Chemo MindfulnessNow my mind is slowed
in thought, in memory,
in remembering location
Here is the gap that mindfulness
teaches, where karma stops,
pauses, offers a new path
there was none.
I have been offered this gift, gratis.
Others have struggled for years
on and off the cushion to find.
To whom or what do I give thanks?
Jeffrey L. Taylor's first submitted poems won 1st place and runner-up in Riff Magazine's 1994 Jazz and Blues Poetry Contest. Encouraged, he continues to write. Serving as sensei (instructor) to small children and professor to graduate students has taught him humility.