Pleasure Pain
Life & Love

We seek the one
Avoid the other

Go, look in the mirror.
How did you arrive?

Mother feels pain
then pleasure

with new life
in her arms
held close.

a seed bursts forth
a baby pushes out

a miracle of life
a spirit of love

Do not seek pleasure
Do not avoid pain

They are sisters
not separate

Learn
from the mothers,

pain and pleasure
in each moment

is a life of love.

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December 26, 2020