“Views from the Cushion,” “Passive Aggressive Origin Story,” and “X-Ray Yoga Vision”

In Poetry by Robert Eugene Rubino

“Views from the Cushion,” “Passive Aggressive Origin Story,” and “X-Ray Yoga Vision”
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Views from the Cushion

(Before Meditating)

Doorway into adjoining room’s debris

boxes blankets pillows piled in childless crib

window fence smokeless chimney lifeless tree

its branches as bleak as a hopeless soul.

(After Meditating)

Doorway into adjoining room and beyond

floor ceiling repurposed crib overflowing

window-frame window weathered wooden fence

pyramid chimney’s rust-colored bricks

leafless tree’s branches hailing hope

like a newborn’s soul or an old soul cleansed

plump solitary raindrop long after the storm

boldly holding onto bare brown branch

clinging clinging ferocious in its fragility.

Passive Aggressive Origin Story

Being a small skinny sensitive introverted

sharp-eyed clear-eared quick-study

obsessively observant five-year-old

...

getting tossed like a rag doll crashing into doors onto floors

...

getting tossed like a rag doll by a loved one

by a malodorous muscular bespectacled hairy giant

but a loved one nonetheless

...

Getting tossed like a rag doll

by an otherwise selfless affectionate

good-humored hard-working patient parent

whose demons of temper and high school-dropout shame

rarely rarely only rarely rear

their gargoyle heads their garlic breath

their gargled roar their vise-grip hands

...

Being a small skinny sensitive introverted

sharp-eyed clear-eared quick-study

obsessively observant five-year-old

getting tossed like a rag doll crashing into doors onto floors

plotting survival strategies

— some same day some years later

...

strategies of cognitive dissonance

serenely holding tenderness & trauma as softly

as a nothing-but-time Zen master subsisting

on nothing but twinkling twinkling little stars of insight

...

strategies of too-clever-by-half sesquipedalian debate

...

strategies of bald-faced bold-faced straight-faced false witness

...

strategies of personal private oh-so-private guerrilla warfare.

X-Ray Yoga Vision

Yesterday’s sun salutation

still salutes shy sun’s oh-so slight slice of light

no matter no matter at all

that day’s done that day’s lain tracks into infinity.

Today’s sun salutation

its secret super power so delightful so insightful

stares straight through plaster ceilings high and low

stares calmly cooly seeing

the unseen sun lambent behind seething overcast.

Tomorrow’s sun salutation

shall lean back way back back bending

breathing stretching stretching breathing

palms pressing raised arms reaching up reaching back

closed eyes seeking rays of hope

closed eyes open greeting rays of joy.

About the Author

Robert Eugene Rubino

Robert Eugene Rubino is he author of three collections: "Aficionado" (Humming Word Press); "Vanity Unfair" (Cathexis Northwest Press); and "Douglas Knocks Out Tyson" (UnCollected Press). He's old enough to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis and smart enough to solve the New York Times crossword puzzle on Mondays (other days not so much). He lives in Northern California.