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Carolyn Chilton Casas


I like this word,
not how it sounds, especially,
it’s impossible to pronounce,
for me at least,
and my spelling of it
never comes out right.
The meaning is what grabs me,
holds me spellbound—
just the thought that it’s possible
not to judge experiences
as good or bad,
joyful or causing pain.
Once, I searched my brain
for days trying to remember
this term, wanting to put it to use,
but it had been temporarily erased
from my mind’s hard drive.
When it showed its face on a page,
I was delighted to encounter the forgotten term;
of course, this occurred after
reaching an equanimous state
regarding whether I ever found it again.

© by Carolyn Chilton Casas.
Used with the author’s permission.

Carolyn Chilton Casas lives on the central coast of California. A Reiki Master and teacher, she often explores ways of healing in her writing. Carolyn's stories and poems have appeared in numerous publications and she is the author of one poetry collection, Our Shared Breath. A new collection, Under the Same Sky, is forthcoming. Carolyn enjoys hiking and beach volleyball; learn more about her on Instagram at mindfulpoet_ .


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Wonderful, and relatable!
Posted 03/15/2021 04:44 PM
Lori Levy:
Interesting contemplation expressed in this poem.
Posted 03/15/2021 02:25 PM
Kay N. Sanders:
I was just thinking earlier this morning that my current favorite word is "still." How wonderful to open this and find the favorite word of someone else--and so exquisitely expressed. I am with you all the way, Carolyn. Thank you.
Posted 03/15/2021 09:14 AM
Larry Schug:
Just saying aloud the word "equanimous" over and over brings on an equanimous state.
Posted 03/15/2021 08:43 AM
Now I must find my own reaching an equanimous state. But how?
Posted 03/15/2021 08:04 AM

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