scooping up the ocean
with cupped hands
let all of who you are
love this water
because you are you
because water is water

big water
big heart
too much to hold
no need to

this love
in each drop of water
falling from your hands
returns to its vast oceanness

scooping up the ocean
with cupped hands
now hold this love
now give it all away
because you are not you
because water is not water


"You have to be careful not to criticize or fight the mind, since it is normal to think, hear sounds, and feel sensations. The trick is not to grasp or reject them. Just leave them alone and let them come and go lightly."

- Martine Batchelor


Why I Treasure Monday Evenings

Buddham saranam gacchami

hank is not a person
hank is anyone
and everyone is already

sitting with you all
all is only what it is
and all of what is this

Dhammam saranam gacchami

reciting a reading
mind can read too much
into the meaning
and forget that i
know it by heart

sitting with you
helps me recall
the heart

Sangham saranam gacchami

with this sangha
i can safely settle
into something i know
i know nothing about

i can trust that
just to be with this
will be enough

and it is

to the rain!

underneath this
coat of silver -
this medieval contraption -
self - conscious self -
i am soft as the air
around a lightbulb
in a forest
by ancient owls
who have
no necks
and wise birch
trees that drink
to water! to dirt!
to life! i remember again
how to laugh at the
constant hum
of my metallic mind -
how to listen to
the hymn of
rain that drops
out of nowhere
and dots my
somewhere roof
with -
with -

It’s cloudy - I can’t see
the stars tonight. But I need
a constellation. I’m selfish.
Where did my stars go?
Wow, dumbstruck me,
notices that what I thought
all of this was isn’t it, at all…
it’s fading into…? You’re confusing yourself! You talk too much. Look!
Listen! Judgments, extra. This poem, extra. Just,… just what? That’s it!
Shouldn’t it be simple?
Should it?
It’s cloudy and hard to see.


sometimes life requires
much of us:
to take action!
to stand up!
to fight!

but when
life demands
that we crawl
into our shells
feeling defeated

and that we unsettle
into the unknown
as it all collapses
in on us, we must
try to remember:

this too requires
courage, wisdom
and more strength
than one would think


Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?

The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment. Not seeking, not expecting, she is present, and can welcome all things.

(Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching)


Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.

(Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching)

A burden lifted,
Balance restored, and wow - there
Is space for it all!


Still I feel the wind
Moving the wind feels me but
Still I feel the wind

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