from the edge

🙂 thanissara here –

to start with the dark… this was a poem that i wrote somewhere along the way, probably after a therapy session! – but i started rummaging around for it today as i felt it spoke to the times we are in… well the darker side of the times.. but then with OWS i feel some hope, something is breaking through, some sanity, some cry from the heart that screams out… we need to turn round, we need to return, to truly touch the earth….before its too late..

From the Edge

1.
It is only
the long stretch of night
that draws into my wounded soul
which heaves
under a neat exterior.
The wail
of a beast
who knows no soothing
I hear your pain
circling and circling
ripping thru
shreds of coherency
The night darkness
The night of no stars
Plummets
Plummets
I can’t sense the holding

2.
Finally
the bandages removed
and the raw
stinking
superating
gash opening
thru that trap door
open shut tight.

We fall
like drunks
no reference points
down
we rush
thru layers of sainty
that dissolve quick behind me
Where shall we land?

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About Thanissara

Thanissara is Anglo-Irish and originally from London. She trained in the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah for 12 years as a Buddhist nun. With Kittisaro, her husband and teaching partner, she has taught meditation retreats internationally since 1992. In 2000 they founded Dharmagiri Insight Meditation Centre on the border of South Africa and Lesotho - www.dharmagiri.org - and helped initiate, fund, and guide several AIDS response projects in KwaZulu Natal. Currently they support Kulungilekids.org Thanissara has an MA in Mindfulness Psychotherapy Practice from the UK, and is a core teacher at Insight Meditation Society, MA, and affiliated teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA, USA. She is co-author with Kittisaro of Listening to the Heart, A Contemplative Guide to Engaged Buddhism, author of Time To Stand Up, A Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth, and of two poetry books, Heart of the Bitter Almond Hedge Sutra, and Garden of the Midnight Rosary. She lives in the Bay area, and spends time each year in South Africa, teaching and supporting Dharmagiri.

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