so it has come to this --
the last bee alive on earth
i turn my hand in the air and the bee follows it
a flowing motion for both of us
i lean in close as if to speak to the bee
but my mind is blank
what does one say to the final bee
the day is very hot
over 100 degrees
i turn to go back into my house
and the last bee follows me like a happy dog
perhaps I’ll call him lewis
another fine and perfect sunrise
sweet as a tangerine
i took it from the sky
and placed it in a lovely handmade box
i placed the box on a shelf in my bookcase
where it awaits my next new day.
Our mind wanders incessantly, but our body and senses are always in the present. To investigate our embodied experience is to investigate the living present.
-Anne C. Klein
The pursuit of enlightenment is for the purpose of the world, not merely for the purpose of the individual. Practices for enlightenment must lead to action in the world.