Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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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