Night Demons by William Menza

[Editor’s note: William Menza is a dharma brother and lay dharma teacher in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. This also makes him a beloved member of the Order of Interbeing. We learned recently that he has cancer. There will be two more poems from Bill. Enjoy!]

Night Demons by William Menza

My pains, regrets, fear, worry, terrors,
Come to visit at night
When it is quiet, peaceful,
When there are few demands, few distractions.
During the day it’s too busy for us.
They are always calling out to me.
“Please help me.”
“You are the only one who can take care of me.
But when they show up I tell them: “Go away!”
They reply: “But you are all we have.”
So I embrace them unconditionally.
I embrace my pains, my demons,
As I breath-in and breath-out,
Deeply aware of them.
I smile to them.
Relax them.
Rest them.
Heal them.
My pains, my demons are sleeping.
My pains, my demons are safe at home within.

September Full Moon in Oslo, Norway

September Full Moon in Oslo, Norway
by Mala Freedman, © 2014

Please join me in wishing Bill a complete recovery.

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