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Please take me to the far shore
I cannot reach it alone
The Promised Land beckons
Please, help me!
Movement gives the illusion of progress
Am I progressing, Master?
I breathe in the incense
I purge myself
Wait till the last sentient creature
In the universe is enlightened?
That's a really long time!
How do I know I've reached Buddhahood?
In whatever I do?
I have to break myself?
How do I do that?
Can't you just give me the
That sadness of being human Mono no aware
The reality of life
Reflecting back on all the years
All the lost years
If I could go back to my youth
And explain, caution
Be kind, be gentle, be human
To yourself and others
I told someone once
That I didn't think people
Become fully human
Till they are at least forty
But, I don't suppose some people
Ever become fully human
Regardless of their age
Tears of things past
A weary perspective
That gives me pause
But little comfort
Before enlightenment: Chop wood, carry water
After enlightenment: Chop wood, carry water
Why bother, then?
The actions are the same
But, how you do them
How you feel about them