Monday, May 23, 2016

An IT Tech and a Buddhist Walk Into a Bar

If the path were straight,
We wouldn't need directions.
If the directions were clear,
We wouldn't need instruction.
For all those dead ends we followed, and all those wrong turns
Who can be blamed?  Not our spiritual advisors, surely.
Not our programmers.

If our chakras were in perfect balance,
Emotions would not impede.
If our cache was empty,
Then our expression would be serene.
If our limbs were arranged in rest and activity with equal ease
Then we would never stumble or get fatigued.
We would never get the hourglass.

A wise man says that obstacles are necessary
For greatness.
A wise woman believes there is nothing more beautiful
Than truth.
What we have and are in the now-eternal moment
Is preferable to all other states, say the server gods.

If only I could make myself stop spinning long enough
I could understand these facts,
Or perhaps I am an old-fashioned hard drive
With a failing motherboard.

Where do I turn in this mind and get an upgrade?
How do I switch out the program?
You are an ever-renewing human equivalent.
Just close your eyes and breathe.


Lost.At.Sea. said...

This is perfection.

Stirling Davenport said...

Thanks a lot for your comment, Lost. We are all lost. And more or less at Sea. I appreciate you dropping by.

Jan Hersh said...

Nice advice. Mindful breathing and inner vision are ways to the center of peace. Where ever we are as long as we are.

Stirling Davenport said...

Jan, the oddest thing! I just saw your comment today ... and you posted it on my Birthday like an inadvertent Birthday present. I always remember our day with the street painters ... Thank you!

Stirling Davenport said...

To any IT tech posting random garbage in this comment section, I am deleting all of your comments as they have nothing to do with poetry or the subject matter of my poem. Glad you are enjoying my blog but this is not a computer forum or a place to post ads in Arabic. LOL.