Give Joy

You give vast joy to the Master
when you give a little joy
to the small and voiceless.
Who dips the full moon
in the chalice of night?
Who tastes the wine of darkness?
You do.
It is very simple, friend, this mystery.
We are here to receive pleasures
the way still waters receive
ripples from the wind,
and then to give
ten thousand times
more pleasure than we received.
How?
By reflecting the whole sky
in a teardrop.
Grow old, look back, rejoice.