Men, wearing suits, practicing mindfulness..?
Maybe at a funeral
Not in the boardroom.
Full of dead wood and deader souls
Facemasks and undercover moles
Powersuits and fingerpuppets.
Sharks circling dogs with their backs to each other. Snarling
These Suits — the straitjackets of the west.
Desolation to desecration
Death beds crawling with regret, humiliation.
Are you done?
There’s another boardroom
Where your suits are for practicing this thing, mindfulness.
The fins are sharkless
You can take your leash off whenever you like.
No dogs here
Well, most of the time.
Mindfulness is a must to find it. Even if it’s through the back door.
These suits — mystical portals of the coast.
Sanctuary to sanctuary
And when your time’s up. Go humble, content.
Do you know both of these?
Do you tessellate between tension and expansion?
Tension is winning
It’s bandaids and broken hearts
Some bite marks and fin chops never heal.
Each day, finding yourself further and further…
Away from the waves.
Note to the readers:
A few of my dear musical brothers are with me whenever I’m out surfing. One of them is Billy Otto and his song ‘Waves’ inspired this piece.
Waves means many things to me and like waves, changes from day to day.
The other arvo when I was surfing, the meaning morphed again as I remembered a business mentoring day I attended a few years ago.
Full of men and women in powersuits with seemingly great intentions.
I was sat in my thongs, shorts and party shirt.
I felt out of place, not the first time, so it was cool.
The MC, who seemed to be a pretty nice fella, was fully clad in a suit and teaching us mindfulness.
All I could think about was how tight his tie looked around his throat.
And the vision came back to me mid-surf.
By the way,
I’m well aware that poetry doesn’t need an explanation. I just really wanted to share brother Billy’s song and also that in my experience, and I’m sure many others, songs change shape and meaning for us over and over again.
A portal for understanding ourselves, each other, and all of the magical things around us. Everything breathes.
Plus you should check out his music ;)