Saturday, February 22, 2020

Make of yourself a mirror

Make of yourself a mirror

"Make of yourself a light"
Instructed the Buddha..with the
Voice of Mary Oliver..and
The fear of the crowd

Make of yourself a mirror
Stands as an alternate
Instruction..for our 
Question of  fear..

We seem to be a mirror 
Reflecting the world:
The world appearing as   
Fears and joys..

Might we polish and
Upgrade our mirror
To reflect our Experience
Of the infinite nature of
Our appearing world...?


“Make of yourself a light”
said the Buddha,
before he died.
I think of this every morning
as the east begins
to tear off its many clouds
of darkness, to send up the first
signal-a white fan
streaked with pink and violet,
even green.
An old man, he lay down
between two sala trees,
and he might have said anything,
knowing it was his final hour.
The light burns upward,
it thickens and settles over the fields.
Around him, the villagers gathered
and stretched forward to listen.
Even before the sun itself
hangs, disattached, in the blue air,
I am touched everywhere
by its ocean of yellow waves.
No doubt he thought of everything
that had happened in his difficult life.
And then I feel the sun itself
as it blazes over the hills,
like a million flowers on fire-
clearly I’m not needed,
yet I feel myself turning
into something of inexplicable value.
Slowly, beneath the branches,
he raised his head.

He looked into the faces of that frightened crowd.

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