The Natural State

The natural state
is no special achievement.
 
Just find the place
where you already are.
 
You won’t have to look too far!
 
That place reaches everywhere,
even beyond birth and death!
 
Fish swim in water,
birds fly through the air.
 
Why complicate?
Just live.
 
Life itself is enough,
if one has the heart for it.
 
Tonight I swing naked
in the shine of the moon.
 
My heart is racing
like a hummingbird’s.
 
My hands are wrapped
like a happy monkey’s paws
around a pliant branch of pine.
 
My feet sway wildly back and forth
above the ebony lake below, waiting
for just the right moment, then —
 
that thrilling shout when I let go!

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