Mind Massage

By TropicalSnowstorm


An Indian Summer night surrounds me
as I walk down the narrow deck on Lake Anne.
It's very quiet tonight with the exception
of some crickets that think it's Spring
and the sound of my feet on the boards.
I grab a bench where I can stare
at the water and drink my over-priced
tea - not because it makes me
a better person, but because I like it.
The tea shop is run by a South American
of high breeding that can explain
the pedigree of every blend.
A tilt of the cup and warm flavours
dance across my tongue and waltz down
my throat as I look out over the ripples.

The lights of the condos that hang over the
banks cast orange and yellow strips in stray
patterns on the surface, which cause it to
sparkle and pulse like a living thing.
Here, all the senses can be massaged
by something that transcends and envelopes
the realms of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell.
This has become my favourite source of solace,
here on a hand crafted bench that overlooks a
man-made lake in a planned community
built over cow pastures and marsh.

An image floats free of Henry Thoreau seeking
aestheticism in a post-modern existentialist
age, where it is a lake, not a flooded field
of dung, merely because we believe that it is.
As I stretch my legs and inhale deeply,
I ponder all the hours of my life that
were sold for such simple pleasures as these,
which are essentially free and almost paid off.

-- Steve McKennon, 11/2001


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Published on Friday, January 4, 2002.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • carlosjackal On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, carlosjackal (1923)By person wrote:

    Such sweet musings in solace that are made...A wonderful record of a moment abroad and a mind broadened.

  • Arch and Breezeblock On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Arch and Breezeblock (86)By person wrote:

    haha, that last line, though... i liked this because it showed such a depth of awareness of what the moment is made of. felt like a mind massage to read, with the beautiful diction, and the slightly darker hints of realism and human perception vs. reality themes lingering under the surface... very calming, all the same, cheers!

  • BloodTwin On Sunday, January 11, 2015, BloodTwin (14)By person wrote:

    I like how simple it was but with how complex the meanings there were. Great write!

  • Magdalena On Sunday, June 22, 2014, Magdalena (976)By person wrote:

    All minds should have one of these and appreciate it just as you have here... An enchanting reverie you have inked.

  • Tattoo Goddess On Sunday, February 9, 2014, Tattoo Goddess (1287)By person wrote:

    I absolutely love the direct thought to appreciate our finer things in life. " A tilt of the cup and warm flavours  dance across my tongue and waltz down my throat as I look out over the ripples." This definitely set the mood for me. I, especially, love the proper English it flows beautifully, Storm.

  • italianbella On Wednesday, December 26, 2007, italianbella (190)By person wrote:

    you have some amazing talent this was a great read:)

  • Anth On Sunday, May 16, 2004, Anth (1150)By person wrote:

    what a mind massage to read this!! and find warmth in the reminded realisation of seeing beauty and heightening the senses in such free moments, free like reading your works(which id happily pay for)

  • Anth On Sunday, May 16, 2004, Anth (1150)By person wrote:

    and bask in the calm thoughts of what you see in the world around you and in a strange way...take us there

  • Cwn Annwn On Sunday, March 21, 2004, Cwn Annwn (94)By person wrote:

    Its like a slap across the face...an awakening of the senses...Anyways...Wonderful write!

  • A former member wrote: man you rock!

  • manywalks On Wednesday, March 26, 2003, manywalks (782)By person wrote:

    Beautiful as usual.

  • A former member wrote: This was wonderful. Awesome description and beautiful imagery. Loved it. C-ya.

  • darkness_descends On Monday, March 24, 2003, darkness_descends (13)By person wrote:

    You have beautifully philosophical mind. It is so refreshing in a time when idle minds are running rampant. Great write and much respect! ~Darkness~

  • Jonas On Tuesday, March 4, 2003, Jonas (759)By person wrote:

    cold nights i walk to find sights that sooth the mind... i believe i've been here before

  • liquid_emotion On Thursday, February 20, 2003, liquid_emotion (356)By person wrote:

    This poem was painted in my mind with sheer strokes of genious.

  • apophenia On Thursday, February 13, 2003, apophenia (40)By person wrote:

    hello, my lovely philosopher .... seems there are few left with appreciations such as yours ... glad to see a fellow wanderer in the finest sense of the word

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