"The Heart of Things"
by Larry Morris
Little did I know
that was waiting for me
as I walked into that room
so many years ago.
Now I see there never was a choice
nor was it an accident
or a random event.
My sad heart so unfulfilled,
all the long years of seeking something beyond…
all the failures of the search
the initial beauty;
flowers that faded before my eyes.
How could I know that You
would be everything for me
inexhaustible completion of my long search.
My heart still burns with gratitude.
Now I know Love is a place we cannot avoid.
It is as certain as our first breath.
The Pure Land of the Buddha that exists in each of us.
The Kingdom of Heaven.
So Love is a place
and we can’t miss It, can’t earn It, can’t resist It,
It will take hold of us
and there is no escape,
even in death…
so now I wait each moment inside myself
for that Love to find me again.
There is no choice for any of us.
We are in that Love
or we are waiting for It to come again.
Everyone in the universe is destined for this.
Maybe this Love is what the universe is.
Sooner or later all that seek It find It.
Sooner or later all that avoid It are captured by It.
It’s not a matter of intensity or of surrender.
From our first breath to the last
this Love has been with us
every step of our way.
It is what breathes us, gives us life.
And the next life and the next,
It will find us over and over again,