Kindling and Spark

Burning so brightly
And burning nightly
Is burning hardly
If not done smartly.


You could enjoy this very moment all the things you are praying to reach by taking the long way around–if you’d stop depriving yourself of them.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 12.1


I only filled it when it cracked,
I only added when it lacked,
I only cured after disease,
And it left me feeling pleased.

But all of these new crucial skills
Were not worth the irreversibill,
The cost of waiting for their breaking,
Not prefending to shape their making.


At war with your want for more
Your calm will best found
By pursuing nothing else
Than the scantest, barest ground.

By seeking out your minimum
You maximum your freedom.
By focusing on acting,
You overcome your lacking.

And by standing antithetical
To the theoretical
They’ll want you beyond their border
Because you think outside their order.