Dharma Poem: Captain Whole Heart

(for sangha)

Who is wholehearted?
Knights slaying dragons?
Disentangling maidens?
Percival?  Launcelot?
Bright-eyed, pure?
Right Arm of God?

Who radiates from within
Full of fire 
Who knows how to kneel?

If you hold back you can’t be captain.
You need conviction to raise a sword.

Captain Whole Heart is no fool.
She who forswears protection
Takes off her armor & rides to dragons
Strong with love unconditional.

What the lance? And what the helmet?
What the heart without hesitation?
The living, breathing being who, 
Making no distinctions, bears no fear?

© June 20-21, 2018 | Carolyn White


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