An inquisitive young man, along with some of this friends, went to Lo Zu, and said,
“Every time that I look east, the birds fly east, and every time that I look west, the birds fly west;
every time that I look up the birds fly up,
and every time that I look down, the birds fly down. What does this mean?”
After a very long period of silence, Lo Zu, the great sage, finally answered,
“One must keep one’s mouth shut when inquiring within.”
They finally hatched! 🙂
Mourning Dove Fledglings… Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018
Let me shelter you
from the rain, from all the pain,
for all are brothers.
Mushroom Feelings… Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018
[from Albert Einstein (1879-1955; physicist and Nobel Laureate): “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”] Write to your congressmen, vote wisely (instead of what you inherited), and demand change.
This Haiku doesn’t need a canto
because it’s just too damn small.
The U.S. is destroying the Environmental Protection Agency.
Tiny Things… Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018
That original source, if it is to be discovered at all, must be seen firsthand (and directly). Seeing it through the second-hand scraps of another — including me — is never seeing it at all. The mind must be free of the contamination of others — the second-hand rubbish of others — for that seeing to take place. That seeing — of that wholeness — may have nothing to do with visual perception whatsoever. (Don’t be foolish enough and greedy enough to think that closing your eyes and sitting with crossed, pretzel-like legs will get you there!) Regarding this, the mind must be free of all the hand-me-down knowledge and systems of others and be of a sweet, pristine, innocent purity. However, even that is not enough, for the human mind cannot ever be totally spotless and original, and if that miraculous immeasurability ever occurs, it is not ever because one made it occur. It is much too immense, intrinsically intelligent, and freely mysterious, to merely be a shoddy effect from some paltry human cause. It is (though words are never the actual thing) an ineffable, sacred whole beyond mere causality. So many charlatans write in books and blogs and talk in temples about what they “think” it is. Additionally, many claim that it does not exist. Beware of all others and find out for yourself. Inquire with profound passion and never allow that passion to be quenched by mediocrity.
Fungus on Forest Floor… Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018
Eye see you still there
focusing on your sweet friend
with “I”s to no end
[Note: Look at all the eyes along her cephalothorax!]
Fishing Spider… Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018
[Note: Most people are afraid to die psychologically, so they are never really living.]
Skipper Investigating… Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018
at my “final ending”
don’t waste a lot of tears
at what is just another beginning
Red Admiral Butterfly Metamorphosed… Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018