We need light for clarity as well as its disinfectant powers
And darkness to grow underneath consciousness.
We need sweetness to lure us to habitual goodness
And sour to teach the necessity of a few bitter lessons.
We need pets while young to teach us about love
So that when we’ve grown up, we won’t fear vulnerability.
We need strong appetites both for learning and life,
Hearts that yearn after greater emotional consciousness,
And minds unafraid of any categories of emptiness.
One day, sitting under my favorite tree,
I hear a song I’ve always yearned to hear –
Starting low and steadily becoming stronger –
One voice – swelling into many –
Suddenly, I hear myself
Singing along with the rest of the world –
Aurally blossoming in a personal/communal joy –
One soul, one world, one God –