Here, In This Flow

The turtles go
out of their water
this time of year,

slow on roadways,
slow to mating

or slow to dates
with car tires.

No, there’s no
there’s no one

there. (That’s
Buddhism 101
each day teaches.)

No, there’s no
there’s no one

there. Only

Lost in this
movement I rub
the cat’s head,

a black cat, a warm,
cloudy morning.

There’ no cat.
There’s no I. There’s

only purring,
this congeries
of movement

to movement–
to car tires,
to this ache

of loss
and fulfillment
in each instant.

There is
this flow
only to be

and savored.

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About David Breeden

The Rev. Dr. David Breeden is Senior Minister at First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He became a minister after a career as a university professor, teaching creative writing and literature. He has written several books on theological topics and translates the writings of philosophers of classical antiquity. More information is available at