The middle, she said, is what
is all important, for everything
extends from that precise point.
It’s something we learned
as children, a lesson sitting
in every good playground.
Buddhists know it certainly,
it is the way we want to find,
the route to peace and compassion.
And let’s face it, when it comes
to everything, we all know
that’s the place you want to be.
They gather this time every week,
they would feel lost if they did otherwise.
The don’t do it out of any sense of duty
or higher calling, and they expect
nothing in return for having done so.
They aren’t even following directions
or obeying some unwritten rule.
They object to most rules,
demand logic before even pausing
to consider requests for action.
Holidays do throw off their schedule
but they work around them as best they can.
Theirs is a joyous group
and only the swings groan
under their laughter as their feet
reach up to kick the clouds,
before night falls on the playground.