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September 1, 2014

death to white
funeral held oceanside
closets cleaned out

© Amanda Stemen – 2014

August 31, 2014

light reflects through screen
attempt at the outside world
ultimate design

© Amanda Stemen – 2014

Secrets of True Happiness (2012)

This was another short book of poems by the same author who wrote Buddha in Blue Jeans. I was struck by the emphasis on forgetting oneself as one of the main points of the book. 219 more words


Sudden Satori


Time stopped

sounds were silent

in an endless vast space

Ah, I was reborn.




In the eternally still sea

over and over

ripples briefly rise up

and permanently settle back down.



Do you have a personal moral code?

Something I think a lot about is becoming the kind of person I want to be. A lot of people spend time thinking about regret- what they could have or should have or wish they had known. 838 more words

Frugal Living


Suffering comes from thought, he says

from attachment and desire in a

world of impermanence.


Why then, I ask, do I suffer when I

have no thought, no desire, but… 124 more words