Silent as Dust Falling

For the Tuesday Platform at Real Toads.

Silent as Dust Falling
“Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom…is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go. -Anthony Bourdain”

I lay on the sand
gazing up at the stars.
No ambient light –
just the stars above me.
I realize that when I am wiser
I will seek out these places of solitude,
the bowl of simple noodles in broth,
the tree in the middle of the forest.
I will find peace in the stars above me,
peace in the loneliness of the desert,
peace in the middle of the noisy rowdy city.
Listening to the waves whispering
is the only music I need –
The rain tapping the leaves,
the snow falling silent as dust,
the leaf falling from the tree,
the songs the stars sing as they travel through the darkness,
I breathe deeply, quietly
not wanting to disturb the music.

copyright kanzensakura

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sherry Marr
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 14:54:58

    This is such gorgeous writing, Toni, each image so beautiful.


  2. Jo
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 15:32:16

    Wonderful writing – I especially liked your last line!


  3. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 15:56:13

    Oh the gift of sience so expressively shown in these images. Thank you, Toni.


    • kanzensakura
      Jul 10, 2018 @ 17:28:00

      Thank you Victoria. Tony’s death affected me deeply. Shay and I are having a chat tomorrow on Real Toads.

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  4. Carrie Van Horn
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 16:03:03

    It is the little things where we can find our biggest joys. This is lovely Toni!


  5. Jim
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 17:43:31

    Things we respect more because we know so little. One of our hopes while we wonder/wander is that when we do come to the end is to know what it has all been about. Lovely writing Toni, from the heart it seems.


  6. willow88switches
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 18:05:40

    there is a wonderfully profound simplicity in this – the embracing of how little we know and understand – yet gleaning that we need to stop, to remember, to let the dross of life fall away – and be silent witness and let the natural music and wonder fill our souls – again –

    this is rich for the tasting, of the senses, of slipping into breath – truly reflective of a calmer place, state of mind – of spirit – where sometimes, we have to stop seeking, running, searching, and just accept – we will never have all the answers, and sometimes, the truth in the beauty is learning to just let it be – to release –

    I feel very relaxed having sat with this writing – as if you’ve offered me this wonderful gift – sharing the images, the spaces and of being able to just sit back and say, quietly “yes” –

    thank you Toni 🙂


  7. purplepeninportland
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 20:17:47

    This had a quality that captured me, and slowed those racing heartbeats. A lovely poem of importance, with a perfect ending.


  8. thotpurge
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 22:33:05

    Wise thoughts, Toni.


  9. Magaly Guerrero
    Jul 11, 2018 @ 00:19:49

    Nature offers the best music, the gentlest of serenatas… And learning to appreciate this gift, to find peace in all the versions… is wisdom indeed.


  10. mhmp77
    Jul 11, 2018 @ 04:31:15


    I breathe deeply, quietly
    not wanting to disturb the music.

    The peace and tranquility is to be duly respected to garner the best benefit! Agreed Toni!



  11. annell4
    Jul 11, 2018 @ 08:34:57

    I love your title, who would think of the sound of dust? I think only you! the poem is beautiful!


  12. Kerry
    Jul 11, 2018 @ 13:13:40

    It takes a special ear to hear the songs of the stars. This is such a fulfilling read, Toni.


  13. Vivian Zems
    Jul 11, 2018 @ 16:01:49

    Aaaah! Peace…. you took me to those places😊


  14. coalblack
    Jul 12, 2018 @ 07:10:25

    In my experience, peace is an elusive thing. You’ve expressed its hiding places so well here, Toni. When i find it, when it’s really fully present for me in a given moment, I am conscious of it and grateful. It never stays, but it always returns.


  15. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Jul 14, 2018 @ 04:17:57

    Oh, that is just gorgeous! Beautiful writing, Toni.


  16. MrsBednar
    Jul 17, 2018 @ 16:08:13



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