Do you see the smoke signals on the horizon?
Well, pay them no heed for now
They speak in a mystery language
Known only to initiates
Answer the call of the jungle
There are so many who live on the outskirts
As their parents did,
And their parents before them
Will you be one of those?
One of those who answers the call half-heartedly?
Content simply to sit at the edge of the fire,
Without knowing the god that lives inside?
No, of course not
You have already passed by their cozy houses
Their little-pains and little-pleasures
You have already pushed through the thorny thicket
And warily watched the slithering snakes
As they go about their own lives
Unperturbed by your presence
And what have you found in the jungle of your heart?
What deep secret called you from the heart of the jungle?
Was it some monster that lurked there?
A pile of gold, perhaps?
No, no, we know that’s not it.
Nor was there a person there,
Nor a god,
Not even a mirror.
What you found there was a clearing…
Yes, a clearing in the jungle–
Perhaps even a meadow.
This clearing is yours to do with as you will
You can build a home there,
Should you choose.
You could build a hospital,
Or a tea-house,
An orphanage, even.
You could build nothing.
You could simply sit and enjoy its open-ness.
There is no one there to tell you what to do with it,
But others will come if you invite them.
They will love your clearing.
But you are under no obligation to tell anyone.
Here, you are perfectly free.
This is the jungle’s gift to you–
Your reward for loving the jungle enough
To dive into it.
I love you,
I have always loved you,
Love, the clear still lake,
Obscured by a wraith-like mist
That was never really there
To begin with
From your peaceful clearing
You notice, once again,
The smoke signals on the horizon
And you understand their mystery language
Which, it turns out, was never such a mystery
But you were not willing to understand
Ah, this dream is melting away
Something is calling me back home
And my soul is ready to let go
And like the smoke, the world drifts away
And in deep, deep sleep
You finally awake