I was walking while reading
because this had been recommended,…
actually more like required reading
rather than too much blindly reading
while passively impassively sitting through
Earth-reflective stalking exercises
For improving body health
and soul wealth,
Not that these are really two different things,
detached from some primal relationship,
but more like…
Yang walk and Yin listen,
and leftbrain secular dominant
and rightbrain sacred prominent
and interdependent eco-webbed to play
jazz improvised walking dances
soulfully reading gospel flung
while sung meditation opportunities.
Barbie and Ken are driving south on Route 8,
talking about stuff
they usually get stuck with talking about
and occasionally even all the way through
each other’s emotional intelligence.
Talking about things like stocks and bonds.
Who stole the food stocks
from the kitchen
and who is out on bond
When suddenly Barbie noticed me:
a guy who can both walk and read
and do them coincidentally!”
“Well, dear, I can walk and read at the same time,
but would you live to tell of it,
here on Route 8,
north or south?
Walk and read meditation
is not as GoldenRule easy
as walking through your own backyard
while chewing gum.
I wonder what he’s reading.”
“Why would that be a question
a normal person might think to randomly ask?
Do you wonder what every reading person you pass
may or may not
could or could not
should or should not
Just the ones who pass me by without wonder
or the slightest hint of mutual awe.”
Readers while walking are exceptions
to my active/passive curiosity rule.
Would you like to turn around
so I can ask him
what he’s reading?”
“No, playful and curious.”
“Does reading while walking appeal to you
in some warm and fuzzy sensory way?”
Depends on what you’re reading.”
“Should I be feeling threatened right now?”
“Only if win/lose feels like a healthy
and holonically integral
noetic intelligence choice, Ken.”
“What would choice have to do with feeling threatened
or holistically supported?
And did those words
just come out of my mouth
in that order?”
“No worries, dear.
You can’t help your yang leftbrain autonomous-deluded self,
but we can
together ask him:
“Do you see anyone else around?”
“Well, this river birch birthed right here,
and that crab grass.
You would be surprised how many people scream at crabgrass.”
“No, I wouldn’t honey;
But probably not anything about ‘excuse me, please.’
Ken and I want to know what you’re reading.”
you just drove down Route 8 south,
saw me walking while reading, going north,
turned around near the cemetery
to drive back north
to ask me what I’m reading?
And people think I’m nuts….
Thich Nhat Hanh,
I’m reading his gospel for compassionate walking
and wellness reading while listening
to sensory-emotive intelligence,
through non-violent nutritiously regenerative communication;
Which makes him a little difficult to grasp
while motorists shout ‘Excuse Me!’
Which I had hoped was an apology for exhausting our air
until another Ken,
when I responded ‘Namaste, no worries’
Said he wasn’t talking to me
but to another Barbie
not regeneratively listening
in his patriarchal sports car.”
Barbie asked me
if I could give her a brief unchoreographed review
of secular walking while sacred listening
to internal left with right
win/win healthier climate conversations.
“I don’t think so,
and my feet and legs and arms and voice
aren’t feelin’ it at all.”
So then she and Ken invited themselves
to leave their car,
or was it a tank?
to walk with me
while reading aloud.
We’re still timelessly traveling along
while reading and listening
Sometimes advocating against
measured in stocks and bonds,
and recreatively researching self
with other cooperative wealth
measured in health
on our revolving while sacredly listening
Restoring win/win justice
while Gaian Goddess feels
polyculturing integral ZeroZoned
and instructed bilateral co-passion,
Universally timeless yang walking
while unitingly eternal yin reading
democratic climates of health
and kleptocratic pathology.
we were walking while reading
because this had been recommended…