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Complicity 

You are complicit in the suffering of others. 

If you think that “complicit” is too strong, 

then perhaps you will admit you acquiesce 

to a state of affairs that permits,

and even actively produces, suffering. 

And you acquiesce not because 

of some principled stance

or tacit agreement, but because:

it is simply easier to look the other way. 

You make the error 

of permitting suffering 

because you think it is too vast, 

because you think

a moment’s caress of a cheek

or a warm glance into the eyes of pain

will change nothing. 

You permit suffering – 

you avert your gaze – 

because you fear, 

and are ashamed of, 

your impotence. 

You avert your eyes

from what is. 

And, so, instead of venturing

a small kindness to stranger, 

each one in concert with others

remaking the world

from the ground up,

suffering continues on and on. 

Two Basic Forms Of Unrest 

Two basic forms of unrest:

1) turning being into a thing 

     for one’s own use; and

2) denying the inevitability

     and actuality of the death

     of what is, for a time, present. 

Fully Resting 

You realize 

fully resting

only here and now – 

simply as

this

this

this. 

Compassion 

The com-presencing

of beings and phenomena 

without the delusion

of walls of separation

is com-passion manifest. 

Transformation 

You only brought this forth

with every other 

and you can only transform it

with every other

realized as

none other. 

Transparently Selfless 

Not turned into something;

not turned into anything:

this very occasion, 

transparently selfless. 

Fully 

You are fully realized

realizing, 

transparently emerging

from the contextual relations

of this very occasion, 

uniquely presencing

and creatively centering

each and every being

and phenomenon not apart,

creatively centered by

each and every

uniquely presencing 

being and phenomenon 

not apart. 

Precious/Precarious 

How

precious 

precarious 

this 

is

fleeting

complete 

as-it-ising

Round

The

world

is

round 

you

Winter Springing 

It seemed like endless winter

until you arrived,

your birth signaling springtime, 

your birth itself the arrival of spring,

your perfect face and form

a fresh green shoot

blooming fragrant flowers 

perfuming the earth,

gracing us 

with every promise.

Even on this icy day, 

your warm, sunlit breeze

fans deepest gratitude 

for your simply being!