seeking samyak-smṛti

the monkey swings
from branch to branch
to branch and back

and even when she rests
on the grassy verge
of a settled-clear pool

and contemplates
the perfect smooth stone
in the depths

she is startled
by her own image
on the surface

and flashes her teeth
in a grimace-grin
of self-awareness

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About Ray Sharp

Father, poet, triathlete, local public health planner
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6 Responses to seeking samyak-smṛti

  1. Marya says:

    What a lovely reflection (no pun intended, he-he).

  2. Marya says:

    Ray, I meant to ask you if you are familiar with this poem by Kaveri Patel (the poem at the top) — similar metaphor http://www.buddhistpoetryreview.com/archives/issue-two/kaveri-patel

  3. Ray Sharp says:

    I was not familiar with that poem or writer — thanks for the tip — but I do know the mad monkey mind metaphor, a common term for the mind that cannot sit still, that swings from limb to limb, that resists calming, centering, to Buddha mind.

  4. And confidence too…

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