“Holy” Pitcher

The life of suffering and the Kingdom of Heaven are both pitchers of water;

They both are broken with a constant and flowing leak.

They both are the same, in fact;

One pitcher: broken, leaking.


At once exhausting and endlessly fulfilling;

Being emptied is pain and satisfaction;

The pouring-out balanced with a pouring-in;

An unseen deposit and an unknown Source.


Torturous attention clinging to the cleft

Is the life of grasping and repulsion – suffering.

Affectionate detachment broadens to the whole;

The out-pouring is released; the in-pouring embraced;

both seen and allowed, then vanishing.

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