Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Marks


We mark
our presence
in the world
not for others
but for ourselves.

Time rubs out
every trace,
but we don't care.

Time can't
rub out this
moment
now.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Cost of Not Loving


Where does fear come from?

From the fear of dying?
From the fear of not lasting?
From the fear of not mattering?

Fear comes from none of these. 
Fear comes from not loving.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Diverse Worlds


Without diversity,
there is only one
color of flower.

Without diversity,
there is only one
species of tree.

With diversity,
there is struggle
and compromise.

Which world
would you rather
call home?


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Half a Life


Living a short life is both
a blessing and a curse.

Living a long life is both
a blessing and a curse.

Living half a life is neither.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

How Strange


Molten upheaval below.
Heavy weather above.
These made the earth I know.

Painful turmoil within.
Difficult passages without.
These made the life I know.

How strange to find light
in such rough places.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Water Ways


Floods drain away.
Droughts end in rain.
Nothing stays the same.

Every cloud is a cloud.
Every mountain is a mountain.
Different but the same.

The river of time flows on.
The ocean of Tao receives all.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Five Hard Stones


One stone is for striking an enemy.
One stone is for bracing a wall.
One stone is for blocking a bridge.
One stone is for breaking a spirit.
One stone is for trying to kill fear.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

How Good


If heaven is
my real reason
for being good,
how good am I?

Better to leave
heaven to the gods
and try love instead.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Four Mysteries


Life is a mystery
to the mind.

Death is a mystery
to the heart.

Tao is a mystery
to the body.

Self is a mystery
to the spirit.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Stable


The best way to create
a stable life tomorrow
is to live a stable life today.

Every day was once
the tomorrow of yesterday.


Saturday, July 18, 2015