Saturday, December 18, 2010

What is Love? Gratitude


Don't unstring your bow.
I am your four-feathered arrow
that has not been used yet.

I am a strong knifeblade word,
not some if or maybe, dissolving in air.
I am sunlight slicing the dark.

Who made this night?
A forge deep in the earth-mud.

What is the body?
Endurance.

What is love?
Gratitude.

What is hidden in our chests?
Laughter.

What else?
Compassion.

Don't ask what love can make or do.
Look at the colors of the world.
The riverwater moving in all rivers at once.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

Here is one I like:

GAMBLE EVERYTHING FOR LOVE

If you want what visible reality
can give, you’re an employee.

If you want the unseen world,
you’re not living your truth.

Both wishes are foolish,
but you’ll be forgiven for forgetting
that what you really want is love’s confusing joy.


Gamble everything for love,
if you are a true human being.

If not, leave
this gathering.

Half-heartedness doesn’t reach
into majesty. You set out
to find God, but then you keep

stopping for long periods
at mean-spirited roadhouses.


In a boat down a fast-running creek,
it feels like trees on the bank
are rushing by. What seems

to be changing around us
is rather the speed of our craft
leaving this world.
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