from a forthcoming collection (April 2020) entitled Stirrup of the Sun & Moon
Become the cold rain
and the rain ceases to be cold.
Become betrayal’s rage
and a trapdoor opens
onto the grief you’re hiding there.
Become the well-attended despair
and depression starts to release
because you’ve given its voice
a hallowed space.
Become the anxiety
and it reveals itself
as the intelligent awareness
of your inverted bravery.
Become the fear
to becoming larger than it,
into your dormant fearlessness.
Become the longing for a lover
and you realize there is only The One
and never really has been an ‘Other’.
Become the space of the chasm
and there is no place
where you are not home.
(c) 2019 / Frank LaRue Owen / purelandpoetry.com
Inspired by the Dharma talk “Suffering and Empowerment” by the late Zen master John Daido Loori (1931-2009).
Be the barrier. When you are the barrier,
there isn’t any barrier. When you are the barrier
with the whole body and mind, it fills the universe.
There is nothing outside of it. If it’s pain, be the pain.
Fear?…be the barrier. Dissolve into the situation you are in.
Be the anger. Be the fear. Be the barrier.
It’s possible to work with your fear. It’s possible to work with your pain.
It’s possible to work with your anger. It’s not something that happens to you.
It’s something that you do that makes it happen. The only reason there is a barrier
is because we’ve created it. Un-create it, and it’s no longer a barrier.
— John Daido Loori, Zen master (1931-2009)