96 Hours In

I’m no ******* Buddha,
that’s for sure.

Legend has it that
he meditated and fasted for months 

at a time. After one moment he stopped.
For me, a meager four days in,

that feat might as well be like going to Mars
in a paraglider. And my seatbelt is too tight.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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