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In Your Hands
A young man caught a small bird, and held it behind his back. He then asked, “Master, is the bird I hold in my hands alive or dead.” The boy thought this was a grand opportunity to play a trick on the old man. If the master answered “dead”, it would be let loose into the air. If the master answered “alive”, he would simply wring its neck. The master spoke, “The answer is in your hands”.

http://spiritual-minds.com/stories/zen.htm

My 22nd poem for NaPoWriMo is inspired both by this story, and by today being ‘Earth Day’. Enjoy:-)

Look at your hands

and you’ll see

a whole world

right there in your palms.

We hold the world

in our hands

and the world

is our hands.

Nothing is lost,

it’s only transformed;

by choice,

by hands.

 

 

 

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