Thanks to Gautam Sachdeva and John Tarrant Roshi.


© 2021 Copyright Rick Frame

2 thoughts on “Witness

  1. Very stirring, thought-provoking, and beautifully expressed. The ending is so powerful to me, especially poignant, that I had to read it twice. Brilliant and evocative work!

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