In Praise of SABI

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by Dani Kopoulos
the japanese say a poem can only be perfect if it reflects “sabi,” the pathos inherent in nature.

the best way to walk atop this globe

is lonely and in love.


all guides sacrifice of themselves to help their disciples advance.

all guides know what they’re doing.

i know the power of my core.


my beauty and horror, my systems and order,

my patience and fury,


all the complexities

of our oneness and separation

are made simple

and beautiful

by impermanence.


let that haunt you

and you’ll know what to do.


photo Martin Harris

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