The gong

By Nicholas Hooper

The gong strikes
and wakes the mind to another life,
finding a path to hidden peace and ease of being.

Just as the fish swims easily in the water of suffering,
so can I find currents and waves that
help me on my way.

One has a tendency
to always asks for a map, a meaning,
but the way is ever unknown, the future unchartered and misty.

You cannot see round the corner on the road of life,
so do not worry about that bend
but look around you.

Be careful not to stub your toe
or bash your hand on the sharp edges of your kitchen,
but live in the full awareness of the next step and savour that moment.



About Dawnings:
“Every morning at around 5am I get up and go down to my studio. After a short meditation I write down whatever is in my head, giving myself fifteen minutes to do so. Then moving over to the piano (or a more portable instrument like my Ukulele when I'm away), I improvise and record a piece of music inspired by whatever words I just wrote. It is a great way of keeping both my writing and my composing going and I call these small creations Dawnings. They are mostly unedited, like sketches, so that they keep that fresh feeling of an early morning discovery.”

— Nick Hooper