I Want to Suffer

by Larry Chamberlin   Mar 8, 2018




For years I’ve espoused the message
from Gautama Buddha’s life:
pain is inevitable - suffering is optional;
but now I feel error in this middle way.

Let me suffer, let me float in ecstasy
let the joys and aches of being human
fill existence unconstrained to the brim
and even overflow to sloppy side spills.

The eightfold shutdown of liveliness
may stem the tidal wave of dharma
let you cease the endless stream
of birth and hideous contorted life.

But I’ll accept the burden for the depths
of hell kept fresh in nerves scraped raw
and heaven’s heights rarely attained
but laminated in their satoric clarity.

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  • 6 months ago

    by Ren

    "Let me suffer, let me float in ecstasy
    let the joys and aches of being human
    fill existence unconstrained to the brim
    and even overflow to sloppy side spills."
    ^^
    All I can say is...(<3)^love button has been clicked!

  • 6 months ago

    by Meena Krish

    The title grabbed me among many other titles and I wondered
    why you would feel this way....at some point in life when one feels
    the weight of society and its atrocities, Buddhism springs forth to
    show a clearer picture. From what you have penned and the
    experiences you have had, this goes deeper then what is simply
    stated...I hope that made sense...take care.

    • 6 months ago

      by Larry Chamberlin

      I no longer desire the serenity of detachment. I want to live to the fullest, whether in agony or joy

  • 6 months ago

    by Em (marmite)

    All I can say is nominated and hopefully that shows my appreciation of this masterpiece

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