Plants and Animals

If I were a plant, I might arrive at silence and stillness a little more gracefully.  I might meditate with greater success.

If I were a plant, I think you would find that – impossible as it seems – I am both an annual and a perennial.  Both evergreen and deciduous, succulent and garden flower, creeping fig and marigold.

A plant thinks, “where is the light and heat, there is the light and heat, here are my roots, if water comes I shall drink what I can.”

An animal thinks, “my belly is empty, my belly is full, this is my place, this is not my place, these are my children, I have no children.”

A human thinks, “through many gateways I have passed, to come into this place at last.”

~ from How To Carry Soup (Homebound Publications, 2020)

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