Don’t Worry





Don’t worry
If you are not
Where you want
To go.

If I say ‘‘empathy’’
Does your heart
A few old scales?

If a dog
Happens to dance
A prayer for food
Do your eyes gleam?

I don’t know
My multiplication tables
But I can remind you
If you lost your song.

No longer do I ask
“Am I good enough?”
I AM which is
Indeed all there is.

I saw two black birds
Dipping and veering.
I gave them my attention.

That’s as good
As it gets I think;
Pay attention.
No expectation.

There is
No wrong road
You follow someone else’s.

Dipping and veering
In the hall of mirrors
Is the cost
Of character.

I’ve paid my dues
And then some
For the privilege
To know nothing.


-Cathy Aten


8 Responses to “Don’t Worry”

  1. Irene on December 31st, 2015

    This is a perfect reminder for year’s end. In the month since I’ve moved to Sedona, I’m learning to just BE from the ancient red rocks, hug cats and loved ones, and forget the rest. Wishing you peace and joy in 2016.


  2. David Green on December 31st, 2015

    Magnificent poem. Love

  3. David Green on December 31st, 2015

    Magnificent poem. Before zen training existed there were poets like you to light the way.

  4. Pam on December 31st, 2015

    Such a wonderful gift in which to end one year and begin another: every day. Thank you, Cathy! Much love to you, Pam.

  5. gerry harty on December 31st, 2015

    Thank you so much Cathy.This filled my soul.Happy New Year to you dear friend.xoxo Gerry

  6. Donna Harvey on January 1st, 2016

    Bang! ooxxD

  7. laura Hegfield on January 2nd, 2016

    Cathy, this is it… this is all… the content of contentment.

  8. Alexandra Eldridge on January 7th, 2016

    OMG, Kathy….what an amazing poem! This needs to be read by the world! Thank you!!

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