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~ By Courtesy of Others ~



O Mani, who dreams behind
the moon´s fair and addled face,
bemused and musing, over great seas
and stolid earth and the sky´s burnished ceiling,
tell me about what you´ve seen while
roaming back and forth across the heavens.

You turn and turn and turn again,
crossing and recrossing, and still
you wander and gaze in silence,
circling, as a man gently considers
a problem incarnate before him.
Teach me about simple observance,
that quiet watching without
the anxious self-centeredness of opinion,
you who sees the world from the top of night.

And if you should pause in your journey,
even only briefly, look my way and smile,
Mani of the slow, deep wisdom,
for I´ll be looking up at you
from down below, here where I am rooted
to the things I cannot bear to leave behind.

© Elizabeth Vongvisith

Published in Raven Kaldera´s "Jotunbok". Used by permission.
Elizabeth´s books are available at Asphodel Press.

Twilight and Fire - Mysticism, devotion, and explorations of the heart.

Image: Exposition Universelle, Palais de l'optique, 1900

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