gentle and kind

Gentle and kind

Several beings,
gentle and kind,
had gathered for an evening fire,
sharing a few words
now and then,
sitting mostly
in silence,
surrounded by
being all
and nothing

♫ ♫ ♫

Crickets sang
with owls and toads,
bats on the wing flowing

♫ ♫ ♫

And time slowed down
until it reached
a moment that could not be divided

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on the porch

On the porch

On the porch
three friends silent,
birds calling
now and then

♫ ♫ ♫

Trains of thought
slowing down
and then coming to a halt
in the stillness


All luggage left behind,
identities alight
and then vanish in the nothingness
from which they flowed



That in which the manifest dwells,
silent and calm,
observing all
that comes and goes,
undisturbed by thoughts and notions,
simply being

in between

branches and leaves,
musical notes
and all other beings
in this play of consciousness

♫ ♫ ♫



The wildflowers observed
the sun and the moon,
the toads and the cobras
and all of the other beings who passed by

♫ ♫ ♫

Drawing water from the earth below,
they quietly drank their fill,

and now and then they danced
with a gentle wind
or received a visit from a bee
or a butterfly

♫ ♫ ♫

And through all kinds of weather
and perils of various kinds,
the wildflowers remained equanimous
and outside of time


the tree and the stone

The tree and the stone

The tree and the stone had been neighbors
for quite some time,
and as the tree grew quickly larger,
the stone became slowly rounder and smaller

♫ ♫ ♫

Other beings came and went
while the tree and the stone remained silent and still,
except for now and then
when they made music with the wind or the rain

♫ ♫ ♫

While sensing and calmly accepting all that was,
the tree explored the universe
and the stone shed its identity
one layer at a time

♫ ♫ ♫


the gentle side

The gentle side

Blending music
on a warm Saigon night,
DJ Otherwise quietly set the groove

♫ ♫ ♫

Now and then a motorbike
joined the mix
and after a while as well a friend
who was passing through
the gentle side of Saigon

♫ ♫ ♫