The flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil sets off a tornado in Texas ~Edward Lorenz, on Chaos Theory
Outstretched wings elegantly flap
intending gentle water landing.
Initially smooth feet glide
then, this goosey bottom’s bam-slam
breaks the peaceful surface stillness.
Despite best intentions, can’t deny
it was me who created the wave,
as the universe is always looking.
Cognizant that thoughts, words & actions
always produce the fruit of karma
nudges me to take responsibility
employing the view that
everything is interconnected.
Nurturing thoughts of caring,
love, forgiveness & healing
support words spoken authentically
& actions confirming thought’s purpose.
Looking around seeing ripples
of anger,fear & delusion
nearly impossible to miss
as they shatter through bedrock
troubling the waters, above & below.
All living things threatened
by subsequent tsunamis & debris
created by mind’s continuation
of ancestral cycles of hurts, insecurities & disconnection.
Flapping these somewhat awkward
large wings above the water
hoping that their breeze’s energy
will be as gentle as butterfly’s.
Offering calm heart’s
deep, slow breaths
upon mostly still ponds
that their ripples may provide peaceful refuge
to myself & those who meet them
whether near or far
in time & space.