Saturday, January 19, 2019

Get lost

Get lost                                                                                                     

Unless you get lost on purpose,
Ryokan by moonlight wrote

you won’t get this far –
rugged path through a deep forest

among towering mountains,
a steep glen shielded by mist.

But if I plunge into the thick
of my perplexity, eschew my bearings,

redirect my vigilance, trek the path
unconcerned where it leads, I might just

climb in deeply enough to come upon
an abandoned hut, a patch of woods

where once he hunted mushrooms;
the spring where he drew water;

sit and view the moon left in the window
like a congratulatory note.

O child of God, the world is telling you
to get lost.  When will you oblige?

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