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A lasting marriage

Poet: Nirmala

A lasting marriage
     when devotion has claimed you for its own
     no longer any chance to stray
     a brief  fling with illusion no longer satisfies
     the truth demands utter fidelity
     with no possibility of divorce

     All pain must be faced
     and embraced as the true countenance of
          your beloved

     All fear must be met
     and recognized as the thrill of tasting
          the unknowable

     All joy must be surrendered
     and acknowledged as a gift with
          no giver

     This union only requires telling the truth
     even when the truth shatters your dreams
     even when the truth leaves you emptied out
     even when the truth reveals your counterfeit existence
     then there is no other possibility
          then happily ever after.

it is here

Poet: Nirmala

it is here
in the breath
it is here
in the stillness between breaths
     it is here
     in the active mind
     it is here
     in the resting mind
it is here
in the dream’s panorama
it is here
in each moment of awakening
     it is here
     when all is well
     it is here
     when fear has nothing left to fear
even then
there is pure noticing 
even then
there is no need for doing
     no frantic searching
     can find the obvious
     no seeking needed
     to find that which seeks
it is here
where it can never be lost
or found

truth is too simple for words

Poet: Nirmala

truth is too simple for words
before thought gets tangled up in nouns and
verbs
there is a wordless sound
a deep breathless sigh
of overwhelming relief
to find the end of fiction
in this ordinary
yet extraordinary moment
when words are recognized
     as words
and truth is recognized
          as everything else