Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Shakespeare so eloquently stated,
"To die, to sleep; to sleep: perchance 
to dream; ay, there's the rub." Hamlet.
"the innocent sleep, sleep, that knits 
Up the ravell'd sleave of care." Macbeth.

In orbit, we follow predetermined paths,
Yet, ALSO accompanied by free will,
We forge unique AND repeated patterns.

Said before, AND worth repeating:
Sufficiently facilitated, bodies heal
Themselves, as do all psyches.

Like plants, given sufficient soil,
Water, and light, we grow upward,
Even after various obstructions.

"Sufficiently facilitated:" challenging
AND simultaneously uncomplicated:
Cooperate AND get out of the way.

To stand with, to accompany, to attune:
Useful and fruitful tactics, ALONG WITH
Active engagement with self AND world.

Seemingly contradictive, yet generatively
True AND simultaneously ubiquitous;
Opposites AND essential companions.

Necessary coupling of active AND passive
Modes of healing and rejuvenation, employing
Conscious AND unconscious partners.

As my mind and body recuperate from
Recent essential interventions, along
With current reparative medication,

I take both active AND stand-aside stances:
I cooperate by providing food and exercise
And sleep and productive work endeavors.

Yet the balance, the equilibrium, the alert calm--
All necessary AND yet difficult to maintain and
Sustain--the continuing and constant goal.

Even just now, awake in middle of night,
With words needing to be written down:
Competing yet cooperating needs AND wants:

Create AND regenerate. Facilitate AND relax.
Stand aside AND be alert. Relax AND reset.
Sleep AND dream. Sleep AND repair.

Ann Beth Blake
(c) December 4, 2013

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