Tonglen for Rin Norris

Rin Norris is a woman who lost her father and all three of her children—aged 8, 10, and 12—when Malaysian Air Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine on July 17th, 2014. Tonglen is a Buddhist meditation practice in which one imagines drawing external pain into oneself and in return, sending out compassion and love.

Breathing in, I see your boys jostling, peering out the window
Breathing out, I wrap my heart around your ruptured heart

Breathing in, I see your girl draw purple doodles in her notebook
Breathing out, I send starlight through your jagged, hollowed core

Breathing in, I see your father smile as he sips his coffee
Breathing out, I pulse to warm the frozen, shattered channels of your bones

It can’t be done. I know.
Home is nowhere, now, nowhere
As slick smoke blackens the midsummer air



Kimberly G. Jackson studied literature at Yale and New York University, but now reads and writes poetry just for the love of it. 


She lives in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts.

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