Ocean of Gratefulness

The Buddha and I are rowing in a dinghy
on the ocean of gratefulness.

The Buddha says, “Let’s dive overboard
and swim among your blessings.”

I grab the oars from the Buddha
and feverishly sprint the boat toward shore.

The Buddha asks, “Are you afraid of drowning?”

I answer, “I’m terrified of sinking like a rock of disbelief.”

The Buddha replies, “I’ll teach you how to swim
like a fish called thankfulness.”

I hand the oars back to the Buddha.

David was a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 35 years before the publication of his first collection of poems, “A Heart on Fire, Poems from the Flames.” He continues to write poetry and makes presentations on poetry of Eastern and Western Mystics and leads poetry workshops as a faculty member of OLLI College at the University of Southern Maine. David is a regular contributor to Kind Over Matter. David plays the “Shakuhachi,” a Japanese bamboo flute used in Zen Buddhist meditation and celebration. He combines his flute music with poetry readings. He has taught Tibetan and Western poetry to Buddhists monks at Sera Jhy Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in South India. He earned his Master of Theology and Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology degrees from Boston University. You can contact David via email or follow him on his website.

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