Varieties of Green

27 Jul
Sitting on the porch, reading scripture, I noticed all the green
surrounding me. Everywhere I look, there is green. Black-eyed
Susans are below and purple-flowered bushes straight ahead.
To my left, my eyes focused on a tree I have seen for years
but never understood. It is a maple tree, but you would never
know it because ivy has overwhelmed it to make it unrecognizable.
I remember Buddha taught that two phenomena
make humans unhappy: Clinging and aversion.
I almost felt like I want to take shears and cut the ivy off
the maple because the poor tree cannot express its true
nature. Still, it would be a fool's errand as with many people
in a similar predicament.

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Posted by on July 27, 2021 in Poetry



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