• Grant Handgis ~ Author/Poet




on Seeking the Way V

The stillness of evening, and the hush cast in

moonlight, brought peace within the courts,

and the murmur of bubbling water in the fountains

lent melody to the seeking minds,

and the student asked the master, and what direction

do I best seek my way, and find peace?

And the master beckoned for the lad, handing him his cup

before pouring from his right side, into the empty vessel

saying, what I accomplish is the outcome of my trials,

and so saying, poured full his own cup from the left

and said, filling the cup measures a life span

as the cup must first begin empty.

And the seeker sipped his tea in silence,

pondering with riddles of the young

and felt the sweetness of Spring air

settling in the warm currents about, like an old

Spring breeze of his past, come back again

since his sojourn to seek the way.

And the student asked the master, and what way

do I have, to know I have sought the best direction?

The breeze ruffled gently the robes of the

master, for it teased him into a smile and carried

the answer into the night, as the master slurped his tea

stirring the crickets in the fields

Grant Handgis

Copyright 1980-2011


g. Michael Handgis Photography


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