No Mud, No Lotus. {Poem}

Via Erica Leibrandt
on Apr 2, 2014
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“No mud, no lotus.”

~ Tich Naht Hahn


No Mud, No Lotus

No mud, no lotus.

No noise, no silence.

No silence, no song.

No bitter, no sweet.

No low, no high.

No old, no young.

No weak, no strong.

No ugly, no beautiful.

No broken, no whole.

No black, no white.

No white, no color.

No missing, no found.

No fall, no rise.

No work, no play.

No death, no birth.

No Adam, no Eve.

(No Eve, no Adam.)

No mud, no lotus.


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About Erica Leibrandt

Erica Leibrandt is a licensed mental health clinician, certified yoga instructor, and mother to six heathens who masquerade as innocent children. If she occasionally finds herself with a fried egg on her plate or dancing until dawn, she asks that you not judge her. Life is short, she knows the chicken that laid the egg, and we can never dance too much. Connect with Erica on Facebook and Twitter. And visit her website.


2 Responses to “No Mud, No Lotus. {Poem}”

  1. SDC says:

    Haven't read a poem of yours in YEARS! This is terrific.