This inspiring poem by the American Buddhist poet Jim Harrison invites us to slow down and deeply enter in to the spirit of the season. It becomes a short but uplifting meditation on the nature of spring.
Experience it here:
by Jim Harrison
What happens when the god of spring
meets spring? He thinks for a moment
of great whales traveling from the bottom
to the top of the earth, the day the voyage
began seven million years ago
when spring last changed its season.
He enters himself, emptiness
desiring emptiness. He sleeps
and his sleep is the dance of all the birds
on earth flying north.
Adapted from Beneath a Single Moon, edited by Kent Johnson and Craig Paulenich (Shambhala, 1991). Copyright (c) 1991 by Johnson and Paulenich. Reprinted by permission of Shambhala.
Adapted from Beneath a Single Moon, edited by Kent Johnson and Craig Paulenich (Shambhala, 1991).