Psalm 64

I have come to love my life… though it circles like a shark…
There’s only one rule… be true now…

That’s where teeth come in…

Like… a woman asks…
‘Why did you lose your faith?’

& I’m treading water… facing the fin

Talking of Buddha…
A man comes to a river… searches
Till he finds a boat… crosses…
(Buddha’s face is weighty…
He lifts his finger… there’s nothing more difficult!)
Buddha (from the far shore of many rivers)
Expounds… does this man carry
A boat the rest of his days?
Does he eat in a boat?
Sleep in a boat?
No… he crosses the river
Leaves the boat…
Eats new food…
Makes love to a new woman…
(For everything is changed!)
Why live in a boat?

Faith is facing the shark…
It’s learning to live boatless…
To trust the impulse…
Enter the waters…

The farther you go…
The deeper the impulse…

The deeper the impulse…
The greater the risk…

What rises from the core can be trusted…
Without bite there’s no truth…
Without teeth there’s no love…

What circles is eternally new

We live it in the waves

Kevin Moran 17/5/08

Whakapapa: I wrote this poem after a Christian woman asked me, ‘Why did you lose your faith?’ I was left facing the shark, the shark being the need to remain true to the new life emerging in me. I remember quoting something from one of the Buddha’s sermons (paraphrased in the poem). I was trying to explain that I no longer needed to live in the boat of religion because I was learning how to connect with the Self. Jesus called the Self the ‘Treasure’ in a field or the ‘Pearl’ of great price. He taught that a person needs to sell everything in order to obtain a relationship with the Self. The poem also talks about the nature of faith. The journey to connect with the Self requires deep faith. We need to be able to trust the impulses coming from our deep core, impulses that are undoing our old world & leading us into the new.

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