gently lies with not
such as beauty.
Blooms burst out, aware of their
emptiness of separate selves.
And yet naturally awake of being
completely filled with non-flower ingredients,
namely, stars, universe & miracles.
Not too long ago,
or that far into the future
visual signs of blooms appear absent
except to those exhibiting wisdom
of looking deeply, seeing
our ancestral interbeing nature.
This is where it is at,
dwelling happily in the present.
Distress & grief concerning these most
dangerous of times gently thrown-out.
Fires of ignorance, greed & delusion extinguished,
transformed into exquisite colors & forms.
Blossoms bestow marvelous example
for all beings, including humans,
of returning to what’s possible right now.
“To be empty is always to be empty of something. When we contemplate a flower like this, we see the flower is full of everything: the cloud, the sunshine, the Earth, time, space, the gardener—everything has come together to help the flower to manifest. Why do we say it is empty? It is empty of only one thing: a separate existence. A flower cannot be by herself alone. A flower is full of non-flower elements. It is clear that the flower has to inter-be with everything in the cosmos. She cannot be by herself alone. To be by oneself alone is impossible. So we begin to see the interdependence of everything..” ~Thich Nhat Hanh