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What Mindfulness Misses


What mindfulness misses:

the fork.

Not the one in the road,

but the one in your hand.

Mindfully eating,

you note

the food brought to mouth

chewed slowly,

fully savored.

What happened to the fork?

And to your backside

pressing against your seat?

And all else?

What is it that is happening,


that mindfulness –

focused on some particular thing

or process –

utterly fails to grasp?

(Every act of attention 

a fork in the road,

one path taken,

another not.)

What of the totality

of this very occasion,

the totality

of inter-penetrations

and non-obstructions


without witness

or self-awareness?

How is this expressed?

Gulp, it’s swallowed whole.


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