Reading from The Collected Songs of Cold 🥶 Mountain – 187
What is the saddest thing in the world
the rafts of sin people build to reach hell
ignoring the man in the clouds and cliffs
with one thin robe for the shores of his life
in autumn he lets the leaves fall
in spring he lets the trees bloom
he sleeps through the three realms free of concerns
with moonlight and wind for his home
—Cold Mountain 🥶 ⛰
You awaken as a child on the wheel of life, which leads to the world tree and the center of the Labyrinth.
Today, the Earth is reborn and I can see it out my window.
The trees leaf as ice crystals form and lightening cracks in the air.
The Flowers sing in their pots filled with reminding.
The weeds seek to steal the light and water.
And the birds come and go freely, enjoying a drink or a meal.
One can learn the cycles of life if they stop and listen and watch.
We are invited to participate even.
So however you celebrate it, through whatever filter you like, life and it’s promise is renewed today in time, rejoice!
Ring-a-ring o’ roses,
A pocket full of posies,
We all fall down
Fall into every hole
Rise to every height
Don’t maintain your cool
Don’t be afraid to be a fool
Or be afraid to be fooled
Maybe just go outside and fly a kite
Dance and sing
And move along
For you were not born forlorn
From an eternal pool of Love you sprung
The Sun and Wind see you play
Soon enough you will be dust
No one will remember us
But the Earth and Sky
So go and play
Before you forget
“The Sun sinks toward the horizon,
the light clouds blow away.
A rainbow shines in the river,
the last raindrops spatter the rock.
Cranes and herons soar in the sky,
fat bears feed around the banks.
I wait here for the west wind
and enjoy the crescent moon
shining through the misty bamboo.”
— Du Fu
One of the most beloved Tang poets 700 China. Sourced from Deng Ming-Dao’s ‘The Lunar Tao’ – pg 29 – A Drop Starts a Cycle
“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.” –