Look in the Mirror
Look in the mirror at your own face.
Do you see the light streaming from your eyes?
Tell me, friend,
Are you the mirror or the seeing?
The reflection or the streaming light?
Look, look closely.
Look in the mirror of your own mind.
Past thought-waves and memory,
Past judgments and conclusions,
Liking or disliking.
Look in the mirror of your own awareness,
Gaze into what you do not know.
Be steady. Do not flinch.
You long to know what's true before you die,
But knowing will be your death.
Which will it be?
Fear bubbles in the shadows.
Distractions, control, rage
Rise up to protect an image
That has not been the friend
You are looking for the True Friend.
Standing on the edge,
You think there is something to do.
But all that is required is to
Be still and know.
Look into the Round Mirror
Streaming light radiance.
Look so deeply into your self
Your image disappears.
Now what are you?
Silence does not answer.
© Dorothy Hunt
Photo courtesy of Nina Cherington