I am a thief,
a professional thief.
But despite my great expertise,
I’m not able to make both ends meet.
what would I say? —it’s the worst:
like everyday digging a well,
to quench an inescapable thirst.
But today when I returned home
from the end of the world,
I had a vision I could clearly see,
and my future was just dancing before me.
I need simply to sit on the terrace of my room,
maybe on the floor or in a reclining chair,
beyond any worry or any care,
and do my stealing leisurely from there.
“Run your faithful imagination before; ”
the vision said, “the treasure of the whole world
would be yours! ”
From the heart of the wonderful moonlit night,
I steal the stillness into my mind,
stuffing into the bag the twinkling stars of my breaths,
coming in and going out that I watch incessant
at the tip of my nose
with the moon of my awareness- like a torch!
Then I snatch the clouds floating around
of the sensations coursing throughout my body,
until I have collected all the clouds from the sky,
and the moon of my awareness
brightly shining by and by.
Finally I put the moon of awareness into my bag as well,
and a miracle happened, difficult to be believed,
love, beauty, and joy overflowed throughout my being,
what a sigh of relief at last I heaved!
And I thought:
“Does this treasure require any thinking?
It is a dance! The whole being is singing! ”
I have collected enough of the treasure,
and should make now for home,
but, I realized,
I’m already in my own room,
so why bother? Just relax in leisure.
And it was an incredible transformation!
I’ve changed. Lo! I am absolutely changed:
no more shame!
But now, I’m a clean man;
no longer a thief, I can claim.
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