Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Waterfall

Chaos and bedlam
No droplet misplaced
Every splash harmony
Even the moment
Of thunderous impact
Silent water
Gives silent birth
To silent spray
The waterfall
Is the water
Is the rocks
Is the trees
The waterfall
Writes this
Reads this
Is this
Is just
A waterfall

Photo: Skógafoss waterfall, Iceland
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  1. Lovely, David, Thanks -- brings to mind Suzuki's chapter from Zen Minds . . .

    "Before we were born we had no feeling; we were one with the universe. This is called "mind-only," or "essence of mind," or "big mind." After we are separated by birth from this oneness, as the water falling from the waterfall is separated by the wind and rocks, then we have feeling. You have difficulty because you have feeling. You attach to the feeling you have without knowing just how this feeling is created. When you do not realize that you are one with the river, or with the universe, you have fear. Whether it is separated into drops or not, water is water. Our life and death are the same thing. When we realize this fact we have no fear of death anymore, and we have no actual difficulty with our life."

    1. Thanks, Bob - I like that quote. Remembering that water is water can be challenging!

    2. Yes it's a very useful reminder to me also...water is water ... all matter and mind seemly separate

    3. Hi, Peter, thanks for dropping by!

  2. This is Beautiful, David! "Everything splash harmony." Everything is THIS! Yes!

    1. Oh shoot, I meant "Every splash harmony" - of course - just as you said... :)

  3. Poetry that dances! Words that are music! What an awesome treat! Thank you! ;)


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