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

Trudi Lee Richards, a poetic and musical member of the Universal Human Nation, is the author of On Wings of Intent, a biography of Silo; Soft Brushes with Death, a Jorge Espinet Primer; Confessions of Olivia, a fictional autobiography; and Fish Scribbles. She has also co-authored two books: Experiences on the Threshold and Ambrosia - Poetic Recipes/Recetas poeticas. Exactly two of her poems have been published by anyone other than her less-than-modest self: “The Great 21st Century Poemic" appeared in the April 2021 edition of Global Poemic (globalpoemic.wordpress.com); and "Fairies of the Forest" appeared in the Palo Alto Times "Youth Said It" column in 1957. In the '90s she also wrote for, edited and published an independent San Francisco newspaper, Human Future; and in the '70s she co-founded the San Francisco arts publication La Mamelle, which morphed into Art Com before it died, and whose remnants are now housed in the Stanford Archives. A graduate of Stanford University, she helped raise several humans from infancy, and is now enjoying their friendship. Currently she tends to wander between Oregon and California, enjoying the company of her beloved community of friends and family. She can more or less reliably be found at the west coast Park of Study and Reflection, outside Red Bluff in Northern California, on the third Saturday of every month.