Thanking a Monkey

Kaveri Patel writes:

There’s a monkey in my mind

swinging on a trapeze,

reaching back to the past

or leaning into the future,

never standing still.

Sometimes I want to kill

that monkey, shoot it square

between the eyes so I won’t

have to think anymore

or feel the pain of worry.

But today I thanked her

and she jumped down

straight into my lap,

trapeze still swinging

as we sat still.

via Kaveri Patel – Buddhist Poetry Review.

On these days when our world slows down just a little bit, think about thanking YOUR monkeys…


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