Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker

Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker

One for Me; One for You, with Poem for Autumn

September 26, 2021

Sit back and relax into autumn in this guided meditation led by Julie Potiker. She completes the poem with a reading of, "Poem Beginning with a Line from It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", by Maggie Smith.

"Poem Beginning with a Line from It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," by Maggie Smith

Just look—nothing but sincerity 

as far as the eye can see—

the way the changed leaves,

flapping their yellow underbellies

in the wind, glitter. The tree

looks sequined wherever

the sun touches. Does anyone

not see it? Driving by a field

of spray-painted sheep, I think

the world is not all changed.

The air still ruffles wool

the way a mother’s hand

busies itself lovingly in the hair

of her small boy. The sun

lifts itself up, grows heavy

treading there then lets itself

off the hook. Just look at it

leaving—the sky a tiger eye

banded five kinds of gold

and bronze—and the sequin tree

shaking its spangles like a girl

on the high school drill team,

nothing but sincerity. It glitters

whether we’re looking or not.

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