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.