Voices on the Wind
Voices in the Garden
by Susan Stevens
Preferences are harmless; we can have as many as we want. . .[but] We have to see
that everything we demand (and even get) eventually disappoints us.
Charlotte Joko Beck, Nothing Special
If we have distance
won't let us demand,
much less get.
The delight lies in missing
something. Or someone. Yeats
said (was he thinking of love?),
“Be secret and exult,
because of all things known,
that is the most difficult.”
In the garden we may spy something
we missed before—a thing we must have.
But the core of it's this: Demand satisfaction
in practice, exercise, action, and you attach
to dismay. Satisfaction is that glorious unspeakable
thing that freely comes to me arising from distance and missing
(in Kosho Uchiyama's words, “when I open the hand of thought”).