That ought to have been my reaction

Poetry: No End (To The Endless Days)

Niet van der Zand
2 min readSep 7, 2020


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There was a tall house, with a small, boat tunnel beneath.

The shallow water had pebbles at its floor.

I had the idea to have a seat on the back wall, a place to sit, to watch the gentle waves lapping.

This was on the front cover of a book.

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Over the entrance to the tunnel were bullet-point messages; meant to help with ones life, or at least to the living thereof.

The meditation that followed was to do with difficulty.

First I saw the monkey walking towards me, as on that road in Scotland, beside the Buddhist monastery.

Then I thought of our counselling sessions.

That plain room, all birch and cream, with a bowl of beach pebbles, on the low beech table.

I could not settle to fix things at the time, but have since determined that I ought to have said:

That to give light, that to give love, that to give space.

That to listen to you, carefully, attentively, that ought to have been my reaction.



Niet van der Zand

words often hidden from ones inner self