Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker

Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker

Tree and Garden in Your Mind, with poem, "The Breather", by Billy Collins

March 06, 2021

Take a journey into a garden, sit under a tree, and bring an umbrella -  because it might rain - as you listen to this guided meditation led by Julie Potiker. She completes the meditation with a reading of the poem," The Breather", by Billy Collins.


The Breather, by Billy Collins

Just as in the horror movies

when someone discovers that the phone calls

are coming from inside the house

so too, I realized

that our tender overlapping

has been taking place only inside me.

All that sweetness, the love and desire—

it’s just been me dialing myself

then following the ringing to another room

to find no one on the line,

well, sometimes a little breathing

but more often than not, nothing.

To think that all this time—

which would include the boat rides,

the airport embraces, and all the drinks—

it’s been only me and the two telephones,

the one on the wall in the kitchen

and the extension in the darkened guest room upstairs.


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