Uplifting Spring Poem

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:

Dogenís Dream
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).

80 comments

Danial W.
Past Member 3 years ago

"The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month."

Danial W.
Past Member 3 years ago

"Come, fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring
The Winter Garment of Repentance fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To fly--and Lo! the Bird is on the Wing."

Danial W.
Past Member 3 years ago

Lovely poem....
The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:--
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure

Danial W.
Past Member 3 years ago

The Beautiful Rose

Luscious scents tickle your nose.

Odorous perfume, beautiful rose.

Soft silky petals,

sharp thorns like pointy needles.

Countless colors paint their blooms,

their dazzling beauty consumes.

A great gift to please our eyes.

Thanks for sharing a beautiful poem




Val M.
Val M.3 years ago

Thanks

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

very nice, thank you

Natasha Salgado
natasha salgado3 years ago

Very lovely! Thank you.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

JL A.
JL A.3 years ago

uplifting indeed

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby3 years ago

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