This brings to an end my experiment in devotional poetry, The Flame in the Lotus. I hope you have all enjoyed it!
Rest assured, the bridge is dangerous and very narrow.
If I fall one way, I am swallowed by fire,
The other side, I drown in water.
Behind me the past relays its gossip
In the mouths of regret and stupid sins. They never stop,
And are threatening to swallow me whole should I go back.
Among them, one says “Go! You can do it.”
And way out in front, between the flames
And the sprays of white drops clouding my sight,
I can make out open arms
Calling me to hurry across, and,
With a little bit of bracing courage
I balance my way forward, inch by inch.
It won´t be easy.
But what maternal arms will greet me!
Namo amida butsu!