Bare Branch

Wind moved the bare branch

at my window, scratching

random runes on frosted glass.

I did not attempt to interpret them.

Their meaning simply appeared

in my Winter awareness

like black flames on white

scrolls of stillness.

This is what the wind said.

Aloneness is the dream,

all-oneness the awakening.

Here is your simplest hardest lesson.

The conflict you perceive

is the conflict in your mind

made visible by grace,

that you may learn through images,

reflections, how

your own thoughts limit you

until you let them go.

Be crazy and free.

Be naked, sky-like, and empty.

Laugh, sing, dance, cry.

You are the cause of Spring.

Painting by Andrew Wyeth

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