After a long break, Poem Saturday is back.  But this past while, the poem that’s been wandering through my head the most often, one that I recite every night, isn’t strictly a “poem”–it’s the Evening Gatha.
Let me respectfully remind you
Life and death are of supreme importance.
Time swiftly passes and opportunity is lost.
Each of us should strive to awaken.
Take heed!
Do not squander your life.
Doen has been speaking often lately of the importance of effort in our practice.  Keep working harder; make every thing your practice.  For me, it all circles around to the Evening Gatha.  Use this time well.  Don’t squander your life.

Sun-face Buddha, moon-face Buddha by Tawni Anderson