I have discovered that if I must, I can tie myself to the mast, and not give in to fruitless thinking about matters I cannot resolve. This works, as long as I do not give in, but stay single-heartedly in my center. 

I go to sleep determined to stay thus fixed, like Ulysses, looking neither right nor left, as the sirens of my thoughts wail around me…

Just before 3am I wake to find everything simmering in peace. I open the window and lean out into the cold, wet dark filled with sparkles. Everything is suspended, life humming and dreaming in intimate, perfect peace. The silence holds everything and all life in its hands, an empty chalice simmering, simmering with stillness…

After a long time I close the window and sit, taking in my room, the lights and shadows, the pictures on the walls, the things of my everyday existence, everything still and at peace. For a long, long time I sit, not wanting to break the sweet, humming silence…

Peace at 3 a.m.

Trudi Lee Richards

Trudi Lee Richards, a poet-bard of Silo’s Message, is the author of "Confessions of Olivia"; "On Wings of Intent, a biography of Silo"; "Soft Brushes with Death"; and "Experiences on the Threshold." Exactly two of her poems have ever been published: "Fairies of the Forest," which appeared in the Palo Alto Times "Youth Said It" column in 1957, and "The Great 21st Century Poemic," which appeared in the April 2021 edition of Global Poemic (globalpoemic.wordpress.com). She also edited and published the independent San Francisco newspaper "Human Future" from 1989-1997, and before that co-founded "La Mamelle," a '70s San Francisco arts publication. A graduate of Stanford University, she helped raise several humans from infancy, and is now enjoying their friendship. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.