Do these leaves know as much as I?

by Zenshin Philip Whalen
for Adin, 4/11/11


Do these leaves know as much as I?
They must
Know that and more—or less. We
See each other through the glass.
We bless each other
Desk and tree, a fallen world of holiness.
Blessed Francis taught the birds
All the animals understood.
Who will
Pray for us who are less than stone or wood?

I think of St. Dot's during sesshin

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