AN END TO ALL POSSESSING
Let it all pass -
The clouds' massed ranges, sun-rent at evening,
The rain's impetuous impacts, the trees
Leaning and withstanding - let it all pass.
Hold fast to none of it -
Children, woman, the laughter, the ordinary
Eating and drinking, the labour, the wonder,
The sleeping side by side - hold fast to none of it.
See it spire away -
Blooming and flowing through the hands like time,
Vivid and painful, peaceful, unexpected,
Unasked and undeserved - it spires away.
An end to all possessing -
Owning is snatching at smoke. Yielding
Is running before the wind, full-sailed,
The wake white and leaving no stain
This is to be, and an end of possessing.
Barry Palmer (1934 - 1998)