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Dharma values wait for no one

What is it that shows the unseeable?
What is it that seeks out the unknowable?
What is it that knows us, in the looks that we never give?

Strange that the newspaper sees through this mystery.

Strange that the poet feels alienated from the paper.

Strange that the mystery is known to no-one.

I would like to read this to you, to share and to hold,
with values that can explain,
with words that cannot be heard,
with eyes that can read.

Hold that thought – search. Input. Compute.

Dharma values will be with you as you press the key.
Just do not try.
Try not to.
Try.

“Golden tresses hung on clay” wrote the young poet,
with words of love and theatre,
to a girl that forecast his Dharma,
in the fields they thought their kingdom.

A missionary captured the colours of mind,
glowing with the certainty of life and birth,
feeling the spirit of history
blend with the clarity of the clock.

No one but the student became himself, else no one
followed his logic and painting,
fearful of chemistry and the future,
preferring Caroline in the sea.

A scholar rejected his calling, urging discontent
with rages of emotion and fear,
calling all friends to victory
with passion for improvement and stability.

The ego of the newlywed fed itself, and eased that
of the spouse, untold stories
of love and misunderstanding
with moments of giddy nonsense.

A worker let go, with opportunity for
the future, with planning and plans
to go on and on and on,
until he could not.

Drift drift drift
until the seashore comes to the hills and the hills
leave us all behind.

Drift drift drift
until the future is essential, and desperation feeds
our soul with painful pictures.

Drift drift drift
until the newspaper tells a story that no one hears
lest it is them.

Is it a story of success or power or sexuality? Drift.

A confused man falls for a mirror vanity
and leaves one life for another;
“a beard is like walking down the street
with your fly undone”, so he does.

Capturing the sea with differences of evening light,
the painter’s lover falls
for the picture of the sea, and the man,
and for the breakfast at Michel,
with apples.

A lover feels the moment of Dharma, in union,
with total certainty and no false pride,
just conviction that it is right
and that personality has no place.

From noon to noon, a father intends to do it all
with words and feelings, and teaching and caring;
but he misses the test of moments
by the sea, in the air, on the shelf.

A teacher shuffles slowly from culture to home,
and back again, without concern or feelings
for those who are left, save their
good intentions and words.
Be fair. Be fair.

Drift drift drift
until the seashore comes to the hills and the hills
leave us all behind.

Leadership develops, fearing ability to succeed, to
build upon build upon build,
as people demand a piece,
and a piece,
and a piece.

Dharma values will be with you as you press the key.
Just do not try.
Try not to.
Try.

A man became of age, his own person
for a month, for a year, for his God,
walking with blue notes in his mind
and boots on his feet, unleashed.

The builder’s road draws no troubles, a map
to guide the future and to absolve the past,
with Dharma and fairness and objectivity,
without pain or freedom or understanding.

A voyager wanders across the sea of time and history,
fearing that the future is the same as the past,
which it is, which it was
which it will be.

Drift drift drift
until the future is essential, and desperation feeds
our soul with painful pictures.

A stranger opens his eyes, and sees what is really there,
catching the mist of love in a smile,
and the purity of lust
in the sparkle of the friendship.

Drift drift drift
until the newspaper tells a story that no one hears
lest it is them.

Dharma values wait for no one

Mick Yates

Doynton, United Kingdom

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A walk through life, trying and not trying

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