All species appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real organisms, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
With a river of thoughts & feelings,
first realized, then accepted
a terrible joy experienced
in immature, semi-developed hearts & minds.
Immense gratitude welled-up
seeing and sensing awesome
colors, shapes, sounds
& other sensual pleasures.
Infant nervous systems
not feeling separate
from their natural origin of life,
yet, not feeling the same.
Thank you, thank you
heart/mind wordlessly expressed.
For so, so long
living at one
above the waters
from which they came,
with other brothers & sisters,
living & non-living.
Taking what was needed
to survive & sustain existence
for themselves & other beings.
With time & generational loss of memory
many of the 2 legged began fancying themselves
as the chosen and righteously dominant.
Chanting liberty and freedom
in the name of the all mighty
while polluting, deforesting, drilling, paving, over-fishing & more.
Mother Earth’s cries unheard
over sledgehammer’s song.
Freedom without responsibility
it would turn out
was not freedom at all
after truly tasting waters sustaining
their very existence, they came to their senses
at just milliseconds before midnight.
From then on
living with respect for each and everything
sacredly placed on their spinning, earthly garden.
An infectious disease, perhaps in the water
effecting everyone on earth
with the memory of their original love & interconnection.
Breathing, smiling they nurtured the good
and healed their wrong views & actions.
And everything lived happily
in one form
in the eternal stream.
Work is life only when done in mindfulness. Otherwise, one becomes like the person “who lives as though dead.”
We need to light our own torch in order to carry on. But the life of each one of us is connected with the life of those around us.
If we know how to live in mindfulness, if we know how to preserve and care for our own mind and heart then thanks to that our brothers and sisters will also know how to live in mindfulness.” ~Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Miracle of Mindfulness