Vipassana Poem

In January 2014 I was on Koh Samui in Thailand, attending a 7 day silent Meditation Retreat at the Dipabhavan Meditation Center. On day three I suddenly began to think in rhymes. Although it wasn’t allowed I wrote down some things and I’m really happy I did! Today I finally found this poem I wrote back then:

Oh butterfly, just flatter by
as I sit in the midday’s sun.
All still and calm to be I try
at Dipabhavan.

Two meals a day is all we get
so with wise reflection we shovel it in.
Mindfully we take step by step
and focus just on breathing.

We practice to be not attached
from craving not to speak.
We even risk a hurting back
let’s see where it will lead.

To light and love, we’re hoping for
beware, though, don’t expect!
Scrubbing toilets and mopping floors
could be everything you get.

The roosters scream all night and day
throughout the whole retreat.
To end this pain I knew a way
but Buddhists don’t eat meat.

Awakened by the morning bell
4.30, the roosters just quietened down
we’re glad to leave this hardwood bed
and hide the shoulders in our gown.

We can’t decide what’s hurting more
our backs or our knees
and while I wonder what all this is for
not knowing so does bring me peace.

And when it’s time for the cold shower
I might, just once more, wonder why
I should stay here one more hour,
these words are all I have to say:

Oh butterfly, just flatter by
as I sit in the morning sun.
All still and calm to be I try
at Dipabhavan.

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