The Third Step Prayer
God, I offer myself to Thee-
To build with me
and to do with me as Thou wilt.
Relieve me of the bondage of self,
that I may better do Thy will.
Take away my difficulties,
that victory over them may bear witness
to those I would help of Thy Power,
Thy Love, and Thy Way of life.
May I do Thy will always!
I have a dream-
To birth noble dreams
Of heaven into reality:
As one in one moment
Look up to the sky
In almost perfectly
But what already is
Heaven in a moment
Spent looking upward
Together as One-
An Earth-sky experience
Just a moment
Of planetary connection
Unfold an evasive truth
Ahead of us:
Create a dream
Live a dream
End a dream
Recreate a dream.
The long and tedious moment
Seemed to last a lifetime
As I sat alone and cried.
I wish people would disappear
Just for a moment or two
So I can live my life alone
In solitude and solidarity.
Feeling through pain, hurt and loss
Would rejuvenate my laughter
And spark creativity.
We want what we don’t have.
We dream that to be better.
What I see in One will not change
What I see in the other.
I wish all the freeways
Would disintegrate into seeds-
Seeds of huge Weeping Willows.
I would climb those trees
And swing upon their branches.
I would make love to them.
I wish no walls or squares ever existed.
I wish the world was one
And if I looked outward
I would see a land of Godpeace and Earthbalance-
Full of forest, mountain, waterfall.
I wish all electricity and technology
Would just go away for awhile
So I can see the illumination of stars
And feel the language of Beautiful Earth.
Why can’t we put electrical outlets
Into Earthdirt floors and plug our cord
Into an energy source?
I wish I was alone, lying nude
On a grassy hilltop, gazing up at clouds
With near silence, trees and animals.
I wish to experience myself
Without unnecessary distractions.
I wish to make love to Mother Earth-
To constantly and passionately
Make love and love alone.
The Great Father above is a Shepherd Chief. I am His and with Him I want not.
He throws out to me a rope
and the name of the rope is Love
and He draws me to where the grass is green
and the water not dangerous
and I eat and am satisfied.
Sometimes my heart is very weak
and falls down
but He lifts me up again
and draws me into a good road.
His name is Wonderful.
Sometime, and it may be very soon,
it may be very long, long in time
He will draw me into a valley.
It is dark there, but I’ll be afraid not,
for it is in between those mountains
that the Shepherd Creator will meet me
and the hunger that I have in my heart
all through this life will be satisfied.
He gives me a staff to lean upon.
He spreads a table before me
with all kinds of food.
He puts His hand upon my head
and all the “tired” is gone.
My cup He fills till it runs over.
What I tell is true.
I lie not.
These roads that are away ahead
will stay with me through life and after,
and afterwards I will go to live
in the Big Tepee and sit down
with the Shepherd Chief forever.
So be it.
from Turtle Zen