A Different Word For It
I finish my porridge. Offer a prayer of thanks. Raise my head. Smile.
nourished by the Dharma
a wayward monkey
Wash my bowl. Dry my hands. Enter the forest. Exit into the light.
my new voice
Descend into the valley. Pause often. Turn. Observe. Smile again and again.
on each flower the sun
then a sunbird
Farther toward the trickling brook. Along one fold of steep meadow. Onto another. The sound rising, falling with each turn of the trail.
between the whistles
The sun warms the herd. My back. Past the docile beasts to the climb. The dam. The little jetty of my meditation.
the duck the pond
Something mystical. Yet that not quite the word for it. Returning again and again. I dilate my lexicon. Seek the expression. Instead learn to express the seeking.
a sangoma speaks
with the wind
Note: “Wild dagga,” also known as Lion’s Tail, is a flowering shrub native to South Africa with possible medicinal qualities. “Sangoma” is a Zulu word commonly used in South Africa when referring to traditional healers.