THE WITNESS SKY

In POETRY by Sera Kunzang Lhamo3 Comments

Witness sky’s moods
lightning flash sews
black cloud to dark horizon
distant sea turns toward edge
of this round world

Watch from hilltop Eden,
hour by hour
day by day
again and again
absorb her colors and whims
scratch-dance of palm against rock
melancholy minor chimes
improvise a child’s tune
to accompany the thunder.
Rain engulfs ocean now in
a wide wet embrace
purple-blue-green moisture
unites sea and cloud in one.

Tea steeps, warming bowl.
Golden noon turns to premature dusk
shocks even the orange hibiscus into its hugged cocoon.

Gale whistles the flags, the fronds,
edges of the garden grass

Watch motionless, a charge passes through,
exits, sweat through porous nature.

Light shifts, day evolves, wind lifts,
storm changes, imbibing all in quiet reverie.

Sparrows alarm—
air stirs timeless molecules, miniscules,
labored into now

from where blows this fierce wind?
[once upon a dark and stormy, the child wrote…]
night moth on stuccoed wall
motionless since Thursday
what can she be contemplating so diligently?
her past life, her present, her next one?
has she any other possibilities?

storm blows through
unstirring.

Look again, cloudbank has lifted
in motion, shifting –
everything stirs, settles, stirs again.

Beans boiling on stovetop
eventually absorb, soften,
come to rest.

Green crickets, beetles, tiny birds, banana palms,
raindroplets, chimes, distant motor, wind, surf,
boiling pot, dog’s whimper –

Mystical orchestra sounds
without cessation, accompaniment
to marvels of
the great silent Mystery.

About the Author
Sera Kunzang Lhamo

Sera Kunzang Lhamo

A Vajrayana practitioner since 2000, Sarah C. Beasley (Sera Kunzang Lhamo) spent almost 7 years in retreat under the guidance of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche and Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, engaging in the traditional Vajrayana path of experiential cultivation. In 2013, Sarah worked closely with Lama Tharchin Rinpoche and Pema Dechen on compiling and editing
the text Vajrasattva Ceremony for the Dead. She is encouraged by Lama Yeshe Wangmo and Sangye Khandro to offer practical instruction based on this compilation text. Sarah is an experienced teacher, writer, sculptor, dancer and Iyengar yoga practitioner. She leads a workshop on Meditation for Death, Dying & Living, which can include expressive arts for
caregivers. For more info, see www.moondropmeditation.com


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